Karaite in Ukraine

Population

1,110

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Karaite form of Judaism is so strange that Russian Tsars categorized them as non-Jews. So did the Nazis. Thus, they escaped Russia's pogroms and the Nazi holocaust. But Karaites know they are true Jews. They follow only the Tanach, the Jewish Bible, rejecting rabbinic interpretations. They allow each believer to make his/her own interpretation. Unlike most Jewish communities, men and women can exercise authority in their groups. They often prostrate themselves in prayer, which is rare for any Jewish community.

Still, the Karaites have important commonalities with mainstream Judaism. They observe the Sabbath. Karaites practice total separation from Gentiles and from ritual washing. Their prayer books come almost exclusively from Tanach passages.

But just when we think we can pigeonhole the Karaites as Orthodox Jews, they surprise us. They do not wear phylacteries attached to forehead or hand in any form. Karaites understand the Scriptures referring to these in metaphorical terms. So they hide the Word of God in their thoughts and let it guide their actions.

In other respects, Karaites tend to adopt the customs of their host country. Since most of them live in Israel, they are starting to assimilate into mainstream society, according to the internet's Wikipedia.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Messianic Jewish believers will see the Karaite community in Israel as God sees them.
* Ask God to raise up Messianic Jews to go as His ambassadors to the Karaites.


People Name General Karaite
People Name in Country Karaite
Population in Ukraine 1,110
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Karaim, Karaite Jew
Affinity Bloc Jews
People Cluster Jews
People Name General Karaite
Ethnic Code MSY41z
Country Ukraine
Region Eastern Europe and Eurasia
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country West, Crimea Autonomous Republic

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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karaim (1,100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Karaim 1,100
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1819-1889)
New Testament Yes   (1842)
Complete Bible No
Category Resource
None reported  

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
85.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
15.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source: Daniel Downer  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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