Jews far and wide

20.10.2011                      22.Tischrei. 5772                       Schmini Azaret

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Jews far and wide

The customs of B’nei Israel and Bukharan Jews have been influenced by Jewish ‘missionaries,’ but these groups also maintain distinctive practices.

While Jews finish reading the Torah in synagogues around the world on Simhat Torah, it is worth pointing out that while all Jews share the same written Torah, different communities possess a variety of religious customs that have been passed down orally through the generations.
In fact, even what are considered to be common practices by the vast majority of Jews today are in fact just a dominant subset of some of the customs from a diverse and sometimes isolated number of Jewish communities throughout history and across the globe….