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From: Yair Davidy
To: heb_roots_chr@hebroots.org
Subject: Are the 12 Tribes Reunited Today?

Are the 12 Tribes Reunited Today?
by
Yair Davidy

BRIT-AM is an ORTHODOX JEWISH Organization

#1) Do Orthodox Jews believe in Replacement theology? NO
#2) Do Orthodox Jews believe in Christian British Israelism? NO

"Brit-Am Israel". (Brit = Covenant, Am = People in Hebrew)

"Brit-Am Israel" at present is headed by Yair Davidy and by Rabbi Abraham Feld.

The address of "Brit-Am Israel" is Yair Davidy, "Brit-Am Israel", P.O.B. 595, Jerusalem 91004, Israel.

The e-mail is : britam@netvision.net.il

"BRIT-AM ISRAEL" BELIEVES:

* The Hebrew Bible is the message of God.

* Out of the original 12 Tribes of Israel Ten were lost. Two remained. The present-day Jews are descended mainly from the two remaining Tribes of Judah and Benjamin.

* The Khazars were a Kingdom in southern Russia many of whose leaders converted to Judaism. The Khazars were descended from the Lost Ten Tribes. The Khazars were blood-relatives of the Picts who went to Scotland, and of the Anglo-Saxons, and of peoples in Scandinavia.

* In addition to the Khazars, many other converts to Judaism through the ages were descended from assimilated Jews or from members of the Lost Ten Tribes.

* Most of the Lost Ten Tribes migrated to Northwest and Western Europe and their descendants are now in those areas or in North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

* We do not claim that all residents of the said nations are descended from Israel. We do however affirm that most descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes are residents of those nations. On the whole they are unaware of their Israelite Identity. Even so in the course of history the Israelite origins of peoples in those areas have influenced national developments and national characteristics.

* The Tribe of Joseph was divided into two other Tribes: Ephraim and Menasseh. People from ALL of the Israelite Tribes congregated in North America but in general the U.S.A. is dominated by Menasseh. Britain has characteristics of Ephraim.

* Reuben was important in France, Issachar in Switzerland, Benjamin in Belgium, Zebulon in Holland, Dan in Denmark, Naphtali in Norway, Gad in Sweden, the country of Finland was influenced by the Tribes of Simeon, Issachar, and Gad; Simeon, Dan, and Ephraim were important in Ireland.

* There is a need for the present-day "Jews" of Judah and the Lost Ten Tribes to recognize each other, and to work towards re-unification and reconciliation.

* Proof exists confirming "Brit-Am Israel" Identity beliefs. Some of the evidence has been presented in works by Yair Davidy such as "The Tribes" (1993), "Ephraim" (1995), and "Lost Israelite Identity" (1996), as well as in articles in our journal "Tribesman". Much additional evidence is available and needs to be uncovered and published. Our sources include the Bible, Talmud, Midrashim, Commentators, Classical Greek and Roman historians, Chroniclers, Legends, Linguistics, Archaeology, and where pertinent racial and other scientific studies.

* Even though much of the evidence has been revealed by ourselves it is not ours alone. Our proofs have never been properly refuted. The basic claims we have made are irrefutable. If one cannot deny our claims and there is nobody else who can it follows that one should accept them. This means that the identity of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel with western peoples should be acknowledged. Once this acknowledgment is forthcoming it is possible to discuss whatever practical conclusions need to be made.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN LEARNING MORE, IN DISCUSSION, AND/OR IN JOINING "BRIT-AM ISRAEL", please make contact by Return Mail.

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NOTE FROM EDDIE:

FYI: Yair Davidy is an ORTHODOX JEW. He does NOT believe in:

#1) Replacement theology
#2) Christian British Israelism

Yair Davidy / Brit-Am / Orthodox Jews DO believe in:

#1) The Restoration of BOTH houses of Israel in the future (the Messianic redemption or the Ingathering of the Exiles) (Ezekiel 37:15-28) when the house of Israel (The Ten Lost Tribes) join themselves to / with the house of Judah in the end of days.

Recently, I ordered from Brit-Am and read the first three issues of the MAGAZINE BRIT-AM. The articles and the information in the magazine was OUTSTANDING.

