The word, "Falasha,"
means "stranger" or "immigrant"
in Geez, the classical ecclesiastical
tongue of Ethiopia. Though the Ethiopian Jews
prefer to call themselves Beta Israel (the House
of Israel), "Falasha" is an apt way to
characterize their communitys role as an
interminable outsider since its inception nearly
two millennia ago. Only since the Israeli
government accepted the Falashas as "official"
Jews in 1975 has this unlikely community begun to
find some of the acceptance that it has sought.