This fascinating book traces the genetic chromosome makeup of the Jewish people and proves their decent from Ancient Israel. It focuses on the DNA makeup of the Kohanim in both Sephardic (Iberian, North African and Middle Eastern Jews) and Ashkenazic( North, East and Central European Jews) communities and shows that the genetic differences between Sephardic and Ashkenazic Jews are minor. I The author shows a marked understanding and knowledge of a number of disciplines.
Rabbi Kleiman explains how the Kohanim and the Jewish people have passed the test of time and of tradition, and tradition has passed the test of science.
Science has proved that Jewish men from communities in the Middle East: Iran, Iraq, Kurds, Yemenites and Roman Jews as well as Ashkenazim/European Jews- all have very similar almost identical profiles.
The author quotes Professor Michael Hammer who comments:
"Despite the long-term residence in different countries and isolation from one another, most Jewish populations were not significantly different from one another at the genetic level. The results support the hypothesis that the paternal gene pools of Jewish communities from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East descended from a common Middle Eastern ancestral population, and suggest that most Jewish communities have remained relatively isolated from neighboring non-Jewish communities during and after the Diaspora". The genetic research confirms that most Jews today are indeed the descendants of ancestors who came from the Middle East. Jews everywhere are closely genetically related.
These studies also reveal that there is a closer genetic affinity of Jews to non-Jewish, non- Arab populations in the Middle East, such as Kurds, Turks, Druze and Lebanese Maronites, than to Arabs.
The geneticists have also concluded that all humanity living today can be traced to a common ancient female ancestor called mitochondrial Eve. The genetic research confirms that despite physical seperation and 2000 years both the Ashkenzic and Sephardic Jewish populations contain the Y chromosome largely derived from the Middle East. The author traces the history and migrations of Jews from the Mediterranean basin, through Italy to Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Sephardic or Oriental (Mizrachi) communities.
He explores the ancient exile communities such as the Jews from Babylonia (Iraq), and Yemen.
He also provides the compelling evidence- backed up by genetics- that the Pathans of Afghanistan, the Georgian Jews, the Kurdish Jews, the Bukharian Jews, the Bnei Menashe and Benie Israel of India and the Lemba of Southern Africa are of Israelite descent.
The book describes how the prophecies of the Tanach (Jewish Bible) of the Jews being re gathered in their ancient homeland- the Land of Israel, is being fulfilled before our eyes.
After the Holocaust the survivors of European Jewry formed the core population at the re-foundation of the State of Israel. 40% of the early returnees to Israel were Holocaust survivors.
Other population groups such Kurds, Lebanese, Syrians, Druze, Southern and Central Italians, Hungarians and Armenians have a lot of the Y chromosome. This suggests that there is a large degree of Jewish ancestry in these populations.