Category Archives: Israel

Have You Seen the Middle Eastern TV Series Fauda?

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The first time hubby and I watched episode one of Fauda, we were not impressed. It consisted of a violent Israeli attack on a Palestinian wedding. We shook our heads and in unison said, “No thanks, not watching that.” But we kept hearing good things about the show, so we broke down and gave it another try. We’re glad that we did. Fauda has an excellent cast. The actors do an outstanding job of helping us envision both Israeli and Palestinian lives, living on the edge of a never-ending war. Although it’s fiction, it’s based on the truth of the rough neighborhood that is Israel and the Palestinian Territories. The show tries to portray fairness to both sides. I have no idea of the show’s accuracy, but I’m told it’s a good portrayal. I hope the Middle East works its differences out and someday they live in peace. Suellen Ocean is the author of The Steinberg Conspiracy Series. Available here:

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Benjamin Netanyahu… We Are Like Family… He Knows His American History

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I smiled today when I heard Benjamin Netanyahu address Congress and say that Americans were like “family.” As a genealogist who writes about the Crypto-Jewish ancestry of America, I heard his statement different than most Americans probably did. Americans who descend from European Colonials often have ancestors with names like Levi, Jacob, Rebecca, Sarah and… Benjamin. Old Testament Biblical names beckon us to look deeper into those family trees and coats of arms. You may be surprised to find out that long before your ancestors were Christian, they were Jewish. Netanyahu knows his American history… well.  Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Biblical History: What Kind of Games Did Ancient Jews Play?

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I’ve been reading a Biblical encyclopedia and ran across an entry about games and entertainment. Scouring through the Bible, researchers found that among “serious-minded” Jews, music and dancing was usually of the religious nature. Popular games included archery, and lifting heavy rocks to prove a man’s strength seems also to have been a festive pastime. Children pretended they were grown-up and imitated weddings, much like kids still do today. Ancient Israelite children seemed to have enjoyed playing “funeral” as well. The ancient Israelites loved guessing riddles too.

Ancient Jews who loved and participated in Greek culture were called Hellenists. The Hellenists were no doubt fond of Greece’s love of games. There was Greek boxing and wrestling. And of course the Olympic Games still continue today. Modern-day track meets are modeled after ancient Greek sporting games. The festivities must have been enticing, because there was a lot of controversy when Jews embraced Greek culture. Those disapproving were probably the more “serious-minded.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Keeping Track of the Tribes of Israel… It Would Be So Much Easier…

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It would make it easier to understand if it were the Twelve Tribes of Jacob instead of the Twelve Tribes of Israel (Jacob’s name later became Israel). All the tribes are the descendants of Jacob who ruled over a portion of Canaan territory around 1800 B.C.E. In the Book of Genesis, Jacob was referred to as a lion. That lion became the symbol of the Israelite Tribe of Judah. The Tribe of Judah are the “Jews” but today “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites.”

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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What’s the Difference Between Jews and Israelites?

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During ancient times there were two sections of the Holy Land, the Northern Kingdom of Israel, which was called Samaria and the Southern Kingdom of Judah, called Judea. Technically, “Jews” are the names of the descendants of Judea but “Jews” is also used when speaking of “Israelites.” The twelve tribes of Israel are all the descendants of “Jacob”, whose name later became “Israel.” During that era, the ancient Hebrews kept strict records of their descendants.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret Genealogy – A How-to for Tracing
Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy II – Uncovering the Jewish Roots
of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III - From Jewish
Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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