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Associated Press: Many Ashkenazi Jews descended from 4 women
Genetic study indicates some 3.5 million of today's Ashkenazi Jews - about
40 percent of the total Ashkenazi population - are descended from just four
Avotaynu: Dayan Family, Volume XX, Number 2, Summer 2005. Dayan Family of Aleppo. Mitchell Dayan
Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy http://www.jewishgen.org/rabbinic/infofiles/avotaynu.htm
Andres J. Bonet: "The Bonet-Kalonymus-Shem Tovs: Direct Descendants of King
David and Princes of Septimania"
Sharsheret Hadorot Volume 17, No.2 June 2003.
http://www.isragen.org.il/NROS/BIB/SHD/Bonnet/AndresBonet-E.pdf De'iah ve Dibur (the English version of Yated Ne'eman): Interview with Chaim Freedman about the ancestry of the Vilna Gaon.
Ellen Levy-Coffman: A Mosaic of People: The Jewish Story and a Reassessment of the DNA;
Evidence from the Journal of Genetic Genealogy,
Are You a Descendant of King David? A Look at Rabbinic Sources
Ashkenazic families of Central and Eastern Europe.
Can We Prove Descent from King David?
Karo, Yahia-Charlap, Sassoon, and Abravanel/Abarbanel families.
Descent From King David - Part II
Sources pertaining to Judah Loew the Elder.
Fathers of Jewish Genealogy
Authors who made great contributions to Jewish genealogy: Azulai, Dembitzer, Kaufmann, Wettstein, Wachstein, Horowitz, Friedberg, and Gelber.
The Oldest Jewish Dynasty: A 3400-Year Line of Descendants
Rabbi Avishai Elboim, Chief Librarian-Rambam Library, Tel-Aviv:
Families Who Trace Their Ancestry to King David English Version
Families Who Trace Their Ancestry to King David Hebrew Version
Published in Sharsheret Hadorot, Volume 19, No.3, August 2005 and reproduced with the permission of the Israel Genealogical Society. Chaim Freedman: Ancestry of the Gaon of Vilna – Descent from King David
Article providing newly discovered and rare sources which establish the previously unknown descent of the Vilna Gaon from King David.
Chaim Freedman: "Saving the Maharal of Prague" (Large Word Document). An analysis of errors
in the traditional descent of the Maharal of Prague and a proposal of an alternative.
Giora Fuzailoff: Rabbinic Succession in Bukhara 1790-1930
Factors in becoming Chief Rabbi of Bukhara (in present day Uzbekistan) and the development of the Jewish community.
Edward Gelles: "Davidic Descent - Historic Impact of Ancient Myth"
Sharsheret Hadorot, Volume 17, No. 2 June 2003.
Yehuda Klausner: European Rabbis Throughout the Generations
Development of the Jewish communities in Europe and origin of the generations of rabbis and rabbinic families. Appendix includes early rabbinic works, surnames of rabbinic families, and rabbinic genealogical literature.
The Hasidic Rabbinate, Part I
Birth and foundation of the Hasidic movement and the persons responsible for its formation. Appendix includes students of the Baal Shem Tov and Dov Ber, the Magid of Miedzyrzec (Mezritsh).
The Hasidic Rabbinate, Part II
Latter generations of the Hasidic movement and organization of the movement into dynasties. Appendix includes succession of Hasidic dynasties.
Arthur Menton: "The Book of Destiny, Toledot Charlap"
Two chapters, XXV - XXVI, of Professor Arthur Menton's book "The Book of Destiny,
Toledot Charlap", Published in 1996 by the King David Press, Cold Spring
Harbor, NY. See site http://www.charlap.org for details. Arthur is a member
of Davidic Dynasty's honorary Genealogy Committee
Menton's book traces the genealogy and history of the Charlap and other
families descended from the Davidic House. These two chapters describe the
sequence of the generations of the Davidic Royal house through the kings of
Yehudah (Judea), the Rashei Galut (Exilarchs) down to the migration of the
descendants of the Exilarchs to Spain and Portugal. Menton presents the many
sources for the origin of the Charlap and Don/Ibn Yechia family as well as
touching on the families Abarbanel, Dayan and Shealtiel.
Study of these chapters provide the basis for many Davidic families and are
particularly valuable as various theories for the manner of such descent are
The chapters were given to Davidic Dynasty with the kind generosity of the
author, Professor Arthur Menton
Garry Mokotoff, Publisher of Avotaynu: The International Review of Jewish Genealogy. Review of Chaim Freedman's research of the Vilna Gaon, the Maharal of Prague and the Jaffe Family. Published in "Nu ? What's New ?" E-zine of Jewish Genealogy, Volume 7, Number 1, February 19, 2006.
Rambam Library Exhibition : Golden Dynasty (in Hebrew) report and explanations of some sources.
Dr. Chanan Rapaport: The Rapaport Family (Director, Rapaport Family Research Center; Member of executive board, the International Institute for Jewish Genealogy and the Paul Jacoby Center, Jerusalem).
Many families of Davidic descent also descend from the ancient Rapaport family, such as the famous rabbi of Lemberg, Chaim Rapaport (1700-1771). This article appeared in "Et-Mol", a journal of Yad Ben Tzvi, Jerusalem and then in "Sharsheret Hadorot" Volume 20, #2, May 2006 (the journal of the Israel Genealogical Society).
The article is reproduced with the permission of the editors of both journals.
Sarina Roffé: Sephardic Rabbis Impact Halachah
Yoshiyahu Pinto, Shmuel Vital, Yosef ibn Zalach, Yosef Caro
Sephardic Rabbis: Four Short Biographies
Yitzhak Attia, Shabatai Beda, Shalom Hedaya, Ovadya Hedaya.
Rabbi Murad Maslaton, A Great Leader
Rabbi for the Ahi Ezer community in Brooklyn and Damascus
Neil Rosenstein and Jona Schellekens: "Descent from Rashi," published in Avotaynu Volume XIX Number 3, Fall 2003.
Moshe Shaltiel: A Summary of the Shaltiel Y Chromosomal DNA Analysis
Rabbi David Shapiro: Article, The Shapiro Family
Nathaniel L. Taylor : False Davidic Genealogies:
Many genealogists and historians, both Christian and Jewish have unfortunately based vast genealogies on “Arthur J. Zuckerman’s A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France 768-900”, (Columbia University Press, New York and London 1972.) This is a much disputed and highly fanciful work.
An extensive analysis and rebuttal Saint William, King David, and Makhir: A Controversial Medieval Descent by Nathaniel L. Taylor, Lecturer on Medieval History and Literature, Harvard University, was published in The American Genealogist 72 (1997) pp.203-221. Note that Taylor refers to an impressive array of historians and sources to support his rejection of Zuckerman’s thesis.
Rabbi Meir Wunder: The Reliability of Genealogical
Research in Modern Rabbinic Literature
How modern rabbinic genealogy began and which sources are reliable. Refers to
the important critical genealogy research of Rabbi Shlomo Englard (Bnei Brak Israel)
Yated Ne'eman (Israel Orthodox newspaper): Article on the Davidic Descent of the Vilna Gaon, Pertinent English Translation, Hebrew Page1, Hebrew Page 2, Hebrew Page 3 , Hebrew Page 4 , Hebrew Page 5