Answers to an Activist (28 August 2016, 24 Av, 5776)
1. Message from Norman.
2. Who is Norman?
3. Reply from Yair
4. Jews need Judaism!!!!
5. Rules of Engagement. Needed Operational Principles
1. Message from Norman.
At 07:33 PM 8/25/2016, Norman wrote:
(Cc Rav. F.)
With respect, how do you understand Ezekiel 37:16?
A) Â As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.Â
B) Then take another stick and write on it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.Â
C) Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.
With respect, why do insist on adding us one by one to the Stick of Judah? Why do you not help us form the Stick of Ephraim instead, so that the prophecies can be fulfilled?
I asked Rav. F. for this help, and he called me a Nazi, and won't answer emails. Is this how we are to be treated, is to be slandered, and called names, and no one cares about slander and evil speech to us. And we are to be misrouted to the wrong house?
If you truly fear [God], why not help me fulfill Ezekiel 37:15b, instead of trying to undermine us, and say curses over us every day?
Norman Â is a kind of American Ephraimite preacher, thinker, and person of action. In the past he initiated a petition for non-Jews who wished to settle in Israel.
He is very tall inÂ height, somewhat eccentric, and charismatic. He has his own teachings and following. His views on some matters change from time to time.
On one of the occasions when Norman was in Israel he and Yair drank a few cups of coffee together on several occasions.
We exchanged information and viewpoints.
We later more or less fell out but maintained cordial relations.
Now Norman is speaking of approaching the so-called Sanhedrin and asking them for recognition.
The Sanhedrin may well be thankful that Norman is recognizing them. Nothing like Jerusalem for funÂ and games on occasion. Sometimes it actually gets serious and then the UN asks questions.
3. Reply from Yair
I first suggested that you address Rabbi F. since he is usually more conciliatory than I and engages in ecumenical type dialogue.
[RF is an old acquaintance of ours but no more than that. He is not associated with Brit-Am and does not represent us in any way. People tend to get confused on this issue.]
Regarding RF, Â I may have made a mistake? perhaps we should not have invovled him?
Perhaps you said something untoward?
Or were misunderstood?
In answer to your question Ezekiel 37:16-17 refers to the future re-unification of Judah and Ephraim i.e. the Ten Tribes.
After that they will be one people and will not worship idols any more.
22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations and no longer be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols, or with their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. And they will be My people, and I will be their God.
24 My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd; and they will walk in My ordinances and keep My statutes and observe them. 25 They will live on the land that I gave to Jacob My servant, in which your fathers lived; and they will live on it, they, and their sons and their sons, sons, forever; and David My servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forever. 27 My dwelling place also will be with them; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 28 And the nations will know that I am the LORD who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forever.,
Â They will dwell in the Land of Israel but each Tribe will have its own tribal space to live in.
13 Thus says the LORD Â God, Â This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel; Joseph shall have two portions. 14 You shall divide it for an inheritance, each one equally with the other; for I swore to give it to your forefathers, and this land shall fall to you as an inheritance.
Before all this happens the Jews of Judah and Benjamin will go unto the Ten Tribes to bring them back:
18 In those days the house of Judah will go unto the house of Israel, and they will come together from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers as an inheritance.
Yalkut Shimeoni, Song of Solomon 905.
The verse (3:18) should be read accordingÂ as:
# THE HOUSE OF JUDAH SHALL GO UNTO [rather than Â WALK WITH ] THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL.Â People from Judah and Benjamin (i.e. legal Jews) shall go unto the Lost Ten Tribes who are beyond the Sambation River. The Sambation River means Israelite Exiles who migrated to the west. The simple meaning is that Jews from Judah will go unto the Lost Tribes to bring them back. God (Jeremiah 3:22) is calling to the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel in the Land of the North to return to HIM. They will no longer worship the Baal (9:14). Jeremiah refers to the reconciliation of Judah and Israel when God will be worshipped by all the families of Israel (31:1,27). 'Watchmen' from the Mount of Ephraim will put out a call to return to Jerusalem. The word for 'Watchmen' is 'Notsrim' which in Modern Hebrew means 'Christians'. The Lost Ten Tribes before their return and reconciliation will be practicing forms of Christianity. They will return from the North Country and from the coasts of the earth (31:8). God says, I AM A FATHER TO ISRAEL, AND EPHRAIM IS MY FIRSTBORN (31:9).
Before all this happens the Ten Tribes will have to know who they are. Judah will have to be aware of it. This knowledge will need to be well-spread and generally accepted.
