This Christmas, we celebrate the birth of Babasaheba.
It was not the first time he was in the headlines.
In fact, it was a rather brief one.
Babasat, the founder of the first Jewish community in India, died on January 16, 1897.
He was aged 80.
The first recorded reference to Babasat’s Christmas video comes from a 1909 advertisement for a jewellery brand that appeared in the Indian newspaper The Hindu.
It said that Babasats “special gift for his birthday” was a “beautiful picture of a woman holding a glass of milk, a gift which he wishes to give to his children”.
It’s a bit of a strange title for a Christmas video.
But it’s actually a very typical one.
A man sits in a chair, the camera zooms in on his neck, the woman holds a glass, a glass that looks like a bottle, the man walks up to the camera and the woman pulls it off and the camera flashes the picture.
The picture of the woman in the glass and the bottle are both shot from above, the men are on the left and the women are on an elevated platform.
Babaasat has a unique perspective.
He’s the first Jew who has lived in India.
He is also the first non-Jewish leader to establish a Jewish community.
As for the women, they are the embodiment of the spirit of the community.
They are the people who, in the words of a rabbi, represent the “spirit of Babas and his family”.
They are not the only ones who have taken this spirit into their own lives.
Bubba, the leader of the Jewish community, was born in the village of Amman, Jordan.
He left school at 16 and became a lawyer.
In the early 19th century, the city of Ammansheb was the site of an uprising by the Palestinians.
When he arrived in Amman in 1912, the community was under siege from the British.
Babasati, the first rabbi in the city, came to Amman from Amman to help liberate the Jews there.
He helped the community to establish itself and it flourished.
But as the community became more powerful, the British began to enforce a strict policy that forbade Jews from working or leaving their homes.
The city was liberated in 1918.
Babasa was appointed mayor of Ammen, but was forced to flee again to Israel, where he died in 1946.
Bibliography: Alia Barash, The Jews in Modern India, London, 2010, p. 4.
Bram, James, The Jew in India: History and Culture in Modern Israel, New York, 2003, p 110.