Brit-Am Now no. 1230
22 September, 22 Elul 5768
Contents:
1. Thank You from Brit-Am and Replies to Thank You from Brit-Am Supporters
2. British Monarchs Descended from Judah via Trojans?
3.
Khazars make the news
a) Scholar claims to find medieval Jewish capital
by MANSUR MIROVALEV
(b) News Photo Results for Khazars
(c) Map of Khazaria Prepared for Brit-Am by Estelle Schutte




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1. Thank You from Brit-Am and Replies to Thank You from Brit-Am Supporters
(a) Thank You
From: yair <britam@netvision.net.il>

To all Brit-Am Now Subscribers,
Next week will be the Jewish New Year (two days long, from sunset 29th to sunset 30th September) which will usher in the year 5769.
On this day according to our understanding all the world is judged and major decisions for the coming year are taken in heaven.
From time to time we have been complaining of our lack of funds that we blamed on our membership as well as indulging in other forms of berating and criticism.
The fact is that in consideration of our relatively small numbers and of who we are we have done well enough. By virtue of your moral and/or financial support, by your believing in us, and continuing to receive our messages and read them you have all enabled us to keep going.
We have evolved because of you and maybe together with you.
You have been tolerant of our idiosyncrasies and learning-as-we-go blunders.
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May the Almighty bless all of you,
Yair Davidiy
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(b) Replies to Thank You

(1) Ron Fraser
Greetings Yair!
We appreciate the integrity of your research, and the opportunity to use the end product to educate others.
Ron Fraser

(2) Levi
I thank you to ,Yair for your due diligence, as you help us understand what our BLESSED ONE  is doing in order for  HIS WILL to be done 60 years after the rebirth of Eretz-Yisraol.
May you have a  happy Roshhashanna and May THE BLESSED ONE increase you in the coming Jewish Holidays, and celebrations called for all Israelites to observe in  The TORAH.  One day soon we will observe these days together in  Israel as our forefathers did so many centurys and our Brothers of Judah will have the honor of teaching us what our Fathers were not able to teach us.
Shalom Yair,
Levi

(3)  David Crawford
Dear Yair,
To you should go honor and thanks for all the hours you have put in so selflessly so that we may be informed and enlightened.
Thank you for keeping the flame burning and the zeal to carry on regardless . Blessing for the  New Year and the Festive season ahead.
Shalom & Ahava from David & Lynda Crawford

(4) Marcia Smeenk
Dear Yair,
 I was also wondering what event occurred 5769 years ago from which the numbering of years began.   Hope you have a joyous New Year!
Sincerely,
Marcia



Brit-Am Reply:
The Hebrew dating of years begins from the creation of Man.



(5) Arnold Barker
Thank you for your articles, and your website.
Your message is needed today, so few people have any understanding of what you are teaching.
Keep up the good work, it is truly appreciated.
Arnold

(6) Shalom Pollack <shalompo@yahoo.com>
shana  tova  umevorechet [May you have a good and blessed year]
Shalom
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(7) Lyn Holmes
Dear Yair,
The Almighty bless you too.
May that include prosperity and favour.
Thanks for your hard work!
Lyn

(8) Jayne Botha.
This would be a good time to thank you for all your time and effort - may HaShem Bless you for your continued perseverance with us - have learned an amazing amount from your works and continue to do so...
Keep up the fantastic work - just know
that you are appreciated. 
Shalom for a Good Year.  Jayne Botha.



2. British Monarchs Descended from Judah via Trojans?
http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=lanastl&id=I07956



3. Khazars make the news

article forwarded by Cam Rea


(a) Scholar claims to find medieval Jewish capital http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080920/ap_on_re_eu/russia_lost_capital
By MANSUR MIROVALEV, Associated Press Writer Sat Sep 20, 2:13 PM ET

MOSCOW - A Russian archaeologist says he has found the lost capital of the Khazars, a powerful nation that adopted Judaism as its official religion more than 1,000 years ago, only to disappear leaving little trace of its culture.

Dmitry Vasilyev, a professor at Astrakhan State University, said his nine-year excavation near the Caspian Sea has finally unearthed the foundations of a triangular fortress of flamed brick, along with modest yurt-shaped dwellings, and he believes these are part of what was once Itil, the Khazar capital.

By law Khazars could use flamed bricks only in the capital, Vasilyev said. The general location of the city on the Silk Road was confirmed in medieval chronicles by Arab, Jewish and European authors.

