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 (fə-lä′shə, fä-)
n. pl. Falasha or Fa·la·shas Often Offensive
An Ethiopian Jew.

[Amharic fälaša, from fälaš, migrant, active participle of fälläsä, to migrate; see plš in Semitic roots.]


n, pl -sha or -shas
(Judaism) a member of a tribe of Black Ethiopian Jews
[from Amharic, from fälasi stranger]


(fɑˈlɑ ʃə, fə-)

n., pl. -shas, (esp. collectively) -sha.
a member of a historically Cushitic-speaking people of central Ethiopia who practice a form of Judaism.
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one of the Falasha invited "home" to Israel, meets Dr.
For years, the only migration policy applied by Israel governed the arrival and absorption of Jews immigrating to the country (including the Beta Israel or Falasha Jews from Ethiopia).
Our dilemma was finally resolved when we were invited to work among Jewish people living in Africa, the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia.
In Africa, the Jews of Ethiopia are called Falasha, "aliens.
I shall allude to some of the theories that I consider questionable propounded by recent Ethiopisants: that the Beta Israel are not any different from other Ethiopians; that they are Christian converts to some form of quasi-Judaism; that the nomenclature Falasha does not go back to before the fourteenth to sixteenth centuries; that Ayhud (Jewish) is a derogatory term to identify Christian heretics; that they are Ethiopians who do not know Hebrew but speak the Amharic and Agaw languages; that they do not represent "normative" Judaism; that overall some aspects of their history are inventions intended to liken their history to that of other Jewish groups; that they only recently started identifying themselves as Ayhud (Jewish).
The argument now seems to have come down to numbers: Israel says the last of the Falasha Mura who qualify for immigration arrived in Israel earlier this month, while the American groups say some 8,700 have been left behind.
The Falasha, who don't genetically identify with other Jews, were caught in a famine.
The first Ethiopian Protestant missionary was Mikael Argawi * (1848-1931), a converted Falasha Jew.
Ethiopian Jews prefer to he called 'Beta Israel' [House of Israel], but in Ethiopia they were called Falasha and the word is still used .
The anger of the Falasha (exiles in Ethiopia's Amharic language) against "police racism" has exploded yesterday in Jerusalem when several hundred Ethiopian Jews, gathered in French Square, clashed with riot police agents.
Consequently, Rodman paints an essentially favorable picture of the IAF and its role in preserving both Israeli security and the safety of the Jewish people (historically done through airlift operations like those that brought the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia to Israel in the 1980s and 1990s), as well as helping Israel in its diplomatic ambitions through extensive humanitarian aid in such diverse locations as Turkey, Mexico, India, Japan, and Haiti.
The 'Prince' claimed to be a chief of the Falasha tribe of Abyssinia, but in fact he was born in 1881 in what are now the Virgin Islands.