- The Mustabarim

The original Jews in Aleppo and the other Jewish com­munities in the Middle East were known as Mustarabim. The term “Mustarabim” connotes that they resembled Arabs. These native-born Jews’ customs, dress and mannerisms, as well as their accent, were similar to those of the Arabs, among whom they lived.

The Aleppan community of Mustarabim was led by the Dayan family. This illustrious family traced its lineage directly to King David. Although it is unclear at what point the Dayans migrated to Aleppo, their presence in the city is documented by the fifteenth century.

(Image of the Dayan Family pedigree, traced back to King David.)

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