Ayanna Nahmias, Editor-in-Chief
Last Modified: 15:02 PM EDT, 11 September 2009
Today is thefor Ethiopians. The unique thing about traditions and calendar observances, is how closely aligned they are with Judaism. Even a cursory knowledge of biblical history, calls to mind the great union between the titular heads of Ethiopian and Israel. Essentially, what began as a diplomatic interaction to negotiate political and economic trade concerns has subsequently been translated by a number of cultures and peoples into a great love story. I am speaking of the relationship between and the Queen of Sheba, known in Amharic as Makeda.
There are of course many historical, political, and biblical complexities that led to the divergence of Judaism and BBC History – The Queen of Sheba; or to explore the wealth of information and history presented by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, African Christianity in Ethiopia.. I am not an authority, but direct individuals interested in exploring the topic further to check out the
For me, the affinity that I have for Ethiopian people, culture, language and cuisine is inexplicable. I am often mistaken as Ethiopian, since I bare a resemblance to people from the horn of Africa. I cherish my relationships with my Ethiopian friends, and I am grateful that they have opened their hearts and communities to me. So, when a friend from Addis Ababa sent me the picture above, I couldn’t help but post it. This is a highly spiritual time for Ethiopian Christians and Jews alike. A time where we can through fasting and prayer, grow closer to Hashem, repent of our sins, and go forth into the New Year renewed.
For Jews, Rosh Hashana, literally “Head of the New Year” will be celebrated on sundown of September 18, 2009 on the Gregorian Calendar. In terms of the ראש השנה will occur on the 1st of Tishrei in the year 5770. For those of you interested in converting Gregorian calendar dates into their Hebrew equivalent check out Hebcal.com., Rosh Hashana, Follow Nahmias Cipher Report on Twitter Twitter: @nahmias_report
- The Queen of Sheba’s Gold (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Archaeologists strike gold in quest to find Queen of Sheba’s wealth (guardian.co.uk)
- Queen of Sheba’s gold mine discovered in Ethiopia (gadling.com)