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Brit-Am Now no. 1188
Date 18 Tammuz 5768 21 July 2008
Contents:
1. Why are the Lost Ten Tribes Considered "Lost"?
The Bible says so!
2. Hebrew and English: The verbal form "
achanging"
3. Manasseh, Family Values, and Family
Consicousness
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1. Why are the Lost Ten Tribes Considered "Lost"?
The Bible says so!

One occasionally hears amongst "Ephraimite"-type people the expression,
"The Lost Ten Tribes were not lost to God!"
The wisdom of this saying always escaped me since before the Almighty nothing is "lost".
Is it that for some reason the expression "lost" was considered to have denigrating connotations?
The Fact is that in several places the Lost Ten tribes are described as "lost".
In Hebrew the word "LOST" is "ABED" which can also mean "Perish".

"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS IN THAT DAY, THAT THE GREAT TRUMPET SHALL BE BLOWN, AND THEY SHALL COME WHICH WERE READY TO PERISH (Hebrew: "Ovdim" also translatable as "they who were lost")  IN THE LAND OF ASSYRIA (i.e. LTTs).
[Hebrew: Ovdim = were lost, or in the process of getting lost, or wandering] IN THE LAND OF ASSYRIA [i.e. the LTTs]

Nachmanides interpreted Deuteronomy 32:26-27 as referring to the Ten Tribes.
[Deuteronomy 32:26] I SAID, I WOULD SCATTER THEM INTO CORNERS [Afayhem], I WOULD MAKE THE REMEMBRANCE OF THEM TO CEASE FROM AMONG MEN:
 
[Deuteronomy 32:27] WERE IT NOT THAT I FEARED THE WRATH OF THE ENEMY, LEST THEIR ADVERSARIES SHOULD  BEHAVE THEMSELVES STRANGELY, AND LEST THEY SHOULD SAY, OUR HAND IS HIGH, AND THE LORD HATH NOT DONE ALL THIS.                    
Nachmanides:
##Deuteronomy 32:26. Afayhem.  The Sages of Old said [it means] I will scatter them to every corner. If so the explanation is as I have said: It would be the will before HIM that according to the attribute of Strict Judgment that they should be scattered to every corner for eternity and that memory of them should forever be lost: WERE IT NOT THAT I FEARED THE WRATH OF THE ENEMY! -that it should be said about them, Where are they? That there should not remain amongst the Gentiles any remembrance of them and that their location would not be known, Where can they be [Hebrew: "Aifor-Hem"]? This indicates the exile of the Ten Tribes who were to be exiled to the River Gozan (2-Kings 17:6) which is [that river] referred to by the Sages as Sabtion [Sanhedrin 65;2 Sambation].##

Brit-Am Explanation: We see from above that according to Nachmanides the Lost Tribes were destined to be scattered and lost and that this condition would have been permanent were it not for the Almighty wishing to redeem them for reasons of HIS own, a discussion of which is to be found in our work,
"Role to Rule. The Task of Joseph"
At all events we may say that it was decreed that the Lost Ten Tribes would be forgotten for a time.
In the past there were always sources and researchers who spoke of the Lost Ten Tribes as we have shown on numerous occasions. Nevertheless we mention these sources because we find them usually after some strenuous searching.
They are not before the public consciousness.
As far as most people are concerned the Ten Tribes got "lost" and can stay that way!
We may assume that to some degree the decree of their "disappearing" is still in effect.
This could explain why the mainstream is still relatively indifferent to our efforts.
Even so, times are achanging. We may assume that the identity of the Lost Ten Tribes is about to be revealed to a much stronger degree than previously. This is the task of Brit-Am.
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2. Hebrew and English: The verbal form "achanging"
In the previous note we used the verb "achanging". This brought to our attention an aspect of English grammar foreshadowed by Hebrew usage.
A verb with the prefix "a-" changes it to be more reflexive, i.e. more working on itself or being worked on by an outside factor, e.g. asleep as distinct from sleeping. 

According to "The American Heritage Dictionary" the prefix "a-" connotes "intensfied action; for example, abide, amaze.[...reduced form of ar-, or-, from Germanic.] 

There is a Hebrew parallel.
The prefix "ha-" before a verb root has more or less the same significance as the English "a-" only in Hebrew it is a bit stronger.
e.g. Hebrew "poel" work, and "piel" meaning "working" becomes "ha-phiel" meaning "Make to work, operate".
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3. Manasseh, Family Values, and Family Consicousness
S. R. Hirsch:
##Numbers 26:53. The variety of Tribes and Families - while maintaining spiritual and moral unity - is essential for the destined task of the People of the Torah.
Each Tribe, each branch, each house has its own uniqueness. This individuality should find its own special place and develop on the common ground of the Torah.

##Numbers 27:1.OF THE FAMILIES OF MANASSEH THE SON OF JOSEPH...Sub-divisions of individualized family branches was much emphasized in the Tribe of Manasseh. For example, in the tribe of Reuben only the sons created family branches of their own [i.e. Numbers 26:5-6 REUBEN...THE CHILDREN OF REUBEN; HANOCH, OF WHOM  COMETH THE FAMILY OF THE HANOCHITES: OF PALLU, THE FAMILY OF THE PALLUITES: etc, mentions  the sons of Reuben and that these sons created family branches named after themselves. Further subdivisions are not recalled]. On the other hand we find with Manasseh that Machir, Gilead, and Heapher, -i.e. the son, the grandson, and the great-grandson - all created family branches of their own. This is despite the fact that Manasseh himself was only a branch of the Tribe of Joseph...The father, the grandfather, and great-grandfather each created their own family branches and their names continued to live in their descendants. ##

That is what Rabbi S. R. Hirsch said.
We identify Manasseh primarily with the controlling element of the USA having come mainly from Northern England, Wales, Scotland, Ulster, and the mainly non-feudal elements of Germany who migrated to the USA in the 1700s and 1800s.
In the book, "Don't Know Much About History. Everything you Need to Know about American History but Never Learned" by Kenneth C. Davis, 1990, USA. is mentioned (p.321) "this peculiar American need to conform".
On the one hand Americans seem to need to conform to the generality, to be part of a group, part of a family. On the other hand they also identify with their OWN family or subgroup and seem to seek out that which makes their own subdivision special, e.g. Texans usually emphasize they come from Texas.
Speak to an American about another American and the first question that comes up will usually be,
"What State are they from?"
The importance of this question appears to be stressed more by Americans than it is by other peoples.
An Australian for instance may be interested as to what part of Australia another Australian comes from but he will not consider the knowledge THAT important.
Taking this a bit further we find that DAN was divided into only one family called in Numbers 26:42 after Shuham and in Genesis Hushim.
[Genesis 46:23] AND THE SONS OF DAN; HUSHIM
Taking the observation of S.R. Hirsch seriously we would expect to find contrary inclinations amongst descendants of Dan.
Brit-Am identifies Dan with the Danes and with some of the Welsh and Irish.
About the Danes and Welsh I cannot say.
We do however find with the Irish a desire to lose their individuality and not to identify as distinct from others and not being enthusiastic about others doing so either.
This observation would seem to be contrary to Irish legends and genealogy consciousness in which we find a plenitude of clans and family divisions.
Neverthless there is something to it.
As further proof one may say that an Irishman reading this posting might feel a little uneasy with the suggested distinctions being made (whether right or wrong) whereas chances are that Americans will find it fascinating.


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