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Brit-Am Now no. 1591
Movement of the Ten Tribes of Israel.

27 October 2010, 19 Cheshvan 5771.
Contents:
1. New Article.
Sex, Women, and the Bible
2. Answer to Question by Geoff Neilson About the Future Borders of the Holy Land.
3. Arabs Confirm Brit-Am Commentary of the Name
Mahomed!!!

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1. New Article.
Sex, Women, and the Bible

http://www.britam.org/women.html

Thomas Malloy  wrote:
Is their any basis in Judaism for this?
Hebrew Priestess
http://www.tcdailyplanet.net/
news/2010/10/11/hebrew-priestess

This article speaks of  a woman who describes herself as Jewish, a Lesbian, and a Priestess.
We began to write an answer (even though this is not our sphere) and consequentially a new article developed:

Sex, Women, and the Bible.
http://www.britam.org/women.html
Contents:
Introduction
Deviations: Homosexuality, Lesbianism, Masturbation
Female Leadership and Initiative
Transvestism Forbidden. Women in the Military
Women and Their
Menfolk
The Biblical Paradox: Self-Esteem.
Women and the Ten Tribes
Conclusion: Make it Better through Scripture


Extract:
The Daughters of Israel played an important role in Delivering the Hebrews from Egypt.
Will they do the same for the Return of the Ten Tribes?



2. Answer to Question by Geoff Neilson About the Future Borders of the Holy Land.
Subject: Question for Yair
Hi Yair:

What is your understanding of the extent of territory that the 12 Tibes of Israel will occupy when Messiah returns them to the Promised Land? Can you state this in terms of modern day geographical places, boundaries, or latitudes and longitudes?
And does is your view the same as that of Orthodox Judaism? If not, can you state this view.
Thanks,

Geoff




The Biblical Borders of the Land of Israel


Brit-Am Reply:
The future borders at the time of the Messiah are unknown.
Ezekiel ch.47 gives some indication.
We can tell you what the borders of the Promised Land were in our opinion.
Indications are that in the Messianic Age these borders will serve as starting off points for Greater Israel.
See:
The Land of Israel
http://www.britam.org/Questions/
QuesLand.html#Boundaries

#3. Question: What Are the Boundaries of the Promised Land According to the Bible?

These borders include all of present-day Israel with Judah and Samaria in addition to Cyprus, Egypt east of the Nile, Sinai, Northwest Saudia Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, southeast Turkey, parts of West Iraq.

You asked:
# And  is your view the same as that of Orthodox Judaism' If not, can you state this view? #
 
Our view is that of the view in the light of Orthodox Jewish Commentators and as confirmed by archaeological finds.

Not all Orthodox Jewish Commentators would agree with our interpretations.
Most of them depict borders that are much much less expansive.
There are however those that go even further than we do.

For more discussion of the sources and different opinions see the English-language Artscroll
Commentary to the Book of Ezekiel.

Apart from that here are a few points of possible relevance.

Rabbinical Re-Institution of the Borders.
The Land of Israel was given together with commandments to give tithes of agricultural produce, sabbatical years of non-production, and jubilee years of returning lands to their ancestral owners.
These laws were tied together. They were contingent on the Jubilee Year and all the Tribes being on their land.
With the exile of Reuben, Gad, and Half-Manasseh (east of the Jordan) and after that the rest of the Ten tribes
the Jubilee Year was no longer applicable so none of the other laws were obligatory either. Nevertheless some degree of observance of these laws continued.
Later the Jews lead by Ezra and Nehemiah returned from Babylonian Exile.
The Sages re-instituted all of the above laws apart from that of Jubilee.
They had the authority to make their laws the same as those of the Torah but deliberately refrained from doing so.
This makes the application of such laws more lenient in extenuating circumstances and also means a lower penalty in the eyes of Heaven if they are transgressed.
The Sages did not make the Laws applicable over all the Land of Israel.
They deliberately left some areas out. This was in order that in the Sabbatical Years (when working the land is forbidden) there would still be nearby regions  where the Laws did not apply and produce could be grown.
Rabbinical Commentators (e.g. Radbaz) EMPHASIZE the areas where the Laws were re-applied have nothing to do with the Holiness of the Land according to the Torah.


Biblical Gradations
Abraham was promised the Lands of Ten Canaanite Nations (Genesis 15:19-21).
Later this was reduced to seven.
In the future the other three lands will also be given to Israel.
The Israelites were commanded to conquer all the Land of Canaan.
They did so and the Land was divided amongst the Tribes.
Later they extended their conquests towards the east and a further partial re-division took place (Malbim).
The Israelites were supposed to drive out the non-Israelite inhabitants of the Land. This they only did
partially.
The Land was also supposed to be conquered and possessed in a certain order.
First the area of Jerusalem, then the region west of the Jordan, then east of Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, and outwards.
This also was not how things were done in the Time of Joshua and the Judges and the early Kings.
because it was not done in  the correct order problems occurred.

At a later date we hope to write more in detail on this matter.


