The "traditional" view is that Eastern European Jews descend almost entirely from French and German Jews.This essay presents the pros and cons of the controversial "Khazar theory" of Eastern European Jewish origins and will attempt to provide a likely middle-ground solution to the question.It just happens that a Khazarian element is missing.According to most historical sources, Judaism was widespread among the Khazar inhabitants of the Khazar kingdom.For [Christians are even found] in the lands of Gog and Magog -- who are a Hunnic race and are called Gazari (Khazars)...circumcized and observing all [the laws of] Judaism.(See: "The Legend of Saint Zotikos According to Constantine Akropolites", ed. Miller, Analecta Bollandiana 112 (1994): 339-376.) In the early 10th century, the Jews of Kiev wrote a letter of recommendation on behalf of one of the members of their community, whose name was Yaakov bar Hanukkah.The letter is known as the Kievan Letter and was discovered in 1962 by Norman Golb of the University of Chicago.
We, however, believe in the one God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.' Vladimir asked them: 'What kind of law do you have?
Constantine Akropolites (1250-1324) copied 11th-century stories about Saint Zotikos and the leprosarium that he founded in Pera, a suburb of Constantinople.
The stories reveal the settlement of Jewish Khazars in Pera, near the leprosarium, and how these Khazars had married with other Jews and become fully integrated into the Jewish district.
Their chronicles also tell of their prosperity, how they beat their foes, conquered their lands, secured great treasures, how their army swelled to hundreds of thousands, how they loved their faith, and fostered such love for the Holy House that they erected a tabernacle in the shape of that built by Moses.
They also honored and cherished the Israelites who lived among them." - The Kuzari: The Book of Proof and Argument in Defense of the Despised Faith, a philosophical work composed in the 12th century by the Sephardic writer Yehuda Ha Levi "The Khazars have a script which is related to the script of the Russians [Rus]....