It is VITAL in these days in which we live to understand that the belief in the restoration of both houses of Israel / Messianic Redemption / Ingathering of the Exiles and the reuniting of Ephraim (Ten Lost Tribes) with Judah and Ephraim returning to Torah is a fundamental and foundational belief of Orthodox Judaism. It is one of the 13 articles of Jewish faith and a prayer for the Messianic Redemption / Restoration of both houses of Israel is prayed THREE times a day by Orthodox Jews.

I would HIGHLY recommend that our newsgroup members subscribe to the Brit-Am magazine to gain a greater understanding of Orthodox Jewish belief regarding this issue. In a recent edition of the magazine, Brit-Am stated that they have come to the conclusion that the primary religion of the Ten Lost Tribes today is Christianity.

Brit-Am declares that this information is VITAL to your understanding of the Bible and Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l agrees. Please consider obtaining the first 3 issues of the Brit-Am magazine and subscribing to future editions.

Yours for the restoration of both houses of Israel,

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l

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NOTE FROM EDDIE:

Some of you might be aware that Messianic Jewish organization REJECT the message of the restoration of both houses of Israel in the end of days. One of their reasons is they argue that both houses of Israel (all 12 tribes) have already been reunited in the day of the kings and all 12 tribes today are called the Jewish people.

ORTHODOX Judaism REJECTS the teachings of Messianic Judaism on this subject. Who is right on this issue? It is imperative that you the student STUDY this issue. When you do (with an honest heart), you will discover that ORTHODOX Jews are right on this issue and that both houses of Israel will be reunited in the end of days (at the dawn of the Messianic Era) as mentioned in MANY places in the writings of the prophets of Israel. One example is (Ezekiel 37:15-28).

In the articles below, Yair Davidy, an ORTHODOX Jew who lives in Jerusalem, Israel and who has spent his life studying the issue of the reuniting of both houses of Israel in the end of days using the Torah, the Prophets, history, archeological and rabbinic commentary does an EXCELLENT job of refuting the argument that the 12 tribes of Israel were reunited in the days of the kings in the article below while also sharing with us the ORTHODOX Jewish view (and the view of the Torah and the Prophets) that both houses of Israel will be reunited in the end of days prior to the coming of King Messiah.

Orthodox Jews pray three times a day for the coming and future restoration and reunification of both houses of Israel in the end of days. It is a fundamental and foundational belief of Orthodox Judaism.

May you be blessed as you study the articles below.

Eddie Chumney
Hebraic Heritage Ministries Int'l

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From: Yair Davidi (britam@netvision.net.il)
To: heb_roots_chr@hebroots.org
Subject: Were the Tribes Really Exiled?

Below is a question that we have answered before but will do so again. First comes the question in full, then the question and answers:

Question:

From: "." <thaxted@netvision.net.il>
Subject: Re: Setterfield-Davidy redux

Yair: this from the well known Australian creationist Barry Setterfield re your theory! Any rebuttal?

 I have been familiar with the writings of Yair Davidy for a number of years. Quite frankly I do not concur with his position. It is based on what was supposed to happen to the "lost 10 Tribes". Historically, they were taken to Assyria which was absorbed into the Babylonian Empire. Therefore, representatives of all 12 Tribes were in Babylonia at the time of the various Returns under Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah. In fact, a straightforward reading of Ezra and Nehemiah suggests that the 12 Tribes were represented at the time of those Returns. Indeed, Nehemiah 7:7 lists the heads of the 12 Tribes that came with Zerubbabel, and that compares with Ezra 6:17 which emphasises that Zerubbabel made sacrifices for all Israel with 12 he-goats etc. while in Ezra's day they offered 12 bullocks for all Israel (Ezra 8:35). Furthermore, Ezra 8:29 states that the chiefs of the fathers of Israel were then in Jerusalem. Note also Ezra 10:5.

One other point can be made. At the time of Nebuchadnezzar's invasion, it appears that representatives of the other 10 Tribes were living in Judah. From the record in 2 Chronicles 30:10, 11, 18, we find those who had humbled themselves came from Ephriam, Manasseh, Zebulon, Asher, Issachar to Jerusalem in the time of Hezekiah. Somewhat earlier, in the days of Asa (2 Chronicles 15:9) we are told that there came a large number of people from the northern kingdom to dwell in Judah, "for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance when they saw the Lord his God was with him."

