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What was Maran Ovadia Yosef's reasoning for considering Ethiopian Jews halachically Jewish?

From my understanding the genetic makeup of Ethiopian Jews is mostly similar to those of the local Amhara and Tigrinya populations which suggests that the majority of their ancestors were converts as ...
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How does the Beta Israelite community interpret Wayikra/Leviticus 16 in regards to the scapegoat, "Azazel"?

To my understanding, the Beta Israel community accepts HaSepher Chanoch within their canon. That being said within HaSepher Chanoch, Azazel is described as a fallen angel (Enoch Literature) which is ...
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Seforim about Halachic status of Beta Israel

I am looking for any seforim that talk about the halachic status of the Beta Israel (Ethiopian Jews). (I remember once seeing a book generally about yichus of Jews, mainly the Russians and the ...
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Identity of Mota Musa and Mota Aron?

Are the Beta Israel texts Mota Musa, and Mota Aron the midrashim Petirat Moshe and Petirat Aharon, a retelling of the same content, or some other texts?
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Do Beta Israel eat kitniot?

Do Beta Israel eat kitniot during Pesach? More broadly do they have unique a mesorah for Pesach kashrus?
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Are there leviyim in the Beta Israel Community?

Are there leviyim in the Beta Israel Community? If so, how does their role in the Beta Israel Community differ from other Jewish Communities? (Do they get the second aliyah, etc.)
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Using Ethiopian oral law to resolve machloket

This question and particularly my comment on the question got me thinking. Assuming those who became the Ethiopian Jews received the oral law exactly the same as the rest of Israel, could we ...
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Sigd prostration

Would prostration pose a halachic problem for a non-Ethiopian Jew who decides to participate in Sigd? Clearly the worshipers are prostrating themselves to none other than the One Jewish God. Is the ...
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May a non-Ethiopian Jew celebrate Sigd?

Ethiopian Jews recently celebrated their festival of Sigd, which involves reacceptance of the Torah, communal fasting and feasting, and prayers. Is it acceptable for someone of a Minhag other than ...
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Must Mashiach have Jewish ancestry, or just Davidic?

So I recently found out that the rulers of Ethiopia claim descent from Shlomo. Since Mashiach needs to come from David, if this is true they fulfill that requirement. However, it is unlikely (or at ...
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How do Ethiopian Jews see the Book of Jubilees?

Is the Book of Jubilees considered to be on par with Chumash by the Beta-Israel?
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What is the difference between Beta Israel and Beta Avraham

What exactly is the difference between the Beta Israel and the Beta Avraham? Are the Beta Avraham halachickly jewish?
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Do Beta Israel have Kohens?

Does the Beta Israel community have Kohens? Are Kahens equivalent? If so, are they descended from Aaron?
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Is there a Beta Israel Siddur?

Ashkenazi siddurs are different from Sephardic siddurs, do Beta Israel Siddurs even exist?
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