|"Arab Jew from Yemen" (circa 1900)|
We recently discovered why.
|Yemenite family (circa 1914)|
The American Colony was a group of utopian American Christians who moved to the Holy Land in 1881. The leader of the group, Horatio Spafford, believed that "the return of the Jewish people to Jerusalem was a sign of the imminent second coming of Jesus," according to the Library of Congress curator of a recent exhibit.
|The "Gadite" (Yemenite) prayer in Spafford's Bible, 130 years ago|
Prayer of Jewish Rabbi offered every Sabbath in Gadite
synagogue, June 27?: He who blessed our fathers Abraham,
Isaac & Jacob, bless & guard & keep Horatio Spafford & his
household & all that are joined with him, because he has
shown us mercy to us & our children & little ones.
Therefore may the Lord make his days long...(?) and may the
Lord's mercy shelter them. In his and in our days may Judah
be helped (?) and Israel rest peacefully and may the
Redeemer come to Zion, Amen.
|A Yemenite Jew standing above the |
village of Silwan. The Yemenites lived
in caves there upon their arrival in 1882.
|Yemenite Jew at Yemin Moshe project in Jerusalem (1899)|
|Yemenite Family (1911)|