I think Meira Rossum is quite simply one of the most brilliant people I have met in a very long time, not to mention one of the most stunningly beautiful women. But I have a personal research interest in this topic: The very earliest inscriptions in Southern Israel and the Sinai Peninsula, the very earliest ceramics or wall-paintings with alphabetic, early Western Semitic Texts, refer to the Ancient Hebrew Tribal God Yahweh “and his Asherah”. This has been taken by many epigraphers and students of early Western Semitic religion to mean not only that “Monotheism” was utterly unknown to the earliest followers of YHWH (“I am who I am” but that the leader/creator God of the Hebrews had a WIFE—and her name was Asherah. In the story of King Ahab and Queen Jezebel of Israel, found in the Book of Kings, Elijah, before ascending to heaven in his chariot of fire, was the nemesis and brutal undoing of Queen Jezebel of Israel. But in the Bible, Jezebel’s greatest sin was worshipping the Goddess Asherah “on every green hill and in every green valley”—in other words, Asherah was a Fertility goddess, closely analogous to Astarte among the Northwestern Semites of Ebla, Mari, and Syria generally, but also to Ishtar and Inanna among the Eastern Semitic Akkadians, Assyrians, and Babylonians and their predecessors, the Sumerians.
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The Late History of the Jewish Tribe of Asher
Asheri Jews, specifically the Tribe of Asher, is one of the original tribes of Israel. We are considered a lost tribe of Israel, having been one of the tribes conquered and exiled by the Assyrians around 700 B.C. Our people were, and still are, considered lost by many people, due mostly to a lack of communication and direct affiliation with other Jews following the conquest of Israel and Judah. My people fled overland to the Caucasus, while others went by ship to the lands of what are today: Iceland, Denmark, The Netherlands, and Northern Germany. Arriving there they were enslaved by the native peoples. The women were used as pleasure slaves and the men as artisans and writers.
There was a great migration from 500 A.D. to 700 A.D. in which virtually all Asheri Jews migrated back to the region of Judea and were intercepted and enslaved by the Byzantine Empire. We became favored pleasure slaves for most of the Byzantine Empire’s history, principally in Constantinople, though Asheri Jewish women were traded or given as rare gifts. By 800 A.D., Asheri women were considered national treasures and were forbidden from being sold outside the empire. Exceptions were made for some allies of the Empire in Europe. Asheri Jewish women were well-known for their raven black hair, sky blue or blue-grey eyes, and very pale ivory skin. We were sometimes mistaken for Circassian women, who have a like appearance, though Asheri women tended towards sky blue eyes, while Circassian women tended towards grey.
Early on in the history of the Byzantine Empire and the late Western Roman Empire, Ashkenazi Jews would give Asheri Jewish women as tribute to rulers and Byzantine nobles, rather than give their own women, as was demanded. This was because Asheri Jews were viewed in a negative light amongst other Jews for being too submissive and docile; more suitable as slaves, entertainers, artists, athletes, dancers, and writers, than as warriors or in hard labor. The Asheri Jewish slaves of The Byzantine Empire were freed a year before Constantinople’s fall to the Ottomans. Each was gifted with a sum of money; the Emperor Constantine XI Palaiologos did not want the Asheri Jewish racial lines polluted by Turkish conquerors. Some did fall into the hands of the Ottomans nevertheless, and were again enslaved and used as prized entertainers and artisans.
The vast majority escaped however, and fled to Northern Europe where we lived, until Hitler came to power in Germany. While most Jews were taken and put into hard labor or sent to extermination camps, Hitler’s Reichsführer, Heinrich Himmler, envisioned using Asheri Jews as a perfect slave race to serve the Nazis. He had at some point become knowledgeable about the tribe of Asher and their history within the Byzantine Empire.
He had commented in his private notes that the Asheri were so light skinned and blue eyed that he and some Aryan lore masters considered the Asheri as destined to be ideal slaves for a perfect white Aryan race in a postwar Nordic paradise. Roughly 1.5 million Asheri Jews from all of Europe (about 70% of all Asheri Jews worldwide) were sent to North Africa early on in World War II, where they lived in slave camps for purposes of selective breeding. The best, most talented, and most beautiful were isolated and bred over the course of roughly two years. Each woman had one to two children during this time, before Allied forces captured North Africa, and drove the Germans and Italians from the continent.
The women and children were freed and fled to North America or back to Europe, though some would travel to what is now Israel. Muslims in Libya, Egypt, Tunisia, and Morocco launched a series of poorly organized campaigns to capture and enslave the recently freed Asheri Jewish women and their children, but failed in each case due to Allied Western military expeditions. No significant battles took place, as the allies had vastly numerical, technological, and tactical advantages.
We have often been confused with Sephardic Jews or Circassians. We are one of the smallest ethnic groups in the world. We are also considered the most enslaved people in history with fully two thousand years of confirmed history in servitude to western civilizations.
We are also recognized in the American Journal of Medicine, the European Medical Journal, and the New England Journal of Medicine, as having the distinctive trait of disproportionally high birthrate of girls versus boys at a 5 to 1 ratio, while the international ratio amongst other groups is about 1.04 boys to every girl. Additionally, and equally amazing, girls maintain the racial and physical characteristics of the mother, while boys show consistent and significant tendency towards the father’s racial characteristics.
Asheri Jews are still considered a lost tribe of Israel and not officially recognized as an existing Jewish ethnic division by most Jews. Many do not even know of us, except for knowledge related to antiquity. This is because Asheri Jews, much like Roma or gypsies, have mostly kept our history and activities a carefully guarded secret, as a matter of defense and preservation. We are very much Jewish however, and proud of our heritage and identity.
I researched all this in preparation for what was intended to be my last major archaeological project, fifteen years ago, namely a study and survey of the Sinai Peninsula, the cultural, geological, and phytogeographical/zoogeographic (biotypic) boundary between Africa and Eurasia. The fieldwork, unfortunately never undertaken due to my suffering a near-fatal injury on November 30, 2015, was to have focused on the Wadi-al-Arish “arroyo” drainage basin covering almost 1/3 of the Sinai Peninsula…. But the express purpose of this research was to have been the Sinaitic origins of the Hebrew religion, and I remain confident that we would have been able to discover further evidence of polytheism among the early Hebrews or their immediate ancestors….