This is what Brit-Am/Hebrew nations is doing.
We are preparing the way.
Anyone who is really serious in these matters will support us.
They who are not genuine will probably not want to help.
Which are you?
4. Jews need Judaism!!!!
The Jews will bring belief in one God to the Ten tribes.
They will no longer need to be Christians BUT
for the present Christianity may have a purpose for ITS FOLLOWERSÂ but not for the Jews.
By analogy, there may be a certain deadly sickness [e.g. paganism] for which a certain medicine [Christianity] helps to some degree. This medicine is also a deadly poison but a little less virulent than the sickness it replaces. It may be that the medicine can be used by the afflicted in the hope that some of them will gain enough health to do without it altogether.Â Just because a few people are helped by this medicine, and relatively improved by it, does not mean that those without the sickness (i.e. the Jews) should take it. In other words there may be reason for Christians in our present age to remain Christians but they should not try to infect the Jews.
Jews need Judaism!!!!
We do not encourage Christians to become Jewish but neither do we discourage it. We try to avoid inter-faith issues altogether while concentrating on spreading the truth about Israelite Ancestry among Western Peoples.
As we said anyone who is genuine (and is concerned with these issues) will support Brit-Am/Hebrew nations.
They who are false will take another path.
26 See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: 27 the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, which I am commanding you today; 28 and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the LORD your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known.
29 Â It shall come about, when the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
Midrash Sifrei.Â "but turn aside" (11:28). From this they said, Whoever acknowledges Idolatry is as if they denied the whole Torah, and whoever rejects idolatry is as if they accepted the whole Torah.
Midrash Sifrei. "It shall come about" [Hebrew: Â "ve-ha-ya"] (11:29) We were taught,Â that the expression "ve-ha-ya" ["It shall come about"] always means "immediately after, i.e. "brings you into the land."Â Do this commandment (of renouncing idolatry) and immediately you shall enter the land.
5. Rules of Engagement. Needed Operational Principles.
Brit-Am/Hebrew Nations finds the Ten Tribes among Western Peoples. This is a matter that needs to be made known.
On the one hand Brit-Am is more effective than many give it credit for.
Economically though we are often fighting to get by a fact that severely curtails our possibilities.
Previously, we gave an outline of the different "Identity" movements:
Brit-Am Now no. 2639. Ten Tribes Studies
#3. The Ten Tribes Scene - a Brief Overview
A recent attempt (that we may report on later)Â by others to bring some of these groupings together had mixed results.
Negative phenomena came to the surface.
If we were ever to do anything on a large scale with other groups the following guidelines would need to be abided by:
# LISTED Israelite Nations:
Canada, USA, Greenland, Iceland, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Ireland (Eire), North Ireland, Britain, France, Belgium Luxembourg, Netherlands, Switzerland, Australia, New Zealand, Israelite section of South Africa.
# Non-Israelites who Identify or Israelites from non-Israelite Nations.
The Ten Tribes are among the LISTED Israelite Nations: In addition there may be many descendants of Jews fromÂ Judah or Israelites among other peoples.
In our time there is an arousal of those with some such descent among many peoples not on the list.
Our recommendations in principle are that:
(a) They identify either with Judah (and convert to Judaism) OR move to an Israelite nation and to identify with the Israelites there.Â
Â (b) They may identify as non-Israelite Gentiles who remain where they are and support the movement because it is Biblically warranted.
(c) They may form their own movements within their ownÂ lands though this is problematic.
The preferred solution to our mind is one of the options in (a).
# Judah and the Land.
Judah at present decides what the policy should be concerning the Land and the right to be accepted as citizens.
# Outlying Lands
Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt, Saudia, all occupy lands that should (in whole or part) belong to Israelites. This should be born in mind.
# Judah and Judaism.
Within Judah the ONLY religious authority is that of mainstream Orthodox Judaism as Judah defines it. There can be no interference in this matter.
# Christianity is for Christians ONLY.
No proselytization of Jews is to be accepted.
On the other hand Christians who wish to become Jews are not to be interfered with though they should not necessarily be encouraged.
This sounds unfair but it should be realized that from a Biblical point of view a Jew who becomes a Christian may in the eyes of Heaven incur the death penalty alongside other retributions. We cannot go against the Bible.
On the other hand the Bible allows non-Jews to become Jews according to the discretion given to the Sages who are now still found in Judah.
# Increased Biblical Consciousness.
# No Serious Moral Deviation.
No murder, violence, theft, sexual perversions, no adultery with the women of other men, etc. Respect for the local authority.Â