Whether they can or can't trace their lineage back to the lost tribes, the bottom line is that they are members of the nation of Israel. In any case, a person who converts (like King David's own ancestor, Ruth the Moabite) is a member of the nation just as anyone else. Only an ignoramous doesn't know this- or accept it. In fact, the only people I have ever met who don't understand that someone can join the nation of israel- and be like anyone else, are the non-religious Jews. Where I live there are converts and they are fine people; fine Jews- married to Jews with nice Jewish children. The biggest difference between the Bnei Menashe and Ziffer is that they actually observe our Torah. They know how to be Jews.
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