from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Often Offensive An Ethiopian Jew.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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


  • In the village of Wolleka near Gondar that I visited in Ethiopia (in 1971 and 1988 respectively), which was known as a Falasha tourist village where “Falasha pottery” was sold, the menstruating hut was situated on the hill in the center of the village, albeit far away from the view of passing tourists, but nevertheless in center-stage as far as the villagers were concerned.

    Ethiopian Jewish Women.

  • The Falasha are the so-called "black Jews" of Ethiopia.

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  • Immigration records show that Sen. Barack Obama's grandfather, Baruch Heshy Obramowitz, was an Ethiopian "Falasha" Jew, who changed his surname when he moved to Kenya.

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  • No democracy in the world would divide its citizens into two or three classes: Ashkenazi being first-class citizens, Sephardi and Falasha being arguably the second, and last & indeed least, the unwanted pesky Arabs put in some sort of non-citizenship status.

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  • I watch some Falasha children trace their hands with colored chalk on a long concrete wall.

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  • Israel successfully bribed the late Sudanese dictator, Jaffar al-Numiery, to allow Ethiopian Falasha Jews to fly to Israel from Sudan.

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  • Original Tony, you sorry, ignorant dolt: look at a light-skinned, brown-haired Ashkenazi Jew; then look at a light-skinned, dark-haired Bene Romi from central Italy; then look at a tanned, curly-haired Sephardi from (originally) Iraq; then look at a negro Falasha Jew from Ethiopia; then at a brown-skinned, smooth-haired Cochin Jew from southern India; and explain, if you can, how these are all from one race.

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  • NFTS resolutions reveal other political issues Reform Jewish women did agree upon, including funds for the relief of Jewish women in Palestine (1915) and support for the rescue of Ethiopian (Falasha) Jewry (1923).

    National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods.

  • By the nineteenth century, the Beta Israel eventually took up stigmatized craft occupations, which also became associated with the connotation Falasha (Quirin, 1992).

    Ethiopian Jewish Women.

  • The “Falasha pottery” which is still famous in the Gondar region, became the major industry of the village Wolleka.

    Ethiopian Jewish Women.


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