I think that these considerations make it as plain as it can be that all 12 Tribes were represented in Jerusalem and its surrounding territory at the Return from Babylonian Captivity. Indeed, in a prophecy that is relevant to our own day, Ezekiel 37:16-22 stated that representatives from all Israel and Judah will be back in the land in our time. I believe that is the case now. Just as an aside, it might be mentioned that a friend of mine from the Tribe of Benjamin was in New York about 15 years ago, and a Rabbi there told him that there were representatives from 10 of the 12 Tribes in his congregation. Therefore I do not believe that the 10 Tribes have become the nations of Britain or America etc. Rather I see that, while some may have been assimilated in the populations of these countries, and lost their clean-cut identity, the majority have remained separate until this day. Therefore, while Yair Davidy has a very fascinating proposal, and while there may be elements of truth in it, I prefer to believe the Scriptural record.

Question and Answers:

 I have been familiar with the writings of Yair Davidy for a number of years. Quite frankly I do not concur with his position. It is based on what was supposed to happen to the "lost 10 Tribes". Historically, they were taken to Assyria which was absorbed into the Babylonian Empire.

Yair Davidy replies:

They were taken to different parts of the Assyrian Empire much of which was later divided between Babylon and Media. In the meantime many of the Israelites had already moved on to other places while the rest were soon to follow after them.

 Question: Therefore, representatives of all 12 Tribes were in Babylonia at the time of the various Returns under Zerubbabel, Ezra and Nehemiah. In fact, a straightforward reading of Ezra and Nehemiah suggests that the 12 Tribes were represented at the time of those Returns. Indeed, Nehemiah 7:7 lists the heads of the 12 Tribes that came with Zerubbabel,

Yair Davidy replies:

[NEHEMIAH 7:7] WHO CAME WITH ZERUBBABEL, JESHUA, [NEHEMIAH, AZARIAH, RAAMIAH, NAHAMANI, MORDECAI, BILSHAN, MISPERETH, BIGVAI, NAHUM, BAANAH. THE NUMBER, I SAY, OF THE MEN OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WAS THIS;

The verse does number 12 people (including Zerubabel) but it does not say expressly that they were the heads of the 12 tribes.

On the contrary if we read this verse together with the preceding verse we see:

[NEHEMIAH 7:6] THESE ARE THE CHILDREN OF THE PROVINCE, THAT WENT UP OUT OF THE CAPTIVITY, OF THOSE THAT HAD BEEN CARRIED AWAY, WHOM NEBUCHADNEZZAR THE KING OF BABYLON HAD CARRIED AWAY, AND CAME AGAIN TO JERUSALEM AND TO JUDAH, EVERY ONE UNTO HIS CITY;

[NEHEMIAH 7:7] WHO CAME WITH ZERUBBABEL, JESHUA, [NEHEMIAHEMIAH, AZARIAH, RAAMIAH, NAHAMANI, MORDECAI, BILSHAN, MISPERETH, BIGVAI, NAHUM, BAANAH. THE NUMBER, I SAY, OF THE MEN OF THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL WAS THIS;

It says: "CAME AGAIN TO JERUSALEM AND TO JUDAH, EVERY ONE UNTO HIS CITY" In other words these were people who were returning to their places in Jerusalem and Judah.

The Bible says that the Ten Northern Tribes had been exiled. Only Judah and Benjamin remained Together with the Levites and a small minority of refugees from the other tribes. Not only had the overwhelming majority of the Ten Tribes gone into exile and stayed there but also a good portion of Judah and Benjamin went with them. Nevertheless the Bible considers those who remained to represent JUDAH and those who were exiled as JOSEPH.

Question: and that compares with Ezra 6:17 which emphasises that Zerubbabel made sacrifices for all Israel with 12 he-goats etc. while in Ezra's day they offered 12 bullocks for all Israel (Ezra 8:35).

Yair Davidy replies:

So he did. This was part of the ceremony and what he was obliged to do. It does not mean that all the Tribes were present though representatives of each tribe were probably there.

Question: Furthermore, Ezra 8:29 states that the chiefs of the fathers of Israel were then in Jerusalem.

Yair Davidy replies:

[EZRA 8:29] WATCH YE, AND KEEP THEM, UNTIL YE WEIGH THEM BEFORE THE CHIEF OF THE PRIESTS AND THE LEVITES, AND CHIEF OF THE FATHERS OF ISRAEL, AT JERUSALEM, IN THE CHAMBERS OF THE HOUSE OF THE LORD.

