Our Ancient History

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Arrival Of Jewish Pilgrims in Cochin in A.D 63 !

Cochin Jews (also known as Malabar Jews or Kochinim, from Hebrew: יהודי קוצ'ין Yehudey Kochin) are the oldest group of Jews in India, with roots that are claimed to date back to the time of King Solomon. The Cochin Jews settled in the Kingdom of Cochin in South India, now part of the state of Kerala. As early as the 12th century, mention is made of the Jews in southern India. The Jewish traveler Benjamin of Tudela, speaking of Kollam (Quilon) on the Malabar Coast, writes in his Itinerary: "...throughout the island, including all the towns thereof, live several thousand Israelites. The inhabitants are all black, and the Jews also.

 There  is a small town called as "MALA" located in the Trichur district of Kerala state in South India where thousands of Jews lived till 1957.The Synagogue and Jewish Cemetry in Mala is build in A.D.1320 still stands as a vibrating memory of the Jewish past.Even the name 'Mala' is derived from the Hebrew word 'Ma-Ahla' which means 'The Center of Shelter'.

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Mala Jewish cemetery of the ancient times located in Kerala.

Deacaying Jewish Synagogue of Mala Town

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The synagogue had been in ruined state for long. In 1975, a storm caused serious damage to it. The roof and walls were compromised and foundational damage required the entire structure to be lifted hydraulically. 

Parts of the synagogue were demolished earlier to widen the road.

Unlike the remaining synagogues in the city, the synagogue doesn’t belong to the jew community. After it was noticed that the Synagogue was left in shambles, its guardianship was transferred to one of its long-standing members, Elias “Babu” Josepai.

MALA Community in Andhra pradesh

                              We from Andhra Pradesh are also belong to the MALA community, we believe that we belong to the 12 tribes Israel & our ancestors were migrated from Israel,  The anthropological evidence shows that the Mahars are Malas seemed to have hailed primarily from the drier upland area. According to researchers like Dr.Ambedkar, the Mahars and similar communities were actually warriors of some defeated kingdom (Mala- Malla (Sanskrit) = Warrior), they were pushed down in social status, they were disarmed but retained as village servants and later became slaves and untouchables. According to the government of India census data from 2001, Malas constituted 41.6% (5,139,305) of the scheduled castes (SC) population in the then state of Andhra Pradesh which has subsequently been bifurcated by the creation Telangana state they are largely concentrated in the coastal Andhra region. 


                              We belong to  Mala SC community. We live in Andhra Pradesh South India. Our Grandfathers names are Ramayya, Jogayya, Kannayya, Eliyah, Bangarayya, etc..
From many years we are called here as "Dasulu" (Slaves)(Deut 28:68). Our forefathers and even many people in present time are here only to serve the rich and upper caste people. By force and power, they've taken our lands, wives, children for their service. The Britishers were also unable to change these situations here during their ruling. Dr.Babasaheb Ambedkar fought for us and after the Independence, in 1947 he wrote Indian constitution and gave us the fundamental rights. So after 1956 in republic India, a small change came in our lives but still, we are being treated as servants in rural India. Until today in India, we all are treated as untouchables in some villages. Our ancestors and even many of us are farm workers, soldiers, weavers, village watchmen, and daily wage laborers. Many are suffering from poverty. Many people live in huts and don't have a good education and medical facilities. 


