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Orthodox in Madagascar?

The Jewish diaspora is everywhere! A new Jewish community has sprung up with 121 Orthodox conversions in remote Madagascar. Read the article here, in the Times of Israel.

According to the article, many of the islanders who converted believe and that their founders were seafaring members of the ten Lost Tribes, meaning that their ancestry is of Israelite origin. 

"Even Prince Ndriana Rabarioelina, a descendant of the Merina monarchy of Madagascar, proudly asserts Jewish ancestry. He told JTA that up to 80 percent of Malagasies can claim Jewish roots. He asserts that portions of the tablets, Moses’s rod and a copy of the Book of Daniel are safeguarded by descendants of Levites in the Vatamasina-Vohipeno region of Madagascar."