"The discovery of the capital of Eastern Europe's first feudal state is of great significance," he told The Associated Press. "We should view it as part of Russian history."

Kevin Brook, the American author of "The Jews of Khazaria," e-mailed Wednesday that he has followed the Itil dig over the years, and even though it has yielded no Jewish artifacts, "Now I'm as confident as the archaeological team is that they've truly found the long-lost city,

The Khazars were a Turkic tribe that roamed the steppes from Northern China to the Black Sea. Between the 7th and 10th centuries they conquered huge swaths of what is now southern Russia and Ukraine, the Caucasus Mountains and Central Asia as far as the Aral Sea.

Itil, about 800 miles south of Moscow, had a population of up to 60,000 and occupied 0.8 square miles of marshy plains southwest of the Russian Caspian Sea port of Astrakhan, Vasilyev said.

It lay at a major junction of the Silk Road, the trade route between Europe and China, which "helped Khazars amass giant profits," he said.

The Khazar empire was once a regional superpower, and Vasilyev said his team has found "luxurious collections" of well-preserved ceramics that help identify cultural ties of the Khazar state with Europe, the Byzantine Empire and even Northern Africa. They also found armor, wooden kitchenware, glass lamps and cups, jewelry and vessels for transporting precious balms dating back to the eighth and ninth centuries, he said.

But a scholar in Israel, while calling the excavations interesting, said the challenge was to find Khazar inscriptions.

"If they found a few buildings, or remains of buildings, that's interesting but does not make a big difference," said Dr. Simon Kraiz, an expert on Eastern European Jewry at Haifa University. "If they found Khazar writings, that would be very important."

Vasilyev says no Jewish artifacts have been found at the site, and in general, most of what is known about the Khazars comes from chroniclers from other, sometimes competing cultures and empires.

"We know a lot about them, and yet we know almost nothing: Jews wrote about them, and so did Russians, Georgians, and Armenians, to name a few," said Kraiz. "But from the Khazars themselves we have nearly nothing."

The Khazars' ruling dynasty and nobility converted to Judaism sometime in the 8th or 9th centuries. Vasilyev said the limited number of Jewish religious artifacts such as mezuzas and Stars of David found at other Khazar sites prove that ordinary Khazars preferred traditional beliefs such as shamanism, or newly introduced religions including Islam.

Yevgeny Satanovsky, director of the Middle Eastern Institute in Moscow, said he believes the Khazar elite chose Judaism out of political expediency, to remain independent of neighboring Muslim and Christian states. "They embraced Judaism because they wanted to remain neutral, like Switzerland these days," he said.

In particular, he said, the Khazars opposed the Arab advance into the Caucasus Mountains and were instrumental in containing a Muslim push toward eastern Europe. He compared their role in eastern Europe to that of the French knights who defeated Arab forces at the Battle of Tours in France in 732.

The Khazars succeeded in holding off the Arabs, but a young, expanding Russian state vanquished the Khazar empire in the late 10th century. Medieval Russian epic poems mention Russian warriors fighting the "Jewish Giant."

"In many ways, Russia is a successor of the Khazar state," Vasilyev said.

He said his dig revealed traces of a large fire that was probably caused by the Russian conquest. He said Itil was rebuilt following the fall of the Khazar empire, when ethnic Khazars were slowly assimilated by Turkic-speaking tribes, Tatars and Mongols, who inhabited the city until it was flooded by the rising Caspian Sea around the 14th century.

The study of the Khazar empire was discouraged in the Soviet Union. The dictator Josef Stalin, in particular, detested the idea that a Jewish empire had come before Russia's own. He ordered references to Khazar history removed from textbooks because they "disproved his theory of Russian statehood," Satanovsky said.

Only now are Russian scholars free to explore Khazar culture. The Itil excavations have been sponsored by the Russian-Jewish Congress, a nonprofit organization that supports cultural projects in Russia.

"Khazar studies are just beginning," Satanovsky said.

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(b) News Photo Results for Khazar
http://news.search.yahoo.com/search/news;_ylt
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BHNlYwNzZWFyY2g-?p= khazar&c=images&x=wrt

 

(c) Map of Khazaria

Prepared for Brit-Am by Estelle Schutte

Map shows four main centers of Khazar Civilization
Number 4 shows Itil (also known as Saksin, the "Saxon City") the Khazar capital the above article speaks about.
The Map appears in our new work
"KHAZARS. Israelite Tribes in Exile"






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