Shalom Mr. Naim Dangoor,
Kol HaKavod that you take interest in researching
the Davidic lineage. It is also a subject that most
interests me and I read the articles and letters
in the Scribe and other sources on this subject
with vigour and analysis, trying myself to gather
information and research this subject during my
I have read quite often in your articles and response
to letters that you claim to be the present incumbent
of the Davidic lineage for e.g. in a response to
letter "SIXTY GENERATIONS ROOTS TO BABYLON?",
copied below, in the latest on-line edition of The
"… "Exilarch" was the title
of the head of the Jewish community in Babylon.
It became extinct in the year 1270 and was revived
by Mr Naim Dangoor 700 years later in the year 1970,
and he is the present incumbent …. "
I would like to know how you can possibly claim
that you are the present incumbent to the Exilarch
unless you have
a) proof that you are from the lineage of King David
either from your fathers fathers ... branch, ie.
a complete paternal link or
b) you have a massoret that you are from King David's
lineage from your father's father’s ... branch
in a similar way that the Kohanim and Lewi'im of
today claim that they are Cohanim or Lewi'im - by
way of massoret passed from father to son.
That the Davidic lineage today is ambigious, unlike
the Kehunah or Lewi'im (which also have some doubts),
does not give right to claim the title of "Exhilarch",
or "Resh Galuta", based on the fact that
after 3000 years it is a high probability that all
of us have King David's genes. Sure, most of us
today may have his genes.... but the ONLY genes
that determine whether one can be a Resh Galuta
and a Mashiach are the paternal genes!!... Paternal
genes that trace all the way back to the last King
of Yehudah!! If throughout this genealogy there
is a woman found in this link for e.g. father the
son of father the son of father… the son of
mother the daughter of father son of father ...
son of last King of Yehudah ... then that mother
invalidates the whole line of descendants born from
her to be the Resh Galuta and certainly the Mashiah.
If this were not case then one can have rediculous
and absurd situations where a Kohen Gadol could
also be the Mashiach: Kohen, being descendant of
Aharon, from his father's side and descendant to
King David from his mother's side!! Or even more
absurd: a gerr could also be a Mashiach - if the
person that wrote the letter quoted above listing
all the ascendants to one of the Resh Galuta, were
to become a gerr - then he could be a candidate
for the Mashiach, according to your claims, as I
understand it!! Moreover that you claim that the
Resh Galuta ceased in 1270 due to the Mongols...
certainly does not mean that there were (no) other
descendants from this lineage that scattered to
different places. The lineage stated in the letter
above is a prime example, only we are looknig for
the side that did not intermarry!! Moreover it is
known that certain families have a tradition that
they descend from King David.
As far as your lineage is concerned I believe that
it is of prestigious Hachamim such as Hacham Ezra
Dangoor and other Hachamim. I also believe that
"Dangoor' is believed to be from the pasook
"Dan Gur Aryeh" in the Blessing that Shevet
Dan received from Moshe Rabbenu at the end of Sefer
… Perhaps you are from Shevet Dan?
However, the question is: do you have a complete
paternal link, whether by proof or by massoret (Tradition),
to a Resh Galuta in order to be "the present
incumbent" of the Exilarch?
Shmuel R. Yossef
Petach Tiqwah, Israel.
A little about myself:
I was bom in 1970 in Sydney, Australia. I made Aliyah
in 1996. I studied
in Yeshivah "Midrash Sephardi", Yerushalyim,
in 1988. I am an
Electronic Engineer which is my present working
grandparents are from Baghdad. My grandmother, Rachel
Joseph, has been
living in London for the past 50 years. My interests
Torah, family reseach, Jewish History research with
emphasis on Jews in
Arab Lands and study of those Hachamim. I am still
single, and I keep our
Iraqi traditions including reading from the Sefer
Torah in our tunes... !!
Shmuel R. Yossef
1. Naim Dangoor does not claim to be the Mashiah
2. When the Mashiah comes, hopefully soon and in
our days Amen, he will have to declare and demonstrate
his own credential.
3. The line of Exilarchs need not to be the line
of the Mashiah.
4. Mr. Dangoor occupies the position in an acting
capacity to perpetuate our Babylonian tradition,
and if at any time someone can demonstrate beyond
all doubt of having a better lineage, then he would
receive the total benefit of the Exilarch’s
Foundation which has been endowed by over £25
million pounds of which £10 million has been
earmarked for re- starting Jewish life in Iraq after