The chief of the fathers of Israel who were in Jerusalem. This does not mean that all the Tribes were present.

Question: Note also Ezra 10:5.

Yair Davidy replies:

Same point. Does not say anything.

ON THE CONTRARY:

The Great Jewish Sage Nachmanides (1194-1270) pointed out that Ezra and Nehemiah mention the names and tribes of the people who returned with them.

ONLY members of the Tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi are mentioned.

[In BRIT-AM issues nos. 1 & 2 relevant extracts in English from the relevant article of Nachmanides were published].

Cf.
Nachmanides:

Our sages (Talmud, Baba Batra 15;a) recalled that Ezra was the one who wrote the Book of Chronicles. His aim was to let us knew the genealogies of those who returned with him from Babylon. Ezra in Chronicles begins his account with Adam at the head and from whom all the genealogies begin. He keeps going in summary manner until he comes to our own tribes of Israel. He then first gives the genealogy of Judah at length. After that he does not give the genealogies of all the other tribes but only some of them and these he goes through in summarized form until he gets to Benjamin....It is as if he is saying that, he really has only to relate the genealogy of one other tribe apart from Judah. The tribe spoken of is the tribe of Benjamin whose genealogy together with that of Judah he has already given. They are the ones who were exiled to Babylon and they are the ones returning in the time of Ezra. The other tribes have their genealogies given, "In the book of the kings of Israel" This book [-that has since been lost] is perhaps in their hands in their place of exile. Ezra then goes on to tell of the settlement of those who returned with him: "Now the first inhabitants that dwelt in their possessions" [1Chr 9:2]. That is to say, those who were the first to return from Babylon settled in their citie. These included Israelites, Cohans (i.e. priests), Levites, and Nathinim as stated expressly in the Book of Ezra, "in the cities of Judah dwelt every one in his possession in their cities, to wit, Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the Nethinims, and the children of Solomon's servants" (Nehemiah 11;3). [The Books of Ezra and Nehemiah are now separate books but Nachmanides refers to both of both together as "The Book of Ezra."]. He goes on to say, "And at Jerusalem dwelt certain of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin. [Neh 11:4]. He also said, "And in Jerusalem dwelt of the children of Judah, and of the children of Benjamin, and of the children of Ephraim, and Manasseh" [1Chr 9:3]. He only recalls in detail however the genealogies of Judah and Benjamin whose names and family-trees he elaborates upon. Even here he does not give all the genealogies but only a section of them as is the practice in Scripture. He also speaks of the Priestly families and the Levites, whom he says "hitherto waited in the king's gate eastward: they were porters in the companies of the children of Levi"[1Chr 9:18].

We have explained this section in accordance with the opinion of our sages of blessed memory. These said that in the time of the Second Temple a few refugees from the other tribes also came up. They did not come from all of the other tribes but only from Ephraim and Menasseh. [Another authority however, Tosefot in Arakin 32;a, says that, "from each and every tribe a few returned"]. These few were not enough to be termed a tribe in their own right or even part of a tribe due to their minority position they were included amongst the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin and dwelt in their cities. This Second Redemption [of Ezra] was not meant for the other tribes.

These are the words of Nachmanides and this is the BOTTOM LINE. You will not find in the Books of Ezra and Nehemiah any Israelite mentioned who returned from Babylon who was not from Judah, Benjamin, or Levi. In these books the Tribal genealogy is emphasized repeatedly over and over again. All the other tribes are missing.

Question: One other point can be made. At the time of Nebuchadnezzar's invasion, it appears that representatives of the other 10 Tribes were living in Judah. From the record in 2 Chronicles 30:10, 11, 18, we find those who had humbled themselves came from Ephriam, Manasseh, Zebulon, Asher, Issachar to Jerusalem in the time of Hezekiah.

Yair Davidy replies:

They came to keep Passover and afterwards presumably returned to their places.

This appears to have been in the first year of Hezekiah (2-Chronicles 29).The final exile of the remnant of the northern tribes (in Samaria) came later, in the fourth year of the reign of Hezekiah (2-Kings 18;9). Also in the 14th year of Hezekiah's reign there was an additional exile by Sanncherib and many of those who dwelt in the open cities around Judah were also exiled. These included according to tradition most of the Tribe of Simeon that still remained..

