David Harris Lang, a current resident of Hong Kong, has lived and worked in Asia much of his life. Besides being a prolific author of Asian-based thrillers, he is an international architect who brings an indelible sense of place’ to his writing as well as a deep understanding of Asian cultures, locales, and customs. His vivid fight scenes come from a life-long practice of the martial arts.
“Dad, this book talks about the Kaifeng Jews!” Henry exclaimed to Harry.
“Really?” Harry asked. “The Kaifeng Jews? Our Kaifeng Jews?”
Both Henry and Harry had visited the small community of Chinese Jews living in central China many times. The current residents looked no different than other Chinese from generations of intermarriage. However, they wore yarmulkes, had mezuzahs on their doors, and did not eat pork. Harry and Henry had a fondness in their hearts for the community.
“Yes, our Kaifeng Jews,” Henry said. “The book says God gave Moses a staff with a ruby on it. This jewel eventually was taken, via the Silk Road, to Kaifeng by the Jews, who settled there. However, in the early 1900s the Kaifeng rabbi, Rabbi Levy Wang, became disillusioned with the congregation and the faith, took the jewel, and disappeared. No one has seen Levy Wang or the jewel since. The ruby became known as the Moses Jewel.”
“Interesting. I never heard of the Moses Jewel. Do you believe it?” Harry asked.
“Sure, I believe it.” Henry said. “It is definitely one of the great mysteries of the world. Perhaps the ruby is still in China.”