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Jews of Goa, mini-conference

Professor Gideon Avni held three lectures at a mini-conference at Hotel Vivanta by Taj in Panjim,  Monday 23rd of January 2017. The mini-conference, a closed session, was attended by Prof. Varun Sahni, Vice Chancellor Goa University.  From the city of … Continue reading

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Old Goa: Villa of Garcia de Orta

A map made by Mr. Joshua Benjamin, ex-Chief Architect of the Government of India, locates the villa of Dr. Garcia de Orta at a parking lot in Old Goa. Dr. Shalva Weil of Hebrew University visited the office of the … Continue reading

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Madhav Tirtha, a possible mikveh

This is the only heritage site in Goa, who is linked to general Madhav Mantri: The Brahmanpuri Madhav Tirtha. It is a possible mikveh, used for ritual baths according to the faith of Judaism. The Brahmanpuri Madhav Tirtha next to … Continue reading

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Old Goa, a possible mikveh

Gideon Avni visited the St. Augustine complex, that might contain an ancient Mikveh. Professor Gideon Avni inspect the site. Professor Gideon Avni walks along two tanks, which the Arceological Surveny of India (ASI) opines are “Baptismal tanks”. But they could … Continue reading

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Gopakapattanam and Sindabur

The Cairo geniza documentary is a testimony of a prosperous Jewish trade with “Sindabur”, by many scholars believed to be the ancient port of Gopakapattanam in Goa. Could this port be the ancient Ophir of the Bible? On the 17th … Continue reading

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