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485Re: [Ashkenazi-Q] Anything New?

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    Oct 22, 2008
      Well, since you asked, does anyone lay claim to being related to the Gaon of Vilna?  I've heard from two sources in my distant family that they are.
      Here's something I copied a while back about the history of Lithuania. 
      "The first Jews to settle in Lithuania in the 11th century came from the land of the Khazars, on the lower Volga River, from Crimea on the Black Sea and from Bohemia. Originally, the Jews came to the land of the Khazars from the Byzantine kingdom, where they had been oppressed. The Khazars had welcomed the Jews and later had been converted to Judaism. When the Khazars were overrun by the Mongols and Russians, the Jews settled in Lithuania, whose rulers, at that time, were extremely tolerant."  Of course, it hasn't been proven that  Q1    is from Khazaria, but it's a theory,  I guess.   Anymore information on Khazars? 
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      From: Chris
      Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:45 PM
      Subject: [Ashkenazi-Q] Anything New?

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