The Tribe of Asher in the USA, one of several states
The State of Rhode Island, is a state in the New England region.
Population 1.058 million
We identify Rhode Island with the Israelite Tribe of Asher. Asher was part of the northern threesome grouping Dan, Asher, and Naphtali. These three tribes may have been much interwoven with each other for where we find indications of one we usually come across indications of the others.
# Reflecting its status as a hub of relative tolerance and free thought, Rhode Island was the first colony to call for a Continental Congress in 1774 and the first to renounce its allegiance to the British Crown on May 4, 1776. #
In its early days it was named the "State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations" but now the name is simply "Rhode Island." Its official nickname is the "Ocean State", a reference to its 400 miles (640 km) of coastline and the large bays and inlets that comprise about 14% of its total area. Another nickname is "Little Rhody."
Origin of name:
"Rhodes" means "red" indicating of reddish appearance either due to its reddish soil or reddish vegetation.
Even if the name was given due to its reddish color the name "Rhodes" (inn its present Greek form) would have been given under the influenced of the name of the Isle of Rhodes in Greece. The Isle of Rhodes in Greece may have been so named after the Phoenician name for snake ("Arod") also so used in the Talmud. Rhodes (in Greece) was once known to infested with numerous snakes.
One of the symbols of Dan was a snake.
According to the 2010-2015 American Community Survey, the largest ancestry groups were Irish (18.3%), Italian (18.0%), English (10.5%), French (10.4%), and Portuguese (9.3%).
In Europe we identified Ireland with the Tribe of Asher alongside a sizeable minority from Dan. Israelites were also prominent in England and France. Italy and Portugal historically had hosted minority Hebrew elements.
Our historical researches have indicated that often migrants to the USA were different from the people they left behind and reflect a movement of Israelites moving out and rejoining their brothers.
Amos (NKJV) 9:
9 FOR SURELY I WILL COMMAND,
AND WILL SIFT THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL AMONG ALL NATIONS,
AS GRAIN IS SIFTED IN A SIEVE;
YET NOT THE SMALLEST GRAIN SHALL FALL TO THE GROUND.
For a while, Rhode Island was one of the leaders in textiles but now this is less important than it used to be.
Health services are Rhode Island's largest industry. Second is tourism. The third-largest industry is manufacturing. Its industrial outputs are submarine construction, shipbuilding, costume jewellery, fabricated metal products, electrical equipment, machinery, and boatbuilding.
Health services connect to the Tribe of Asher. The name "Asher" means happiness in Hebrew but it also implies recuperation and health.
Place-Names of note.
Ashaway, RI -reminiscent of Asher.
Jamestown, RI, means "Town of Jacob."
Rhodes island was known as a refuge for religious and political dissenters and social outcasts, earning it the moniker "Rogues' Island".
This would be more appropriate for Dan who according to tradition would gather up all the stragglers and rejects from the other Tribes.
Numbers (NKJV) 10: 25 THEN THE STANDARD OF THE CAMP OF THE CHILDREN OF DAN (THE REAR GUARD OF ALL THE CAMPS) SET OUT ACCORDING TO THEIR ARMIES; OVER THEIR ARMY WAS AHIEZER THE SON OF AMMISHADDAI.
The expression translated as "the rear guard" in Hebrew is "Ha-Masaf" literally meaning "The Gather-In," but also implying "Place of Refuge for." This would indicate more towards an identification with the Tribe of DAN but the name "DAN" also connotes "judgement" whereas Rhode Island fancies itself a champion of individual licence so maybe "ASHER" meaning "Happy" is more appropriate! In Hebrew the same word root as that used for "ASHER" is also used for the verb "permit" so this too is pertinent.
The official symbol of Rhode Island depicts an anchor, and the slogan "HOPE."
Only ca. 1% of the population are Jewish but it is the location of Touro Synagogue in Newport, the oldest still existing synagogue in the USA.
State Marine Mammal
Rhode Island Red (a type of chicken)