Each Tribe has its own peculiar mission to fulfill (21 September, 2014, 26 Elul, 5774)
Judah (the Jews) and Israel, meaning the Ten Tribes, each had their own separate tasks to fulfill. They shall be judged as to how they carried out their own individual roles. What applies to the two sections of the Israelite Nations is also applicable to every single one of us at the individual level.
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[Deuteronomy 29:10] YE STAND THIS DAY ALL OF YOU BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD; YOUR CAPTAINS OF YOUR TRIBES, YOUR ELDERS, AND YOUR OFFICERS, WITH ALL THE MEN OF ISRAEL,
THIS DAY according to tradition indicated Rosh HaShanah, the Hebrew New Year Day.
There is a day on which the Year begins,
12 a land for which the LORD your God cares; the eyes of the LORD your God are always on it, from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year.
24 Speak to the children of Israel, saying: In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial [Hebrew: Shabaton-Zicaron] of blowing of trumpets [Hebrew: Truah i.e. shofar blowing], a holy convocation. 25 You shall do no customary work on it; and you shall offer an offering made by fire to the LORD.
On this day all the world, including the Tribes of Israel are judged.
Rosh HaShana for You.
The Importance of Repentance at the Individual Level and Also Concerning the Ten Lost Tribes.
In Hebrew the first few words of Deuteronomy 29:10 would be literally translated as saying:
YOU STAND THIS DAY ALL OF YOU BEFORE THE LORD YOUR GOD, YOUR LEADERS, YOUR TRIBES, YOUR ELDERS, AND YOUR OFFICERS, ALL THE PERSONAGES OF ISRAEL.
The words "Your Leaders, Your Tribes", are assumed (as translated) to mean the Captains of your Tribes but it does not have to mean that. Or it could mean that and imply something else in addition. This helps us understand the Commentary below:
YOUR LEADERS, YOUR TRIBES: Commentary of the "Natziv" (Naphtali Zvi Berlin, an important 19th century Rabbi in Russia whose opinion is still greatly respected) in free translation:
##YOUR CAPTAINS OF YOUR TRIBES [i.e. YOUR LEADERS, YOUR TRIBES: The expression "of your tribes" would appear to be superfluous...rather it comes to teach us that each tribe and its heads are not judged the same as the others. Each tribe is judged according to its own nature and according to that quality it was recognized to be most adhering to. It is judged by the extent of its deviation from its own special characteristic. This is similar to Amos:
[AMOS 2:4] THUS SAITH THE LORD; FOR THREE TRANSGRESSIONS OF JUDAH, AND FOR FOUR, I WILL NOT TURN AWAY THE PUNISHMENT THEREOF; BECAUSE THEY HAVE DESPISED THE LAW OF THE LORD, AND HAVE NOT KEPT HIS COMMANDMENTS, AND THEIR LIES CAUSED THEM TO ERR, AFTER THE WHICH THEIR FATHERS HAVE WALKED:
[AMOS 2:6] THUS SAITH THE LORD; FOR THREE TRANSGRESSIONS OF ISRAEL, AND FOR FOUR, I WILL NOT TURN AWAY THE PUNISHMENT THEREOF; BECAUSE THEY SOLD THE RIGHTEOUS FOR SILVER, AND THE POOR FOR A PAIR OF SHOES;
##The main judgment against Judah is because they departed from their good path of keeping HIS commandments meaning the qualities of the Torah. It is an honor for the Written Law that it be kept very strictly. When they departed from the good path it was as if they despised the Torah. This did not apply to the [other] Tribes of Israel who had never been really strict about learning the Torah. On the contrary, their main characteristic was kindness [empathy] between a man and his fellow. The main judgment against the [northern ten ] Tribes is because they departed from this quality of social empathy and sold THE POOR FOR A PAIR OF SHOES?. ##
We see from the above that each Tribe is judged according to its own predisposition and potential.
The same applies to individuals. You will be judged because you are not as good in some ways as others. Neither will you necessarily be rewarded if you are better than them.
We will be judged according to which we could have been.
Each one of us has their own private task in life.
Let us endeavor to do as well as we can with what we can and to receive guidance in doing it.