Brit-Am Now no. 1216
29 August 2008, 28 Av 5768
1. Steven Collins to Speak on Tamar
2. Query About Proposed Brit-Am Trip to USA
3. Different Tribal Characteristics in a Nut-Shell:
(a) Preliminary Remark Concerning these Notes in General
1. Steven Collins to Speak on Tamar
From: Steve Collins <email@example.com>
Tamar Yonah asked me to be the guest on her radio program on Monday, September
Hopefully, it will stir up an awareness of the LTT in history and the modern
world (which should help Britam as well).
2. Query About Proposed Brit-Am Trip to
When are you coming to America? I am anxiously awaiting your visit. I cannot
wait to hear you speak again.
Thanks once again for what you are doing for the Ephramites.
At present we believe we should be coming over within a
3. Different Tribal Characteristics in a
(a) Preliminary Remark Concerning
these Notes in General
These notes are based on Biblical Passages, Commentaries, Rabbinical
various traditions, legends, historical researches, and our own inferred
The points made are open for discussion. If you think we have been unfair,
or mistaken, or have something of your own to add please do so.
Many (but not all) of the points made below are discussed more comprehensively
on our work
"The Tribes" and in our other writings.
Simeon was the second son. His stone, the pitdah, may have been an
His color was green though sometimes this is expressed as yellow.
In Rabbinical Terminology yellow is considered a hue of green.
Esther for instance is described as "yerakraket" which literally could be
translated as "greenish"
but may mean simply that she was blond, or it may mean something else.
In painting to obtain green one combines yellow with blue.
Simeon inclined to extremism and violence. He could be profligate. A prince of
was killed by Phinehas for coupling in public with a Midianite princess.
Simeon was the instigator of the plot against Joseph. That was why Joseph had
when the brothers came down to Egypt. This indicates jealousy and resentment
and fraternal treachery. Levi and Simeon were responsible for wiping out the
city of Schechem
after the prince of Schechem with the knowledge of the other citizens defiled
and kidnapped their sister.
Jacob was angry with the way they took vengeance. They had given the Israelites
a bad name in the eyes of
the surrounding peoples and placed the whole family in danger.
The actions of Simeon and Levi at Schechem indicate concern for members of the
family, willingness to risk their own life on behalf of
a family member, family loyalty and honor, as well as a certain degree of
deviousness (when they deceived
the citizens of Schechem), disregard for convention, and irresponsibility.
Unkind tongues could also say they may been a little bloodthirsty as well.
Simeon was a disruptive element. Jacob predicted that Simeon would be scattered
through the other tribes.
At one stage Simeon was encompassed by Judah but King Saul later distanced them
Simeon is associated with teachers of reading and Scripture to little children.
This traditionally requires both strictness and compassion along with pedantic
On the negative side Simeon has a tendency to petty-mindedness and superstition.
This may also take the form of being irreligious for paltry reasons.
[One sometimes encounters people who give the impression of disbelieving for
When talking to them however one may find that they hold the craziest of notions
in other areas.
If and when such people "repent and return" to religion they then take up with "wayout"
Simeon can be fanatical.
Simeon has a tendency to miserliness. Many beggars also come from Simeon.
The two can sometimes go together. We all know stories of the indigent mendicant
who has a fortune stashed away in his mattress. This could indicate a tendency
to rely on others
even when it may not be necessary to do so. It shows social and psychological
Many scribes also traditionally came from Simeon.
This profession requires exactness, some artistic ability, intelligence,
patience, and determination,
along with a good knowledge of complicated laws and their practical
[Yair Davidiy once worked for many years as a professional scribe so he is
speaking from experience.
It is not an easy profession.]
The Tribe of Simon though located in the south was politically connected to
the Tribes in the north and was part of the Ten Tribes who were taken into
Simeon (in accordance with the Prophecy of Jacob) is found scattered in
different groups throughout
both Judah and the Ten Tribes. Many of the Khazars returned to Judah. They
included a portion of the
Tribe of Simeon. Simeon was also found in East England, in Wales, Ireland, and
as well as amongst those Germans of Israelite descent who migrated to America.
He was a minority everywhere though in Wales, Ireland, and Brittany Simeon may
have been present
in significant numbers.
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