Henrietta Szold on Ethiopian Jews


“Among all the fragments, the flotsam and jetsam of Jewish history, none have had a more baffling fate than the Falashas of Abyssinia. Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, their reputed ancestors, shed the glamour of their romance upon them. All we know for certain is that they have been carrying on a historic struggle for the preservation of their Jewish selves for hundreds of years. In the course of the centuries the teachings and principles that make them Jews became more and more attenuated. It takes scholarship to discern that their simple practices express a complete identification with the Jewish people. To the rest of us the supreme vindication of the scholar's view lies in their invincible allegiance to the Jewish heritage — a steadfastness that has been matched only by that of their rescuers.”

Henrietta Szold


Source: Hadassah Newsletter, (May, 1924).