Ten Tribe Areas
When the Ten Tribes return they may do so from Matsor meaning the Northern Kurdish Region
and Western Iraq. The US and Allied Presence in that region from the First Gulf War and even more so from the second
may be a beginning.
See:
The Return  of Ephraim
 http://britam.org/USAMatsor.html

The Prophet Micah in chapter seven predicted the return of the Lost Ten Tribes:
Micah 7:
11 In the day when your walls are to be built,
      In that day the decree shall go far and
wide.[a]
[a] NKJV. Micah 7:11 Or the boundary shall be extended

12 In that day they[b] shall come to you
      From Assyria and the fortified cities

[The Exiles (of the Ten Tribes) will return to you. Targum Yehonatan.]
      From the fortress [Hebrew Matsor i.e. Northern Kurdistan]] to the River,[ Euphrates]
      From sea to sea,

[From the sea in the far west to the western Sea that borders the Land of Israel [Me'am Loez]
      And mountain to mountain.
[From the ends of the earth to the Mountain where the land of Israel begins...the Ten Tribes will come to them. Me'am Loez]
...
    14 Shepherd Your people with Your staff,

Your staff. Hebrew "be-shifteca" a play on words.

"shifteca can also denote "your tribes"
The expression is also understandable as saying:
Shepherd Your people by determining their Tribes.

      The flock of Your heritage,
      Who dwell solitarily in a woodland,
      In the midst of Carmel;


[Carmel. Means a rich pasture. Nowadays "Carmel" is a term for the region around Haifa on the coast but in Scripture it could apply to all Israel.
      Let them feed in Bashan [East of the Jordan, Syria] and Gilead [Jordan and Syria],
      As in days of old.

       15 ' As in the days when you came out of the land of Egypt, I will show him [i.e. I
srael] wonders.

Zechariah 10:10 says that Ephraim will possess Lebanon and Gilead meaning Lebanon and Syria! These areas actually also include parts of Turkey and Iraq.

The Region of Samaria and the Mountain of Ephraim will also at a later date receive settlers from the Ten Tribes.
There will be representatives from the Ten Tribes amongst the settlers in Jerusalem especially in the Mount Zion area.




3. Arabs Confirm Brit-Am Commentary of the Name Mahomed!!!
In our article,

The Muslim Madness
and Predicted Terror Attacks Against Ephraim
http://britam.org/hosea9.html#Article

We explained Hosea 9:6-7 as speaking of Mohamed, Islam, and referring to the predicted Arab Terrorism and Treachery towards Ephraim meaning Britain, the offshoots of Britain, and the USA.

FOR, LO, THEY ARE GONE BECAUSE OF DESTRUCTION: EGYPT SHALL GATHER THEM UP, MEMPHIS SHALL BURY THEM: THE PLEASANT PLACES [Hebrew "Machmad" i.e. Mohammed] FOR THEIR SILVER, NETTLES SHALL POSSESS THEM: THORNS SHALL BE IN THEIR TABERNACLES [Hosea 9:6].
            "THE DAYS OF VISITATION HAVE ARRIVED, THE DAYS OF PAYMENT HAVE COME, ISRAEL SHALL KNOW, THE PROPHET IS EVIL, MAD [Hebrew: "Meshuga"]! A MAN OF SPIRIT BECAUSE OF YOUR TRANSGRESSION AND OF GREAT HATRED (Hosea 9:7):

Brit-Am examines the Bible and follows the Literal meaning.
The Sages said that the Literal meaning always remains applicable.
We are not saying that the verses were primarily intended to refer to Islam and Mohamed.
Such an interpretation however may be a legitimate secondary application.

The Bible can have manifold applications. Everything that happens is to be found in Scripture.

We interpreted the Hebrew word "Machmad" (translated as "Pleasant") as the word for Mohamed.
This is how it may (but usually is not) be pronounced in Hebrew and Arabic. This fits the context in Hosea 9:6-7 and other words in the passage. It is a possibility.
Hosea was warning Ephraim against the Powers of Islam.

Only in Hosea 9:7 throughout the whole Bible does the word "Machmad" in the singular to be found.

In a few other places similar words but in the plural also turn up.
They are not really appropriate to Mohamed but someone may have interpreted them that way.

The reference below is actually a rather confused account of what the Arabs said and the Arabs were probably already confused when they said it!

The Scriptural references they claim to refer to Mohamed do not really fit BUT they do agree that "Machmad" can mean Mahomed!



Algerian Paper Claims Torah Scroll Includes Name of Mohammed
 
http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/
News.aspx/140131'sms_ss=twitter&at_xt
=4cbc20c066fafaad,0

by
Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu

Extracts:

A new Muslim claim surpasses all boundaries: an Algerian paper reports that an old Torah scroll found near Temple Mount includes the name of Mohammed. However, the reporter apparently has mixed up his understanding of "scrolls" and Hebrew adjectives.
 
However, it turns out that
Buray's supposed citing of the term "Mohammed" is not from the Torah,the Five Books of Moses, but is from the Song of Solomon, one of the five "scrolls" in the section of the Bible commonly referred to as "Writings,"  and is actually the corruption of a Hebrew adjective....

Buray's claim duplicates another report he filed several weeks ago that a documentary film in Britain confirms scientific proof that Mohammed's name appears in the Hebrew adjective 'makhmad,' meaning "lovely' or 'delightful.' This adjective appears in the Song of Songs and in later Jewish poetry, and the name Mohammed may be based on it.

Undaunted by the Hebrew phrase, he explained that the 'distorted' Hebrew version is from the eighth century and that it replaced the name "Mohammed' with '
makhmad.'
.... His [i.e.
Buray's
] allegations follows Muslim allegations over the last several years that the "binding of Isaac,' as described in the Torah, actually refers to Ishmael, the son of Abraham and Sarah's maidservant Hagar. The Arab world has followed this up with assertions that the First and Second Holy Temples never existed. They also claim that the Western Wall, the remaining outer wall surrounding the ancient Temple courtyard, really was a hitching post for the horse of the prophet Mohammed.





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