Friday, June 3, 2016

Netanyahu reveals his Saphardic roots

Rabbi Yehuda Lave

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

A popular observation states, "Nothing is as easy as it looks. Everything takes longer than you expect. And if anything can go wrong, it will, at the worst possible moment."

When you are mentally prepared for events (without being nervous or anxious), you will find them much easier to cope with. If you always expect things to work out the way you wish, ask yourself what is the basis for your expectations. When you realize there is no basis for such an expectation, you will find it easier to give that up.

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Netanyahu Reveals New Surprise: He's Sephardic, Too

 Prime Minister Netanyahu says a DNA test showed there are Sephardic roots in his family ancestry after historical research by his brother Ido, a writer. By: Hana Levi Julian Published: May 25th, 2016


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during the inauguration ceremony of a new section of the Beit Hatfutzut, on May 24, 2016.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been called many things in his four terms as prime minister, but the latest surprise came Tuesday when he revealed that his Ashkenazi background is not as "pure" as it seems.

As a matter of fact, Netanyahu is part Sephardic. The prime minister told a gathering at the opening of the new wing at Beit Hatefutsot – the Diaspora Museum in Tel Aviv – that his family has Spanish roots.

The issue came up when he was handed a copy of his family tree at the event by the chair of the museum's board of directors, Irina Nevzlin.

After glancing at the document, Netanyahu remarked during his speech that the tree would have to be corrected.

"My brother, Ido, is a writer and physician. People who write family trees based on DNA tests approached him. Their thesis was that Lithuanian Jews – and we are from a Lithuanian family who were descendants of the Vilna Gaon – have Spanish roots."

Ido Netanyahu went on to have the saliva DNA test, which subsequently revealed that part of the Netanyahu family is of Sephardic ancestry.

"Of course they belatedly informed me of this, as chairman of the Likud party for 30 years," Netanyahu said.

"But it shows that all Jews are intertwined and I think that's one of the great lessons one learns when visiting this institution.

"One sees the family that is Israel."

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