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Brit-Am Now no. 1571
The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel Movement

14 September 2010, 7 Tishrei 5771
Contents:
1. Answer to the Criticism of Angelo
Bennetti and Remarks Concerning Rosh HaShana.
2. G. Forrester: Geo-Political Parallelism Between Mongolia and Germany and the Finns of Finland
3. Brit-Am Efforts are Appreciated!


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1. Answer to the Criticism of Angelo Bennetti and Remarks Concerning Rosh HaShana.
"Angelo Bennetti"  wrote:
Re
Brit-Am Now no. 1569
#1. Rosh HaShanna: Three and a half-Day Brit-Am Break
 

It is not new year, it will be the 7th month - the memorial of blowing trumpets -  ha Ethanim  1st Kings 8:2

Don't follow made up stuff

Shalom





Brit-Am Reply:
Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes, is just that. We are interested in the Ten Tribes. On the whole we try to avoid theological discussions and inter-faith dialogue. Our purpose is not to explain or defend Judaism.
Nevertheless certain recurring attitudes such as that reflected in your remark do turn up and now and then need to be dealt with.
[We do not however wish to engage in an ongoing discussion on these matters. Please try and keep your correspondence with us connected to matters concerning the Ten Tribes and their identification.]
You said:
"Don't follow made up stuff".
This shows an anti-Jewish prejudice that is widely spread.
The Sages do not make up things. They merely, on the whole, directed the people as to how to apply the Law on day-to-day basis in a practical manner.
This was their Biblical-given duty.

Deuteronomy 17:
8 If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses.

9 And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment.

10 You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the LORD chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you.

11 According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you.

12 Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Israel.

13 And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously.


It should also be remembered that Ezra and Nehemiah had the Biblical status of Prophets. They lead the Jews back from Babylon to rebuild the Temple. They also established the Great Assembly which had 120 members. The Prophets Haggai, Malachi, and Zechariah were members of the Great Assembly.
Later the number of members was reduced to seventy in accordance with the number established by Moses (Exodus 24:1,9).
This was the Sanhedrin. The Sages received their authority through authorization by the Sanhedrin.
This was a direct continuation of Prophetic Biblical Authority.
[You may have a problem with this but we are not in the business of dealing with individual issues.]

As for Rosh HaShanna being the New Year Day this shows the trouble with direct translation.
You may have been mislead due to a semantic confusion.

In our English-speaking world we have one New Years Day (1 January) and no other.

We do however use other dates to begin and end different matters. We have for instance the Fiscal Year. This is used for accounting and banking purposes. Many financial institutions close their doors on or just before the end of the Fiscal Year to facilitate a final auditing or what not.
In Australia it begins on July 1.
In Canada, Hong Kong, and India, on April 1.
UK on April 6.
USA on October 1.
In some countries (such as Ireland at present) it corresponds with the regular New Year and begins on January 1.
[ In the Brit-Am headquarters in Jerusalem we seem to begin a new fiscal year every time the need for an appeal arises! This mkay be quite often but not so much as it would seem.]

In  Hebrew terms the first day of the Fiscal Year would be considered a New Years Day for Finance.
Thus the Mishna (Rosha HaShana 1:1) lists four different New Years Day. There are different New Years Day for the tithing of newborn animals or for  first fruit-offerings to the Temple etc.

The actual counting of the Months begins from the month of Nissan in the Spring (Pesach time).
What we call New Years Day (Rosh HaShana) is listed as the first day of the seventh month (Tishrei) as you pointed out.
Just because the 1st day of Tishrei is referred to as Rosh HaShanna (Head of the Year) does not mean that the numbering of the months has been changed.
Rosh HaShanna is mentioned in the Bible as the day of "Zicaron Terua, Mikra Kodesh" ("a Day of Remembrance of Blowing the Shofar, a Holy Calling-Together",  Leviticus 23:24).
Or in conventional translation:
Speak to the children of Israel, saying: "In the seventh month, on the first day of the month, you shall have a sabbath-rest, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation (Leviticus 23:24).


It is a day when in heaven we are judged and if we do repentance beforehand may make a new beginning.
[We can make a new beginning any day but some times may be more propitious than others, as we all know.]
Rosh HaShanna is associated with the blowing of a shofar.
The process began by Rosh HaShanna culminates on Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) Friday (September 18) sunset to sunset on Saturday.
At the end of Yom Kippur a shofar is blown again.

In  Biblical Times:
Every fifty years at Jubillee Time there would be two Rosha HaShanas, one for the blowing of the Shofar on Remembrance Day (1 Tishrei i.e. our usual Rosh HaShana) and the other (ten days later) on Yom Kippur at the end of which a shofar would be blown to signal the release of indentured servants and the return of ancestral lands to their rightful owners.
This day is referred to in Ezekiel:
# In the twenty-fifth year of our captivity, at the beginning of the year [Hebrew: Rosha HaShana], on the tenth day of the month..# (Ezekiel 40:1).

As for there being two consecutive days of Rosha HaShana (that we still celebrate) this was the practice when the exact date could not be known in advance and is mentioned in the Bible concerning the beginning of the month which was also, in a minor way, considered a Holy Day (see 1-Samuel 20:27 "the second day of the month").

 The significance of the shofar and these Holy Days to the Return of the Ten Tribes was briefly discussed
by us in the past.
See:
Brit-Am Now no. 1240
#1. The Brit-Am Message for Yom Kippur (5769). An Outline
http://britam.org/now/1240Now.html#The

"Brit-Am Now"-303
#4. Yom Kippur
http://britam.org/now/now303.html

See also:
"Brit-Am Now"-970
#3. New Year for Brit-Am?
(a) The Hebrew New Year. Rosh Hashanah
http://britam.org/now/970Now.html




2. G. Forrester: Geo-Political Parallelism Between Mongolia and Germany and the Finns of Finland
Re: TR-40: Canada, Finland, and Ireland
Ten Tribes Tribal Report
#3. Question on Mixed origins, Israelite Ancestry, and Finland
http://www.britam.org/TR/TR40.html#Question


Hi Yair the following is an excerpt from your latest mail

We understand that most of the Finns came from the east and entered Finland at a late date. Previously they had been in Central Asia and the surrounding areas that indeed border on Mongolia and whose cultural background may have parallels in Japan.

As I have mentioned in my notes to you in the past it can be shown that the world has four geographically similar regions. In theory  this mean there are four regions across the globe that correspond to Britain , France, Israel etc, etc. In the case of Mongolia it can be shown that it's capital Ulan Batur is the geographic equivalent of Berlin, Germany . It is quite probable that a Germanic tribe could have once lived there or that the German nation might have originated there. It is therefore quite possible for the Finns to live in a region north east of Ulan Batur / Berlin as they presently do in Europe today. The original Finnish homeland would then have been in western Russia . The fraternal ties between Germany and Japan would could well have developed from this era when they were once close neighbors .

Shalom
G Forrester.



3. Brit-Am Efforts are Appreciated!
Shalom Yair,
Thank you so much for all the work you do through blood, sweat, and tears, to inform and draw together the Ten Tribes.
This goal has been heavy on my heart for many years and I speak of it to whomever I feel might be open to it.

You and Jerusalem and the House of Judah and the House of Israel are in my prayers.
May HaShem bless you abundantly.

With great thanks and appreciation.
J.
WA, USA.




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