Hazkarah: A Symbolic Day for the Reconstituting of the Jewish-Ethiopian Community

By Emanuela Trevisan Semi

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), March 2005

The author analyzes the invention of Hazkarah ("memory"), a new holiday of Ethiopian Jews in Israel that commemorates those who perished while trying to reach Israel from Ethiopia before and during Operation Moses (1984-5). The author explains that Hazkarah expresses the Ethiopian Jews' process of Israelization in contrast to their traditional holiday of Segd, celebrated in Ethiopia to celebrate the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai and reintroduced in Israel to express the community's re-Ethiopianization.

Topic: Race, Beta Israel, Ethiopian Jews, Holidays, Diversity, Zionism

Name of Publication: Jewish Political Studies Review

Volume/Issue: Vol. 17/No. 1-2

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Genre: Report

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Semi, Emanuela Trevisan. Hazkarah: A Symbolic Day for the Reconstituting of the Jewish-Ethiopian Community. Jewish Political Studies Review. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). March 2005: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=2318


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