Movement of the Ten Tribes
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Tell me please, if you will, were there any people living in
Europe, specifically the British Isles before the destruction of the first Beit
HaMikdash? Or was northern Europe sparsely populated and then inundated with
frightened migrating Israelites? And did these hundreds of thousands of
immigrant Israelites collectively forget where they came from, who they were and
what G-d expected from them? Did these Israelites who apparently suffered from
mass amnesia also forget their brethren (Judah, Levi, Benjamin and countless
people from the other 9 tribes) who fled to Persia under the safety of King
Yair, your Britam organization is a very good tool to possibly reduce the amount of Jew hatred in the world by enabling the Gentile nations to believe that they too are part of Israel and that their ancestors were also present at Mt Sinai. Maybe, just maybe, you can even get the pope to believe that he too is an Israelite. Wow, then maybe the Vatican will soon have a glatt kosher kitchen (the pope can even be the mashgiach [spiritual overseer), a beit medresh [House of Study] and daily minyanim [Minimum quorums for communal Prayer]. And then to make this whole scenario completely surreal, maybe the pope will even lead in the davening [Prayer in Yiddish].
Sounds almost like a Purim shpiel [play, comedy skit held on the Feat of Purim ], yes? Before 1948 Brit-Am would have been shunned by the gentiles, but since the creation of the State of Israel and especially since the 6-Day War when Jerusalem became an undivided city and the Temple mount was back in the hands of its children do many gentiles want to place their destiny with that of the Jews. As Isaiah writes in Isaiah 53--"Who would have believed our report?" when the gentile leadership laments the harm done to the Jewish people by their evil decrees and how the Jews suffered at the hands of the gentiles for centuries as the suffering servants of G-d.
The church used to point to the "wandering Jews" as proof of G-d's punishment because we did not accept [the Christian Messiah] as lord and savior---but Israel's continued existence and strength invalidated this anti-Semitic theology. And as Mark Twain wrote and pondered over a century ago: what is behind the immortality of the Jew?
Well, step right up all ye nations and claim your newfound status as descendants of the children of Israel and you too can be immortal and you dont even have to have any torah or mitzvot [commandments] in your lives. Hey they cant beat that, right Yair?
Your post include the following implied critical queries:
Evidence for mass immigration to west especially British isles within necessary time frame.
Reduction of anti-Semitism. The Pope etc.
State of Israel now making Israelite ancestry attractive.
Freedom from commandments and obligations alongside being part of the "Chosen".
Conventional History is different on many points from the Brit-Am understanding. Nevertheless even conventionally there were several stages of diminished population followed by sudden increase alongside drastic cultural changes. This is consistent with demographic disasters followed by the immigration of new peoples. Brit-Am publications (e.g. The Tribes, Origin, Lost Israelite Identity, Ephraim) and articles on our site show part of the relevant evidence.
Even according to Conventional Evidence it is academically agreed in Scandinavia that their Bronze Age Civilization originated with the immigration of peoples who had originated from somewhere in the Middle East area.
Our next issue of New Tribesman will probably carry an article on this subject.
The Ten Tribes before their Exile were idol worshippers (2-Kings 17). The Midrash says they had ceased to practice circumcision. There was not much that was "Jewish" or culturally Hebrew about them. They had intermixed with other peoples and borrowed their customs and beliefs. They were exiled in groups but subject to the influence of foreign cultures and alien surroundings etc. By comparison look at the USA today. How many are descended from German immigrants? How many speak German? How many even know their ancestors came from Germany? And this is just after a distance of 300 years in some cases and less than ca. 200 years in most.
In addition Brit-Am (and other studies) have shown that some recollection of Israelite Ancestry did remain amongst part of the Lost Ten Tribes.
[ We suspect that the Church in some cases militated against the idea of Israelite origins. ]
Brit-Am could indeed contribute towards a reduction in Jew hatred and a greater support for the State of Israel and sympathy for the Jews in general. We would certainly hope so. Individual cases exist where we have had some positive influence. On the other hand there were also times when we were disappointed. About 3 to 5 per cent of our subscribers are probably anti-Jewish. Some of them are Edomites and others. No matter what we say they will remain anti-Jewish. They are liable to take whatever we say and use it for their own purposes.
Nevertheless we understand that our overall effect is positive one. Not only are we good for the Jews but we contribute something to all Bible-believers. On the whole Believers in the Bible are much better people no matter what their origins.
This however is not the question, at least not all of it.
The question should be is whether or not Brit-Am is correct. If Brit-Am is correct in its beliefs and claims then deal with it.
Your remarks concerning the Pope etc were out of place. You have missed the point.
Having a certain group amongst the Gentiles considered part of the Chosen People of Israel does not mean making all the Gentiles Israelites.
It means rather simply increasing the size of the Chosen People.
You mocked the idea that Brit-Am Identified Peoples may be considered part of the Chosen People yet not be obligated by the commandments.
At least not yet.
Not everyone agrees with us on this point.
Even so, this is what Scripture implies and what the Sages said.
Your problem should be with them. Not with us.
If you feel uneasy with this you are urged to check the sources yourself or ask someone you rely upon to do so.
Perhaps we are wrong or perhaps we are right but someone else can explain it along lines that make more sense to you than our own explanations did?
It should be pointed out that belonging to the Chosen People entails both advantages and obligations that not all of us may be prepared for.
YOU ONLY HAVE I KNOWN OF ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH: THEREFORE I WILL PUNISH YOU FOR ALL YOUR INIQUITIES [Amos 3:2]
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