Time is relative. Summer months fly by,
but the winter is endless. A wedding
day is over in a flash, but waiting for
medical test results for a loved one has the minutes dragging on
and on. A two-week vacation is way too short, yet spending an
hour at a less-than-stimulating meeting can feel like an eternity.
Parents of young children feel as though they will never get
through the ‘terrible 2’s’ phase, while parents of high-schoolers
are amazed to find they have a new driver in the family.
Not only do specific situations create a sense of a time shift, but
I have a different sense of time depending on my own age at the
time of the event. When I was a child, my next birthday seemed
light years away. I remember how important it was to say I was
4½ and then 4¾. Now when I celebrate
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Continuing with my theme of sharing a bit about Jews around the world, this month I will focus on the Jews of India. Throughout the history of India, there have been several different communi- ties of Jews that thrived amongst the Hindu community. I am going to focus on the tribe known as the Bene Israel (Children of Israel), as they were the largest community in India.
There are varying beliefs as to where and how the Bene Israel originated, but the most popular seems to be found in oral tradi- tion. It has been said that the Jews who fled in 175 B.C.E. from the ruler Antiochus Epiphanes (remember him from the Chanukah story?) were ship wrecked on the Konkan Coast, about 30 miles south of Bombay. The survivors included 7 men and 7 women who became the Bene Israel community. As the community grew, the Bene Israel took