Rabbi Avraham Feld: An Encounter with Ephraimites (25 January, 2015, 5 Shevet, 5775)
Rabbi Avraham Feld for years now has no longer been associated with Brit-Am.
Nevertheless people occasionally still identify him as such and at times he is pushed into acting as a de facto representative of Brit-Am.
This happened recently at an encounter with Ephraimites and his remarks about the incident are worth noticing.
The Ephraimite Movement is an amorphous association of Christians with no clear hierarchy. Usually they have some kind of linkage to the Hebrew Roots (Eddie Chumney and company) and related movements such as that of Angus and Batyah Wootten. They try and keep some of the Biblical commandments according to their own understanding. They believe they are part of the Ten Tribes though whether this is to be understood in a physical sense or some other way is not clear.
Concerning the identification as to who the Lost Ten Tribes are Rabbi Feld agrees with us.
Last Succot the Ephraimites had their own contingent in the Jerusalem March.
For those who do not know the Jerusalem March takes place every year at Succot with groups from all over Israeli parading through the streets along a set route.
Christian and other Gentile supporters of Israel from all over the world also participate in their own groups.
This year the so-called Ephraimite movement had their own band of marchers numbering about 150 marchers which is quite impressive.
It was organized by Hanoch Young with the assistance of Ephraim Frank.
Before the March, Ephraim Frank had sent us a notice about it which we posted:
Brit-Am Now no. 2329. Ten Tribes Studies
# 2. Ephraim Frank: Ephraimite Participation in Jerusalem March at Succot
Your work is invaluable to the restoration and we pray that it will continue to be a positive message to the nation of Ephraim as well as Judah's.... We must continue to think of ways of positive action. One way some of us are going to do this is to participate in the Jerusalem March at Succot, as a Judah-Ephraimite group. This will put flesh on the bones and help legitimize your work and others' as well. We are hoping to have over a 100 participants. If you know of anyone that will be in Jerusalem during the Feast and would want to identify with us and participate please have them contact us at the following email
Thank you for your consideration.
Rabbi Feld understood that he had been invited to speak to the Ephraimite participants of the March at a meeting they held afterwards.
He came attended by a young Israeli boy who had prepared himself by reading our Hebrew-language book, Achim Acharim. This work in effect is a version of our book Origin.
One of the organizers apparently was not aware that Rabbi Feld had been invited and wanted to eject him.
This was, we assume, since Rabbi Feld has been identified with Brit-Am whose emphasis on physical identification of the Lost Tribes with Western peoples is considered offensive.
Ephraim Frank intervened saying that Brit-Am had served as a beacon for the Movement and Rabbi Feld should be allowed to speak.
Rabbi Feld and the youth with him then gave a recorded video interview. This seemed to go over well.
Rabbi Feld says there were all types of people there including some with one Jewish parent.
Some of the others seemed to be prejudiced against Jews and were especially hostile towards Rabbinical Judaism. This animosity seemed especially marked amongst those from Norway. They also all had their own ideas. The latest doctrine is that of Saturday Morning. They now say that the Sabbath does not have to be kept all day long. Saturday Morning is quite sufficient according to this new understanding of Scripture!
Everything is from heaven.
We feel it was good that Rabbi Feld went and that he acted as a representative of Brit-Am on this occasion.
It would probably not have been our scene.
It is good that descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes are beginning to become aware of their ancestry even though they seem somewhat confused as to what to do with it.
It is also good that they are becoming aware of the Hebrew commandments.
Even the Saturday morning Sabbatical may be a positive development. We all need to begin somewhere.
The negativity towards Rabbinical Judaism however is not encouraging.
The above account is based on that related verbally by Rabbi Avraham Feld to Yair Davidiy.