Video: The Ten Lost Tribes

Large numbers of Jews were exiled and disappeared. Where are they now?

Comments (28)

(21) Anonymous, December 19, 2013 5:27 PM

I disagree with the 'Jewish blood' concept

I must say, I was left disappointed at this video. It mentioned having "Jewish blood". That, in my eyes, was a disgusting thing to say! Judaism isn't about blood! It's a covenant, a culture, a nation people, not a race or ethnicity! If they really were Jewish blood, then what of the converts?! They don't have it, so they must not be Jews, right? That's sad, cruel, and sickening. The Torah itself says to love the convert, thus implying that there is no Jewish blood. I mean, you can't convert to get Asian blood and be Asian!! And as for the ten lost tribes, in one part of the Tanakh, it doesn't necessarily say '10' tribes were lost, it say the Northern Kingdom was exiled, and only 3 tribes are mentioned. I must say, I, personally, don't believe they're coming back. Doesn't the Tanakh say they'd only return if they changed their ways? I do believe, in another section of the Tanakh, it mentions that the exiles were still stuck in their idolatrous ways and did not go back in the way of the Torah.

Carolyn, January 3, 2014 10:40 PM

Reply to Anonymous Jewish blood, Conversion & Jewish blood

Being a Jew is many things, and when you convert, you are re-born as a Jew and have a new name. It is a deep change that is contained in your heart, and it is the fire in your blood that keeps your Jewish heart beating, no matter the DNA. One 1/4th of my blood is Jewish, but not enough or through my mother's side to make me a Jew, I have to convert. My faith came, like Abrahams in the wilderness. I found my own Hebrew name. People who are lost can find their way back. We cant know the path, and if it is something in our DNA, does it matter, if that is the way? Our Creator made us the way he did, and gave us the free will to find our way in this world. Why limit ourselves in what we believe is possible. I dream of Jewish unity, which is something hard to believe in for many reasons, but I do. If you believe someone can do something they may not think they can, it does provide help and moral support. On New Years Eve, in Cleveland, Ohio I saw this when Michelle Knight, one of the women held captive for years take the stage, joining the band to dance, celebrate and demonstrate joy. She did not give an interview, or need to say a word, and I am grateful the media let her express herself this way. This woman was estranged from society, family, and she was singled out by her captor to be the most hated. She is a hero, and so are the people who came to her aid, as shown by the change of society and their view of her. We can change, we can heal, we can love, we can forgive, we can try, and we can succeed. We are to be the light unto nations, that includes the people of the ten tribes that were lost. The author did not offend me, nor do I think that was his intention. I am secure in my connection to Our Creator no matter what anyone may think of me, period. This website has been incredibly important in the access and information it provides to people like me.

(20) Anonymous, October 7, 2013 3:14 AM

Uncanny Similarities

In Urdu which is spoken in Pakistan, the word for "one" is "ekh".
In Japanese Shinto rituals and architecture I see many commonalities with the Jewish practice of separating the holy from the profane, and the "Holy of Holies"
in the Shinto Shrine which you may not enter.
You are also supposed to purify your hands 3 times with a ladle -like equipment, using the pure water before entering the shrine. The priests also wear tassels.
According to Rabbi Spiro's video here , those of us walking around feeling a strong connection with the Jews are not mad after all. (or at least I have an excuse now!).

(19) Pauline, July 27, 2013 2:55 PM

Thank you for you insight in Torah and world views.

(18) Sheila LyonHall, July 21, 2013 5:16 PM

What If . . .

I am fascinated by the various accounts I read of people groupings in the world that appear to be linked to the Ten Lost Tribes. Here’s a thought – What if one day people who harbor deep prejudices discovered they had ancestral links to the racial, ethnic or cultural group they hated? What if DNA testing revealed THEY were “one of those people” – the object of their long-standing hatred? Would the truth behind such knowledge change them? Shalom!

(17) Ani, July 17, 2013 1:15 AM

I agree with you Devorah, I also believe that local people who worked for Jews wherever they lived at a particular time may have adopted their customs and passed it on throughout their generations.

(16) Anonymous, October 18, 2012 2:47 AM

Many Jewish People know inside, they are Jewish

I am very drawn to the Jewish traditions. I recently discovered I have Jewish ancestry. I never knew this before, but I always felt there was more to me and the other religions just didn't fit. I went to a Jewish Temple and my heart felt like I was finally "home".

