Description of an Ally
by Yair Davidy (17 May, 2022)
[Based on the personal knowledge of Yair. Minor inaccuracies may later become apparent].
Avraham Feld was born on February 14, 1954 in Manhattan, USA. His father was a lawyer and in WW2 had served as one of the heads of the US anti-Espionage services. Avraham graduated from Yeshiva University with studies in Jewish philosophy and psychology, and received his Rabbinic Ordination ("smicha") in 1983.
His activities include extensive research projects for politicians and commentators on several topics. He maintains serious projects of rescue those in need of help especially young people. Avraham is the author and co-author of several religious research publications on Biblical topics. While still in Yeshivah University Avraham and his brothers had founded what became known as the "Maccabee Institute for Emergency Rescue, Educational, and Social Aid, " in Hebrew "Mossad Maccabee."
One of the brothers of Avraham is Israel Feld who helped Yair Davidiy in many ways including the publication of his first books.
Another brother is Rabbi David Feld who was also a friend of ours.
The Maccabee Institute has been involved in many fields including combating Cults and resistance to anti-Jewish missionaries, preventing abortions, saving girls and boys in trouble, bringing Nazis to justice, etc., and general social work.
[Yair Davidiy also at once stage in Israel worked, in a minor capacity, part-time, for them].
Rabbi Avraham while still in the USA had come in contact with many Gentiles. He formed the impression that many of them were of Israelite or Jewish origin. He mentioned this in a meeting with the Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson who appeared to confirm this impression.
In Israel the Feld brothers continued their activities. Israel ("Yisroel") Feld was a qualified agronome. He started a sheep farm in Susia in the southern Hebron Hills where he developed his own breed of stall-fed sheep. Yair Davidiy met Israel and moved onto the farm serving as an occasional assistant, a de facto security guard, and working in the area. Yair showed Yisroel Feld a manuscript of his work on the Ten Tribes and discussed it with him. Yisroel introduced his brother, Rabbi Avraham, to the subject who also was convinced by it. It corresponded with his own impressions.
For more details see:
A Brief Introduction to the Founder of Brit-Am and a History of Brit-Am
In ca. 1998 Yair Davidiy announced the creation of Brit-Am as a formal organization. Rabbi Avraham Feld was also involved and helped Brit-Am in the field of Public Relations. He contributed a great deal to Brit-Am in the early stages. Rabbi Feld later left (ca. 2005) Brit-Am and joined another group. At present Avraham Feld is no longer a part of Brit-Am though in principle he agrees with our findings and supports them. Our relations are amical. Rabbi Feld also regularly gives a YOUTUBE talk that is produced and promoted on the Yair Davidiy YouTube Channel.
Rabbi Feld agrees with Brit-Am concerning the Lost Ten Tribes being among Western peoples. He also agrees with Brit-Am concerning the importance of ongoing intensified research on the subject, and with the need to emphasis the sacrosanctity of Judah.
There are however personality differences between us in addition to which
we differ on the following points:
# Rabbi Feld holds that in addition to the Ten Tribes attempts should be made to convert ALL Gentile Peoples to Judaism and that the standards for conversion in Israel be liberalized. He runs programs for Converts.
Brit-Am disagrees with this not only concerning non-Israelite Gentiles but also in regards to descendants of the Ten Tribes. Brit-Am is not against converts: On the contrary, but we abide by the general Orthodox Religious Jewish approach which is open but reserved.
We feel that the emphasis for Brit-Am should be on spreading the Lost Ten Tribes message concerning Israelite Ancestry, and in deepening our knowledge of it, and not much more than that. The Ten Tribes have their own tasks and uniqueness.
# Rabbi Feld believes that "Ephraimites", i.e. Christians who believe they are from the Ten Tribes, should be allowed to come to live in Israel and receive a special status of their own.
Brit-Am considers this a needless, premature, and potentially dangerous issue and liable to divert energies from what should be the main task: Making the Facts of Israelite Ancestry known, and in Confirming Research Findings
Jews who live in Israel should keep the Torah. If they do not keep the Torah they are placing themselves and all other Jews in danger. Nevertheless, they are pertinent to Keeping the Torah whereas the Ten Tribes at the moment are not.
# Rabbi Feld has established formal connections with individuals and groups whose ideology and agenda, in the eyes of Brit-Am, are problematic.
These are mostly in effect relatively minor points but when emphasis is placed upon them they become divisive.
At all events Rabbi Feld and the Maccabee Institute do a lot of good.
Like all of us they need funds and deserve them.
Anybody who wishes to contribute to them may contact Rabbi Avraham at:
Alternately you may contribute to Brit-Am (via Paypal, etc) and leave a note that the funds are for Rabbi Avraham.