Question: Somewhat earlier, in the days of Asa (2 Chronicles 15:9) we are told that there came a large number of people from the northern kingdom to dwell in Judah, "for they fell to him out of Israel in abundance when they saw the Lord his God was with him."

Yair Davidy replies:

This is so. There were people from other tribes amongst the "Jews" of Judah and Benjamin.

The present-day Jews do contain representative portions of all the tribes.

This does not contradict the fact that the overwhelming majority of Israelites were exiled and became known as the LOST TEN TRIBE OF ISRAEL.

[2-Chronicles 15:9] AND HE GATHERED ALL JUDAH AND BENJAMIN, AND THE STRANGERS WITH THEM OUT OF EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH, AND OUT OF SIMEON: FOR THEY FELL TO HIM OUT OF ISRAEL IN ABUNDANCE, WHEN THEY SAW THAT THE LORD HIS GOD WAS WITH HIM.

The fact remains that Ezra and Nehamiah do not expressly mention any Israelite in their books who was not from Judah, Benjamin, or Levi. Where were the others?

Does not the Bible speak of "Ephraim" and the Lost Tribes are separate entities from Judah who will only be reunited with Judah in the Last Days?

Question: I think that these considerations make it as plain as it can be that all 12 Tribes were represented in Jerusalem and its surrounding territory at the Return from Babylonian Captivity. Indeed, in a prophecy that is relevant to our own day, Ezekiel 37:16-22 stated that representatives from all Israel and Judah will be back in the land in our time.

Yair Davidy replies:

They may be in a representative sense but the majority are not. The Bible speaks in terms of the majority and in terms of elements that determine overall characteristics.

Ezekiel is speaking of a time still in the future.

Ezekiel is speaking of a future re-union between the Tree of Judah and the tree of Ephraim. This proves that until this re-union takes place the two parts of Israel will remain separate entities.

[EZEK 37:16] MOREOVER, THOU SON OF MAN, TAKE THEE ONE STICK, AND WRITE UPON IT, FOR JUDAH, AND FOR THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL HIS COMPANIONS: THEN TAKE ANOTHER STICK, AND WRITE UPON IT, FOR JOSEPH, THE STICK OF EPHRAIM AND FOR ALL THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL HIS COMPANIONS:

[EZEK 37:17] AND JOIN THEM ONE TO ANOTHER INTO ONE STICK; AND THEY SHALL BECOME ONE IN THINE HAND.

[EZEK 37:18] AND WHEN THE CHILDREN OF THY PEOPLE SHALL SPEAK UNTO THEE, SAYING, WILT THOU NOT SHEW US WHAT THOU MEANEST BY THESE?

[EZEK 37:19] SAY UNTO THEM, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, I WILL TAKE THE STICK OF JOSEPH, WHICH IS IN THE HAND OF EPHRAIM, AND THE TRIBES OF ISRAEL HIS FELLOWS, AND WILL PUT THEM WITH HIM, EVEN WITH THE STICK OF JUDAH, AND MAKE THEM ONE STICK, AND THEY SHALL BE ONE IN MINE HAND.

[EZEK 37:20] AND THE STICKS WHEREON THOU WRITEST SHALL BE IN THINE HAND BEFORE THEIR EYES.

[EZEK 37:21] AND SAY UNTO THEM, THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD; BEHOLD, I WILL TAKE THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM AMONG THE HEATHEN, WHITHER THEY BE GONE, AND WILL GATHER THEM ON EVERY SIDE, AND BRING

[EZEK 37:22] AND I WILL MAKE THEM ONE NATION IN THE LAND UPON THE MOUNTAINS OF ISRAEL; AND ONE KING SHALL BE KING TO THEM ALL: AND THEY SHALL BE NO MORE TWO NATIONS, NEITHER SHALL THEY BE DIVIDED INTO TWO KINGDOMS ANY MORE AT ALL.

This prophecy has not yet been fulfilled. It proves that from a Biblical perspective the two entities are still separate. We know were Judah is. Where is Ephraim?

Question: I believe that is the case now. Just as an aside, it might be mentioned that a friend of mine from the Tribe of Benjamin was in New York about 15 years ago, and a Rabbi there told him that there were representatives from 10 of the 12 Tribes in his congregation.

