In 539 B.C., the Chaldeans were conquered by the Persians. The Persians allowed the Israelites, now known as the Jews, to return to Canaan and rebuild their temple and cities.
Many Jews chose not to return, instead remaining in Babylon. By now, they had built homes and lives among the Chaldeans. Other Jews chose to immigrate to other lands. As they did so, they retained their Jewish culture and bloodlines.
Thus, though they were outside of their homeland, they remained connected as a part of the Jewish people.
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
Charles R. Swindoll
The custom of shaking hands with strangers originated to show that both the parties were unarmed.