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Brit-Am Now no. 1737.
Movement of the Ten Tribes of Israel.
22 August 2011, 22 Av 5771.

1. Rabbi Fishel Mael: New Articles. The Israelite Tribes - Introduction.
The Importance of the Tribes.
2. Remarks on the Jubilee Year: All the Tribes are Needed!
3. Brit-Am Health Under Siege?


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1. Rabbi Fishel Mael: New Articles.
The Israelite Tribes
Selected Essays Based on the Work of Fishel Mael.
Adapted by Brit-Am.
Introduction - Contents.

The Importance of the Tribes.
[Based on the work ("Shivtei Yisrael") of Rabbi Fishel Mael.]

2. Remarks on the Jubilee Year: All the Tribes are Needed!
a. Extracts from Wikipedia.
b. Extracts from "When is the next Jubilee year?" by Baruch S. Davidson.
c. Brit-Am Comments.

a. Extracts from Wikipedia.
Jubilee (biblical)

The Jubilee (Hebrew Yov-el ) year is the year at the end of seven cycles of Sabbatical years (Hebrew Shmita), and according to Biblical regulations had a special impact on the ownership and management of land in the territory of the kingdoms of Israel and of Judah; there is some debate whether it was the 49th year (the last year of seven sabbatical cycles, referred to as the Sabbath's Sabbath), or whether it was the following 50th year. The English term Jubilee derives from the Hebrew term yobel..., which in turn derives from yobhel, meaning ram;[1] the Jubilee year was announced by a blast on an instrument made from a ram's horn called a shofar, during that year's Yom Kippur.[2]..The biblical rules concerning Sabbatical years (shmita) are still observed by many religious Jews in the State of Israel, but the regulations for the Jubilee year have not been observed for many centuries.

Leviticus 25:10
Consecrate the fiftieth year and proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof: it shall be a jubilee unto you - and you shall return every man unto his own clan, you shall return every man to his family.
Leviticus 25:23
The land must not be sold permanently, for the land belongs to me. You are only foreigners, my tenant farmers.
Leviticus 27:21
When the field reverts in the Jubilee year it shall become holy unto the LORD, as a field set apart; and it shall become owned by the priests."

b. When is the next Jubilee year?
By Baruch S. Davidson


According to biblical law, the Jubilee is only observed when all twelve tribes of the Jewish nation are living in Israel, as is derived from the verse,1 'And you shall sanctify the fiftieth year, and proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live on it,' which implies that the Jubilee is only sanctified when 'all who live on it', meaning, all who are meant to be living there, are in the Land of Israel. Furthermore, the Jubilee is only observed when every tribe is living in the specific part of the land which was it was allotted when the Land of Israel was divided. However, some are of the opinion that the Jubilee is observed as long as there is a partial representation of each tribe, even if most of the tribe is not in Israel.

In the 6th century BCE, the Assyrians conquered the Northern Kingdom of Israel and sent the majority of its population into exile. Those who were deported are historically known as the Ten Lost Tribes.

We are certain that before that point in time the Jubilee was regularly observed. We also know that, with the destruction of the Second Temple and the disbandment of the Sanhedrin (supreme rabbinical court), we ceased to mark the Jubilee year in any form. The periods about which there is a question are the remaining years between the exile of the Ten Tribes and the destruction of the First Temple, and the Second Temple Era.

According to the opinion that partial representation of each tribe is sufficient to fulfill the scriptural requirement, biblically mandated Jubilees were fully observed throughout the periods in question, because there remained a small representation of each tribe in Israel.

c. Brit-Am Comments:
The Jubilee year is linked to the Shemittah (Sabbatical Year Cycle) in which every seven years the land would lie fallow.
& times 7 is 49. On the fiftieth year would be a Jubilee. The next cycle would either begin after the fiftieth year or include it as its first year. There is a debate on the matter. See the above quoted article by  Baruch S. Davidson for more details.
We are no longer obliged by the Jubilee Year because not all the Israelite Tribes are in the Land of Israel in their Tribal inheritances, or even (according to another opinion) in  only part of them.
Many opinions say that according to the strict Torah Law the same should apply to the Shemittah Year.
The Sages however according to the authority given them (Deuteronomy 17) re-instituted the Shemittah Year though according to some they did not need to since the Torah obligation still held.
 They did not re-institute the Jubilee. They assumed that the Jubilee Year is to be counted as the first year of the Shemitta cycle.                                           
The Messiah will do that

3. Brit-Am Health Under Siege?
Some years ago Yair Davidiy suffered from what for him was a serious gout attack.
see: [1-Kings 15:23]
Anyway after a long break the problem has returned with a vengeance. First one leg then the other.
 Chances are that the worst is behind us and the next few days will (God willing) see a healing.
It has already lasted for quite a while.
We are still working but at a lower level than usual.
Our usual high standards may have suffered a little.

Up until now we have been blessed with relatively good health.

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