Jews of Khazaria 2
Posted By Mike Rosenthal on August 30, 2010 | Leave a Comment
Did you know that an entire empire converted to Judaism in the 8th and 9th centuries? Not many people see Judaism as a religion that inspires entire peoples, and not since John Hyrcanus the Hasmonean and nephew of Judah the Maccabee did a large swath of people convert to Judaism. The Khazars, however, did, though their motivations for doing so and their lives as Jews remain shrouded in mystery. Are there Jewish Khazar descendants today? Judah HaLevy‘s famous philosophical treatise the “Kuzari” centers around a (fictitious, though interesting) dialogue with the King of these elusive people of the distant past.