Levi, Judah, Benjamin.
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Tribal Stones and Hues in the Light of Hebrew Nations Identifications
The Jews Today
The present-day people of Judah are centered around the Tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and Levi. There are also minority representative elements from the other tribes as well as descendants of converts. Rabbi Avraham Kook taught that the Jews comprise the heart of mankind and they therefore need to include representative types of them all.
When the Ten Tribes of Israel separated themselves from the Rulership of the House of David only Judah and Benjamin remained (1 Kings 12:20-21). Later most of the Tribe of Levi also moved to Judah (2 Chronicles 13:9, 13,14).
Levi has the colors white, black, and red.
Levi was originally scattered throughout all the other tribes. Later most of the Levites moved to the kingdom of Judah i.e. They became part of the Jewish people.
Nevertheless we find bands of Levites known as the Children (or Sons) of Moses in the west.
Elchanan Bin Nun, ("Harari Oz" p. 397) quotes from Rabbi Avraham Kook ("Mamaari HaRiah" pp.194-6 and Hascomah to "Kol Mevaser") that there are three types of Lost Israelites:
1. Descendants of Jethro (through Yonadav son of Receb) who converted, have become lost but will one day return.
2. The Lost Ten Tribes.
3. The Sons of Moses from the Tribe of Levi who developed in the North, had their own system of worship, kept somewhat apart from the rest of Israel, were exiled as one group and became lost.
The Sons of Moses were spoken of in Jewish Folklore. In some versions the Sons of Moses are described as attached to the Exiles of Judah in Babylonia. In other accounts they are associated with the Lost Ten Tribes. We find echoes of early Jewish traditions in Arabic sources such as that of Abba-Abas who was an uncle of Mohamed. Aba Abas had been instructed by a Jewish apostate. He added quite a lot to Moslem lore and much of what he added had been lifted straight out of Jewish Rabbinical texts and related popular sources. Abba Abas said that the "Sons of Moses" were in the far east in Gabrassa and in the far west in Gabalk. These terms are considered to be Jewish in origin. Gabrassa relates apparently to Turkestan in east Scythia where the ancestors of the Anglo-Saxons and others had sojourned for some time prior to continuing westward in the era 200-400 c.e. with "Scandinavian" offshoots coming later. "GABALK" was an Arabic term for western Europe especially the Frankish realm of France. This is where the Sons of Moses were located and the Ten Tribes must therefore have been close to them.
Other versions state that the CHILDREN OF MOSES were in the far west in "Djabarka" (i.e. "The Golden Castle"), in the "Islands of the Happy", dwelling in a town wherein the remnants of AD were also to be found. The name Ad in Arabic tradition (based on Jewish sources) represents the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
Ad (brother of Hud meanign Judah) represented an Israelite people who because of their sins had been blown away to the west "Islands of the Happy" means isles of the Blessed which was another term for Britain and especially Ireland. The Druids in Gaul told a Roman inquirer (Timagene quoted by Ammianus Marcellinus, 15, ch.9) that part of the Gauls were indigenous to their country whereas others had come (in about 500 BCE) from distant isles, which said H. D'ARBOIS DE JUBAINVILLE were otherwise known as "The Land of the Dead", or "The Islands of the Happy", and apparently meant the islands of Britain and maybe also the coastlands of Scandinavia. They had been driven out due to a rising of the sea that flooded their own areas.
"The Islands of the Happy" in the far west in which dwelt both the sons of Moses and the sons of Ad were the British Isles, and later the term in Classical Writings would be applied especially to Ireland!
THE ISLES OF THE WEST. THE ARABIAN CONNECTION
One source traced the Sons of Moses to the West and to Britain.
At one stage the Levites served as a kind of police-Force and keepers of the Public Peace.
The blessing of Jacob to Simeon and Levi, "Tools of Violence Shall be their Trade" hinted at this.
Levi the Copper. Levites as Policemen?
Could it be that certain military units, such as the British Guardsmen dressed in red and black with the white buttons and belt, had a preponderance of the Tribe of Levi?
Yehudah is sky-blue. The techelet or blue thread in the tsitits or threads on the corners of a four-cornered garments was described as being sky-blue. |
For several centuries the techelet has not been worn since its process of manufacture had been lost. Nowadays attempts are being made to revive it.
In certain Ultra-Orthodox and National Religious communities one meets individuals and groups of enthusiasts with the techelet.
Sky-Blue and white are the official colors of the State of Israel. These colors also feature on the Israeli flag.
The stone of Benjamin is described as having the 12 colors of the rainbow. The traditional stone of Benjamin is the jasper which is multi-variegated. Benjamin is the full-blood brother of Joseph but he pertains mainly to the side of Judah. Benjamin today is primarily amongst Judah, i.e. the present-day Jews.
The Jews includes people from all over the world and of numerous types. Perhaps this is the meaning of the rainbow colors? Another application of the rainbow color is its present day adoption as a symbol for the Gay movement. In Ancient Times men from the Tribe of Benjamin attempted to rape a male wayfarer. They were given his woman instead and raped her to death. Consequently most of the Tribe of Benjamin was wiped out by the other tribes (Judges chs. 19 to 21). Is this what we are heading for today?
Will this be our only chance of survival?
If homosexuality was the inevitable irresistible inclination of those afflicted by it why is it condemned by the Bible?