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20 Facts About Mountain Jews
Mountain Jews survived numerous historical vicissitudes by settling in extremely remote and mountainous areas.
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Mountain Jews are distinct from Georgian Jews of the Caucasus Mountains.
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Many Mountain Jews were slaughtered, with survivors escaping to Derbent where they received the protection of Fatali Khan, the ruler of Quba Khanate.
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Mountain Jews have settled in the territory of modern Azerbaijan.
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Many Mountain Jews survived because German troops did not reach all their areas; in addition, attempts succeeded to convince local German authorities that this group were "religious" but not "racial" Jews.
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Unlike their neighbors, the Mountain Jews raised few domestic animals, although tanning was their third most important economic activity after farming and gardening.
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Mountain Jews are not Sephardim nor Ashkenazim but rather of Persian Jewish origin, and they follow some Mizrachi customs.
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Mountain Jews tenaciously held to their religion throughout the centuries, developing their own unique traditions and religious practices.
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Mountain Jews developed and retained customs different from other Jews, such as govgil, an end-of-Passover picnic celebration involving the whole community.
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Mountain Jews speak Judeo-Tat, called Juhuri, a form of Persian; it belongs to the southwestern group of the Iranian division of the Indo-European languages.
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Mountain Jews have a military tradition and have been historically viewed as fierce warriors.
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Music of Mountain Jews is mostly based in the standard liturgy, for prayer and the celebration of holidays.
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