                                  Before the 19th century and after we had been worshipping village Goddesses and Hindu idols and sacrificing animals like the ox, lambs, goats, etc to the idols. After the 19th century, in the time of the British government, they provided education and medical facilities to serve our SC communities. So some of our community converted to Christianity and built a Luthern church in our Konerupet village in 1926. But being converted in Christianity they didn't change their ancient Hindu culture and traditions.  In our ancient Hindu culture, our forefathers wore turbans on their heads and women cover their heads with the edge of their sarees (1 Corinthians 11:3-6, Numbers 5:8, Genesis 24:65). In our marriage ceremonies and death ceremonies and every occasion, we eat beef. Only SC communities and Muslims eat beef in India. At the time of the new house opening ceremony, we tied Thoranamulu on the main door. Our Women during their menstrual period shouldn't touch anything until their cleansing. In the time of new births and deaths, we follow the rituals practices very strictly and buried the dead. Our family disputes, property disputes, and other disputes are settled by our village elders. If anybody does not listen to them they will be socially boycotted in the village. Our elders always used to do the favor to the rich and didn't help the poor. They collected money as fine from the poor and drank wine in the Chruch with that money. (Amos 2:6-8- So says Yahua: For three transgressions of Israel, and for four, I will not turn back from it, for they sold righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals. Those who trample upon the dust of the earth to be on the head of the helpless, and they divert the way of the humble. And a man and his father will go in to the same girl, in order to profane the name of My holiness. And they will stretch out beside every altar, and on garments taken in pledge. And they will drink the wine of those being fined in the house of their Elohim.) In our community many men are drunkards. Many are dying from this habit (Isaiah 28:1 - Woe to the crown of pride, to the drunkards of Ephraim, whose beauty is a fading flower, which is on the head of the fat valleys of them that are overcome with wine!).

                                      From My childhood I'm Observing our culture and activities among my people but which are not practiced in any other communities. So I questioned myself ...... 
who are these people? 
why are they treated as slaves in their own country?
 why only these people eat beef when others don't?
These people are called Hindus but they've kept Aryan Gods. They are converted into Christianity but they didn't leave their ancient culture and traditions.  When I was going to the school between 1980-90 I read news about the Israel and Palestine conflict in the newspapers which attracted me and I felt the pain in my heart, I loved Israel and always prayed for that country but I didn't know why I felt like that. My parents were poor and uneducated, they were farm workers, they didn't even go to the Church. But from my teenage, I used to study the Bible personally.
 In the Bible, the slavery of Israel attracted me very much. I compared my people's slavery in India with the slavery of Israel in Egypt. In India, our situation was worse than the Isreal in Egypt. From the ruling of the kings to democratic India, we were treated as slaves. (Deut 28:68)

                 

                                  We observed that some of our traditions, cultures, and drinking habit, before converting to Christianity we lived as Hindus and the Hindu culture was near to the Bible culture. In our Telugu language, some words are similar to the original Ivrith words. { (Telugu: Amma Ivrith: Emma (Mother), Telugu: Abbah Ivrith: Abbah (Father), Telugu: Thoramu Ivrith: Torah (Instructions), etc..}
Our Telugu new year also begins in the spring season as written in Tanakh. Hindus celebrate Vijaya Dasami at the time of Yom Kippur  (meaning: Victory over the sin and death) . These ancient Hindu traditions are near to Ivrith traditions.
                                            In this country, our slavery is connecting to the curses of Israelites written in the 28th Chapter of Deuteronomy.
Esther 1:1,3:8- According to these verses India to Kush (Ethiopia) Yehudis                                    scattered in 127 provinces.
Zephaniah 3:10- From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my worshipers, the                                         daughter of my dispersed shall bring my offering.
Jacob 1:1 - Jacob, a slave of Elohim and of the Master Yahusha Messiah, to the                      twelve tribes in the diaspora among the nations. 
 WE'VE LOST OUR IDENTITY.

We and Our kings, rulers, and forefathers sinned against to Our Most High and haven't obeyed his laws, so He scattered us to the four corners of the earth to serve the gentile kings and to worship their idols.
Some scholars researched on casteism in India and wrote that the SC communities Mala and Madiga belong to the Tribe of Ephraim and they came to Andhra Pradesh hundreds of years ago.
In the last days, Abba our Most High remembered His covenant with our Patriarchs and saved us through the faith in  Mashiyach, Son of David to follow the Torah and to Observe His appointed times and to gather together with the 12 Tribes of Israel in His righteous kingdom.

(Matthew 15:24- But he answered and said to them,  "I was not  sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel"). He Came For Us

 This Is Our HISTORY.

 

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