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Khazars and Judaism

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Author(s): Brook, Kevin Alan
The Khazars (called Kuzarim in Hebrew and Kazarn in Yiddish) were a civilized, semi-nomadic Turkic-speaking people who founded an independent kingdom in about the year 652 in southern Russia near the Caspian Sea. Before the establishment of Khazaria, the Khazars appear to have lived in the Terek and Sulak river valleys of the northern Caucasus for several centuries, but their earliest history is still obscure. Their closest relatives appear to have been the Turkic Bulgars and Sabirs. Writers such as Th…