RJ, May 13, 2013 6:02 PM

Recently Discovered Jewish Ancestry

I was looking around to see if I authored this, but I didn't. I discovered my Jewish ancestry about 1-1/2 years ago. From my teen years, I knew the religion I was raised in was not "right." I always felt there was something more -- much more. When I discovered my ancestry and went to a Jewish temple, I was speaking with a woman in the bookstore and told her that I felt like I was finally "home." Those words coming out of my mouth surprised me, but it was an accurate statement of how I felt. I have since been taking Hebrew 101 classes and learning the Hebrew alphabet. The classes feel like I am learning about my heritage, rather than just another history course, and the alphabet is surprising easier to learn than I thought. Now I have to learn the grammer and build my vocabulary. Most of all -- like "anonymous" said -- I am finally "home."

Jeannette, July 21, 2013 6:21 PM

I share in your joy!

I found out fifteen years ago that both my father's family and my mother's were Jews. I can not even begin to explain the peace that overcame me that day. I grew up Catholic in Colombia , SA. And I lived with so much guilt. and confusion because I just could not pray through anyone to my G-d and for years I denied myself a relationship with Hashem. I was so alone made so many mistakes in short I now know for a fact that without Him there is nothing. My closeness to my Creator has made Me who I new I was. I am never alone. My Oficial Conversion is a long one. Spiritually I am there and will continue to grow until My last breath. I love our traditions and the joy I have in my heart. Shalom

Abraham, November 16, 2013 6:40 PM


There are many of us, some cant even trace their Jewish Ancestry as their Ancestors hid or covered their Race through fear etc. My family on my Mothers side are Jewish but no trace of their Jewishness in any records, I had to convert to be a Jew.

(15) Judith, October 14, 2012 11:25 PM

linguistic similarities

Some words in Sanskrit are also Hebrew words e.g. 'eka' means ''echad'. There are others. In Hawaiian, the greeting 'eloha' means 'shalom': hello and peace. eloha or aloha is also the singular for elo[k]im- a greeting that seems to acknowledge the Gdly origin of the essence of each person. Who is, if anyone, doing the linguisitc research on these disparate languages that seem to reflect ancient Israelite culture and values?

(14) Devorah, October 11, 2012 1:36 AM

Would like some feedback on a little theory

There are many tribe-like groups and mini-societies worldwide, most of them, shall we say, technologically delayed (decidedly not First World) that I have read about, who claim either a close affinity to, or even to be directly descended from, the original tribes of Israel. Their proof may include: their insular practice of only marrying among themselves; avoiding milk with meat and other kosher-related practices;family purity restrictions; Jewish style prayers/Sabbath/Holidays;having Hebrew-sounding words and expressions in their dialects; having a tradition of the land of Israel - or some legendary Promised Land - as their dream homeland; Jewish ritual dress articles that are eerily similar to Tefillin and tzitzit; etc. It's intriguing, and after all these millenia of Galus the possibility of such racial disparity does not faze me. But I still remain healthily cynical. There is a long history of Jewish tradesmen traveling the world (even sent by King Solomon!) and leaving the locals spiritually and culturally impressed to the point where some Jewish practices can simply have been learned and adopted by these people because they are "cool," or whatever the 2,000-year-old equivalent of cool was. Another phenomenon that has occurred several times historically, is the situation in which there was a Jewish victory, causing a sense of fear in the hearts of the defeated natives and a desire to gain favor (and safety) by dropping their idol-worshiping ways and supposedly becoming Jewish. (Most classic case: Migilat Esther; "Veharbei mehem misYahadim" - and many of them became Jews). We know their changed status was not long-lived; I also sense that their conversions took place so rapidly that they could not have become properly learned. So these far-flung cultures who are discovered in Africa,Asia and Arabia can simply be remnants of those original MisYahadim ---and/or those impressionable simple folk who adopted those "cool" Jewish customs.What say you-all out there?

Salem, October 18, 2012 2:54 AM


I love this theory!

(13) Nir, October 7, 2012 12:22 PM

A video about possible Israelite origin of the Pashtuns and Pathans

By Simcha Yaakobovich

(12) Damien Leung, October 6, 2012 2:03 AM

Where are the 10 Lost Tribes?

