A Call to America! (22 March, 2015, 2 Nisan, 5775)
The USA and Judah of Israel are two halves of one body. The USA represents Gilead and Machir of Manasseh who will be the first Tribes to be Redeemed and return. America needs to become aware of its Israelite Ancestry. We need to awake and be reconciled one to another ASAP.
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The Jewish peoples descend from the Tribes of Judah and Benjamin, most of Levi, and minority representatives of all the other tribes.
The Majority of the Tribes got lost. They lost consciousness of their ancestry.
This happened to every other ancient people as well so it is not surprising that it happened to them.
Nevertheless according to the Bible and the Rabbinical Sages the Lost Ten Tribes stayed together.
They still are more or less together.
We have identified them with peoples in the west.
We use proofs from the Bible, from Rabbinical sources, from history, and from every field of study that has something pertinent to say on the subject.
That is what we do.
We research the subject.
The Lost Tribes are amongst western nations.
The USA in our time contains representatives of all the Tribes especially of Joseph.
WILL AMERICA BE THE FIRST TO BE REDEEMED?
There is a Midrash is based on the relationship between Saul and the people of Jabesh Gilead. Jabesh Gilead was in the territory of Manasseh east of the Jordan River. At one stage (Judges chapters 19-21) in the time of the Judges in Ancient Israel there had been a Civil War with the Tribe of Benjamin fighting against the other Tribes. As a result of this war most of the Tribe of Benjamin was wiped out. Many of the surviving males of Benjamin took wives from Jabesh Gilead (Judges 21:8-13) east of the Jordan. The people of Jabesh Gilead were therefore related to Benjamin. Later, Saul the first king of Israel was from the Tribe of Benjamin. One of the first acts of Saul upon being made king was to save the people of Jabesh Gilead from the King of Ammon who was attacking them (1-Samuel chapter 11). The King of Ammon had demanded that the dwellers of Jabesh Gilead agree to have each his right eyes poked out in exchange for their lives and this would be 'a reproach upon all Israel' (1-Samuel 11:2). Saul gathered together an army and marched all night and saved the people of Jabesh Gilead at the last moment.
At the end of his reign. Saul and his sons were eventually killed in battle against the Philistines on Mount Gilboa.
The Philistines cut off the head of Saul and fastened his body and the bodies of his sons on the walls of Beth-Shean which was then a Philistine city.
The valiant men of Jabesh Gilead rescued the bodies, gave them proper burial and fasted for seven days [1-Samuel 31:8-13].
The Midrash (Perkei DeRabbi Eliezer, ch. 17; Yalkut Shimeoni, Psalms 60) comments on the above deed of the people of Jabesh Gilead in the territory of Manasseh east of the Jordan:
# Where do we learn about doing Acts of Kindness to those who are Mourning? We learn it from the people of Jabesh Gilead [who said to themselves] 'Are we not obligated to repay kindness to the man who saved us from being disgraced by the people of Ammon?' Consequently all the valiant men amongst them stood up and went all night long till they reached the walls of Beth-Shean, as it says, 'ALL THE VALIANT MEN AROSE, AND WENT ALL NIGHT, AND TOOK THE BODY OF SAUL' (1-Samuel 31:12). God therefore said unto them, I will give you a reward in the future for I am destined to ingather Israel from the four corners of the earth,AND FIRSTLY HE INGATHERS THE HALF-TRIBE OF MANASSEH! This is written in Psalms (60:7) 'Gilead is Mine, Mine is Manasseh', and after that He ingathers Ephraim, as it says, 'Ephraim also is the strength of mine head' (Psalms 60:7). #
By 'The Half-Tribe of Manasseh' in the above case was meant that section of the Tribe of Manasseh (to which the men of Jabesh-Gilead belonged) east of the Jordan which was otherwise known as 'Machir'. The name 'America' is derived from the name of 'Machir' and Machir was the first-born son of Manasseh. The United States of America is a land dominated by descendants of Machir and derives much of its national characteristics from the Tribe of Manasseh to whom Machir belonged. It follows that if the Midrash is to be taken literally it is indicating that Redemption is to come to those members of the Lost Ten Tribes living in America before it comes to other Lost Israelites!
The USA will be the first to return.
The call has gone out.
An arousal has already began!
[This is discussed in our book, "Joseph. The Israelite Destiny of America"].
Joseph was two tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh.
The USA is represented more by Manasseh.
The Sages said that the return of the Ten Tribes would begin with Gilead and Machir of Manasseh.
This is the USA.
The USA needs to know who it is.
It needs to know that it is of one family with Judah.
Judah needs the USA. It needs Gilead of Manasseh.
The USA needs Judah. It needs to know that Judah and the Ten Tribes are one family.
This was the message of Israeli PM Binyamin Netanyahu on his recent visit to the USA in his speech before AIPAC on the day before his speech to Congress.