Marāṭhī va Hibru lipīnta gitāñcẽ pustaka [Hibru and Marathi Songs]

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Marāṭhī va Hibru lipīnta gitāñcẽ pustaka [Hibru and Marathi Songs]. 1930. Bombay. BM675.Z4 Z6265 1925.
Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, Special & Area Studies Collections, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida.

The precise historical roots of the Bene Israel Jews of India remain unknown. Theories posit their arrival in India from as early as 500 BCE to as late as the Middle Ages. Nevertheless, the Bene Israel lived for many centuries isolated from Jewish life elsewhere. As a result, they adopted the dress and many of the customs of their Konkan neighbors and spoke the mainstream Marathi language. The traditional Hebrew liturgical songs in this rare book are translated into Marathi for the Bene Israel community.

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