Yair Davidy replies:
Which Rabbi? What exactly did the Rabbi say? Was he serious? What did he really mean? What did he base it on? How did he know? etc. Why 10 and not 12? And if so??

Most Jews do not know what Tribe they belong to. Levites often know. Some had traditions That they belong to families from Judah or Benjamin. A few have vague traditions that they belong to other tribes but these are exceptional and consider themselves so. The overwhelming consensus is that most Jews belong to Judah, Benjamin, or Levi.

This is confirmed in the Talmud and Midrashim and numerous Rabbinical sources.

We quote many of these sources in our works.

Question: Therefore I do not believe that the 10 Tribes have become the nations of Britain or America etc. Rather I see that, while some may have been assimilated in the populations of these countries, and lost their clean-cut identity, the majority have remained separate until this day. Therefore, while Yair Davidy has a very fascinating proposal, and while there may be elements of truth in it, I prefer to believe the Scriptural record.

Yair Davidy replies:

The Scriptural Record says that the Lost Ten Tribes were exiled, lost their identity, And only in the future will be re-united with Judah. In the meantime Scripture says they Will be very numerous, very rich and powerful, situated in Isles and geographical extremities, In North America, Australia, Britain, etc. Read our publications.

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For a subscription of four issues of BRIT-AM send $36 (8 issues for $65, 12 issues for $90) to:

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From: Yair Davidi (britam@netvision.net.il)
To: heb_roots_chr@hebroots.org
Subject: Are the 12 Tribes Reunited Today?

From: J

Shalom Yair,
Has not Hashem already done this? The Jewish people are no longer seen as Judah nor are they seen as Joseph, they are all seen as Jewish. He has made all of Israel one. Does this "two house" theology espoused not create a dilution to the Jewish people? Could it be that we have misinterpreted this passage into something we want to hear rather than what is true and what has already happened?

I am but an unlearned man in these maters, but I do know that the "Christian" Replacement theology subverts the Jewish peoples. This Two house theology somehow seems to be another form of "Replacement Theology". It almost seems like a people who wish to be Jewish but are not (trying to find a way to be Jewish). I could easily be one of those, I love the Jewish people and have desired to be Jewish. But to desire to be Jewish is to say that Hashem made me incorrectly what I am. That would be an insult to the Almighty.

Shalom Israel, may the Lord stand up and fight for you in your land! May the enemies of Israel be rebuked and suffer loss that they might know that the Lord is Lord over all the kingdoms of the earth.

John

Yair Davidy replies:

Answer: We are not saying to become Jewish if you are not. We are saying that the Lost Ten Tribes are amongst Western Peoples and have a task to fulfill. This knowledge in itself has a religious aspect to it. It is our task to spread knowledge of Israelite Identity. We are not saying become what you are not but rather gain increased awareness of who you are.

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From: Yair Davidi (britam@netvision.net.il)
To: britam@netvision.net.il
Subject: Article by Janice

From: MmJn5@aol.com
Subject: Ephraim and Judah

There is a veil placed over the understanding of Judah and Ephraiam by Hashem it was His doing and He's lifting it, not by might nor power but by His Spirit. It begins with a stirring in an individual's soul by Hashem he awakens us like dormant seed. He awakens us into the Hebraicness of the scriptures we begin to search and question, He begins to answer. If there are people out there doing a good marketing job, the fish and the fisherman will find each other.

And when the two houses begin to dialogue and gain trust and rejoice in reunion, we find Him in our midst. Like the picture of the Cheribim, both standing on Mercy and Justice, the face between them is the Ancient of Days.

People need to be humble in this and teachable.

The important thing to remember is no one is 'lost" to Hashem, He scattered them and will regather them.  All can be Israel. How can that be? Those who chose to bind themselves to the G-d of Abraham, Issac and Jacob. How do they bind themselves? Same as always, "we shall hear and do".

When we fish for the "lost" we fish with the hook, Torah. How do we fish? Like Abraham and Sarah with hospitality. We weclome friends, neighbors into our homes on Ereve Shabbat. We offer relationship with the Creator of the Universe and Redemmer of all at His table.

Happy fishing
Janice

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For a subscription of four issues of BRIT-AM send $36 (8 issues for $65, 12 issues for $90) to:

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Jerusalem 91004
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