Legends of the Lost Tribes, Episode 9

25 Minutes, 1996
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Directed by: Aran Patinkin
Production Company:Neot Semadar Communications Ltd.
Photographer: Dan Avnun
Language: Hebrew
Subtitles: English, Hebrew

A 13-episode documentary series created by director and filmmaker, Aran Patinkin, which traces the legend of the lost tribes who, according to ancient scriptures were banished from the Kingdom of Israel after it fell to the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE. On this journey, in which Patinkin sets out to uncover what became of them, every episode shines a line on select individuals, traditions, beliefs, and cultures which, in some form or another, all lead back to one of the lost tribes.
Episode 9 of the series focuses on the Peruvian Israelites (aka ‘Israelitas’) – a group of devout Christians who study the Old Testament rigorously, and whose many customs are highly reminiscent of Jewish traditions: from their observance of the holy Sabbath, to making sacrificial offerings on all the Jewish high holidays including Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuoth.


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