Not long after King Solomon died, Israel split into the the North Kingdom of Israel and the South Kingdom of Judea. Over the next two hundred years plus later, most of the kings of the North Kingdom turned against God and the kingdom was then conquered by the Assyrians while the South Kingdom survived, only to be conquered later by the Babyloinans in 587 B.C. The Ten Tribes that had formed the North Kingdom had simply been assimilated into other cultures that had also come under Assyrian and later Babylonian rule. In that identity sense they were lost, but not in the sense that they were physically lost or dispppeared.

(11) Anonymous, October 5, 2012 10:34 PM

Ten Lost Tribes

What did you expect? They're men, they won't ask for directions.

(10) William Sanderson, October 5, 2012 7:33 PM

Very interesting comments re lost tribes!

Little seems available on thus subject. I'm sure more will come in the near future. will surely have it!!

(9) Bruce McLaughlin, October 5, 2012 6:51 PM

How strong is DNA analysis in unraveling the Lost Tribes question?

I have had significant but not thorough DNA analysis on myself as the data relates to both my father and mothers side. On my mothers side there are many, but not overwhelming "hits" related to Ashkenazi, Sephardic, and Mizrachi people or people groups found in my DNA. What can this mean?

(8) Kevin, October 5, 2012 6:04 PM

Who are the lost 10 tribes

I'm confused by the references in this video to Jews being part of the lost ten tribes. I understand that the House of Israel is made up of 12 tribes, of which Judah from which the Jews come is one. Ten have been "lost" due to various historical events, but will return. The whole House of Israel will then be reunited. That may seem like a rather literal understanding of prophecies and doctrines re future events. However, time, history, and continued discoveries seem to confirm that it is the safest, and ultimately most accurate perspective to have. On an unrelated note, I want to thank all of you at for all you do. I discovered you after visiting Israel in late Dec. 1999, with my wife on our honeymoon. The Millennium and Y2k scares kept tourists away so crowds were minimal. We had a great time and you have helped me more easily maintain a connection to Israel, its people, and the religion that binds and empowers them.

Batya, October 7, 2012 4:53 PM

Not all Israelites were/are Jews

I agree that calling the "Lost Tribes" Jews confuses the issue. After the twelve tribes of Israel was divided into the two houses of Israel/Ephraim and Judah, they often went to war against each other, and they have not yet been reunited. See Isaiah 8:14 and Ezekiel 37:15-28.

(7) Ann, October 5, 2012 3:20 PM

Like grains of sand indeed

Rabbi Spiro, I sooo loved this. HaShem knows who we all are and He is watching.

(6) Anonymous, October 5, 2012 1:23 PM

video cop-out

This was a disappointing video. Ken's voice should have been heard in the background, while we were seeing visual examples of who might be part of the Lost Tribes, such as the Pashtuns. Just standing and telling us, was boring. I can read that in a book.

(5) Cyrus - Canada, October 5, 2012 11:22 AM

Lost Tribes

Some time ago a Jewish group did a VHS video tracing the paths of the Lost Tribes along the silk roads even to china. Along the way the discovered many clues and evidence of the Lost Tribes in that part of the world. It was quite interesting. Is that video still available or has it been updated?

(4) Yeshayahu Hollander, October 5, 2012 10:44 AM

We should open routes for their return

for this, of course, we must study them and consult with them, and not fear, but pray that we make no mistakes.

(3) Anonymous, October 5, 2012 9:25 AM

seems nice but not unified

in that past...when one "lost"Jew intermarried and thereafter intermixed...are we calling his progeny "Jews" in the future of perhaps 180 generations that still a Jew? or are you suggesting that pashtuns for example might have more intensive lineage and this might qualify them moreso?

(2) Frank Adam, October 5, 2012 8:46 AM

Perhaps they had heder teachers instead of rabbis?

Has anyybody actually checked out what language group Pashtu belongs to? Does it matter to our function as Jews in this era of the World to drag up which tribe our ancestors belonged to? THe vision of the Messianic of too many is rearview mirror and should be forward looking to what we will do to make a better World and what on precedent we shall not do to spoil it.

(1) Avraham, September 23, 2012 7:15 PM

The sambatyan

The sambatyan is a dimensional gateway, hence its appearance in different places over history, and the ten tribes are safely on the other side. When the time comes, they will simply appear and rejoin the visible (to us) Jewish community.

Jack, October 5, 2012 1:54 PM

The Sambatyan

Hi Avraham, I have been wondering about this for a long time. How do you know that the Sambatyon isnt just somewhere we cannot see because god doesnt want us to?


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