Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom (Photo: Ynet)

Who are the Kessim, the traditional Ethiopian-Jewish spiritual leaders, who led Beta Israel in Ethiopia?  How were they influenced by their encounter with the religious establishment in Israel. What is the unique role of these leaders in the lives of Ethiopian immigrants Israeli society and the Jewish world? Director of Ono’s International Center for the Study of Ethiopian Jewry, Rabbi Dr. Sharon Shalom addresses these questions in an article on YNet, “This is How Religious Colonialism Tried to Eradicate the Status of the Keisim.”