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What Should the Ten Tribes Do?

Different Views and Outlooks
followed by Brit-Am Appraisals.
(1. The Brit-Am View.
(2. The Ephraimite-Jewish View.
(3. The Ephraimite-Christian View.
(4. The Jewish Orthodox View.
(5. More Articles in Preparation by Involved Ephraimite and Jewish Personages.

Reactions and Comments
with Brit-Am Replies:

Brit-Am Reply:
At First only a Minority from the Ten Tribes Returns
and Attaches Itself to Judah!

John R. Salverda: The Ten Tribes are Christian! What is Judah prepared to do about it?
Brit-Am Reply:
What is Joseph Prepared to do for Brit-Am
Conciliation and Tolerance: Reply by John Salverda


Brit-Am is primarily concerned with proving who the Lost Ten Tribes are today. This to our mind is what Brit-Am has to do.
It is the Mandate of Brit-Am.
It is what we can do and must do.
It is probably the most important task for us and for others like us.
We are not receiving sufficient support in our efforts.
Those who agree with us in principle seem to feel that there is no further need for it.
It is as if the fact that they themselves are convinced makes additional research and propagation of this knowledge superfluous!
Such is not the case!
Descendants of Israel from the Ten Tribes and from Judah who agree with Brit-Am, as to who the Ten Tribes are, should assist Brit-Am however they can.
Brit-Am for its part is prepared to put nearly every other consideration aside apart from this.
The Knowledge needs to be spread.
Descendants of Israel need to be supportive of Judah and the State of Israel and also Patriotically Dedicated to their own Tribes.
Belief in the Bible is imperative but the details are not the concern of Brit-Am.
We will speak more on this subject later.

Despite the above, we find ourselves constantly assailed by questions and queries and various propositions regarding what should by done by self-aware Israelites in the immediate sense on a practical level.
Evidently there may be a strong need for discussion on this issue.
We are therefore presenting a series of articles on the subject presenting various points of view.
[ Brit-Am is taking something of a risk over these presentations since some of what is said may be offensives to certain circles and we have little to gain by it. Nevertheless this is evidently what the public requires so for the time being we are going ahead.]

Different Views and Outlooks followed by Brit-Am Appraisals.
The different outlooks involved are the following:

1. The Brit-Am View.
Know who you are! Be aware of our ancestry!
Knowledge is power and the way to the Truth. We need to know more. We also need to spread what knowledge we now have to others: To involve others and bring our information to as many as possible. Once this process gets under way many unanswered questions will begin to sort themselves out.
If one is seriously concerned about this issue then it should be shown through support on this issue.

Are the Ten Tribes Like Ethiopians????

What About Joseph Knowing as Well?
Brit-Am in effect says that before worrying about being accepted or not accepted by Judah, those amongst Joseph who are aware of their ancestry (i.e. "Ephraimites" and others) should be concerned with more of Joseph also knowing as they do. Judah too should receive the information in acceptable presentation such as that which Brit-Am can make available..
Once more of Joseph is aware and Judah is also informed, and interested, other matters will automatically come up for consideration!!!
All this seems obvious to us but others prefer to make themselves oblivious to it! Perhaps sub-consciously they are looking for an excuse not to really do anything about it? Is that why support for Brit-Am is not as forthcoming as we feel it should be?

Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes, Appraisal of no.1. The Brit-Am View.
Brit-Am is in principle correct but many seem to think differently.
It appears that an instinctive awareness of Israelite Identity is widespread. Brit-Am provides a rationalisation for the instinct. A need however is felt for something beyond that.

Nevertheless, a widespread appreciation and understanding of the matter would seem impossible without the Brit-Am approach or something like it.

2. The Ephraimite-Jewish View.
The Ten Tribes need to know who they are and to return with Repentance to the Almighty God of Israel. They should do this adopting Biblical Practices and learning from Jewish and Noachide Mentors.
"Arouse Yourself O Israel!" by Avigdor.

Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes, Appraisal of no.2. The Ephraimite-Jewish View.
Read the article by Avigdor.
Avigdor may be correct but this is probably not the right moment and his advice may not be suitable in every case.

3. The Ephraimite-Christian View.
Ephraimites should return to the Torah and keep Torah Laws to some degree.
They should present themselves to Judah in such a way that Judah will accept them as they are.
Ephraimite communities should perhaps in the future be set up in Israel alongside those of Judah.
In the meantime Judah should accept Ephraim as his lost brother.
Epjhraimites should retain belief in the Christian Messiah.
They should not missionize to Judah.
Judah should not seek to proselytize Ephraimites to Judaism.
by Eddie Chumney

Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes, Appraisal of no.3. The Ephraimite-Christian View.
Read the article by Eddie Chumney.
The article is divided into two. The first section comprises a quotation from Rabbinical Jewish Sources concerning the Ten Tribes.
The second part expresses opionions and suggestions from the writer. The views of Eddie are worth reading. To our mind there appears to be a lack of Biblical Referencing for some of the otherwise far-reaching principles enunciated.

4. The Jewish Orthodox View.
Many of the true supporters of Israel are Evangelical Christians. This support is highly valued. Some elements amongst the National Religious Sector in Israel might under certain circumstances be prepared to countenance an Ephraimite-Christian Presence alongside them if they were assured that no missionary activities would be involved. We doubt however that anything substantial will emerge from this UNLESS the Brit-Am position is emphasized.

The Ultra-Orthodox position would be NOT so conciliatory. It would probably be something along the following lines.

# No inter-faith dialogue is possible. Each body should keep to itself. Reconciliation and Re-Unification may be left to the Messiah to resolve. In the meantime we all need to get by as well as we can as we are.

# Knowledge as to who the Ten Tribes are today is worth acquiring but not necessarily acting upon without the sanction of a great Sage or Prophet.

# If they who claim to be from the Ten Tribes are genuine they will convert to Judaism or at least indicate a desire to do so.

# Conversion, if it takes place, could be along two different pathways:
a. As individuals. Thousands of descendants of the Lost Tribes (according to Brit-Am definition) have already converted to Judaism and continue to do so. They are considered the best converts but even they often suffer from adjustment problems and difficulties. Even after a strict vetting process and a lengthy rigmarole to weed out the insincere and unsuitable only ca. 15% remain religious. Many Rabbis are not happy with this. Some have had bad experiences and would rather not be involved any more with such cases.

b. In groups. Precedents have been set by the so-called Bnei-Menashe from Burma and other groups. These peoples are not really descended from the Ten Tribes but they claim to be. A few hundred were afforded preferential treatment that might be extended to genuine Israelites if these were to present themselves as a group. The Preferential Treatment included a shortened easier conversion course; assistance in housing and finding employment both before and after the conversion; assisted settlement in their own neighborhood communities in existing settlements in Judah and Samaria.  All this (and more) may be considered a Precedent that could be followed up on.

Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes, Appraisal of no.4. The Jewish Orthodox View.
For lasting worthwhile effect the only choice is to reach out to the Jewish Orthodox. At present this is not practical to a great degree. We therefore do what we can as we can and trust in Divine Providence.

5. More Articles in Preparation by Involved Ephraimite and Jewish Personages.

Details will follow if and when the articles become available.

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by Eddie Chumney.

"Arouse Yourself O Israel!" by Avigdor.


Reactions and Comments
with Brit-Am Replies.
From: John R. Salverda
followed by Brit-Am Answer.
Re What Should Judah Do?

I refer you to Jeremiah 3:6-16

6   The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Hast thou seen that which backsliding Israel hath done? she is gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there hath played the harlot.

7   And I said after she had done all these things, Turn thou unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.

8   And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.

9   And it came to pass through the lightness of her whoredom, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with stocks.

10   And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.

11   And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel hath justified herself more than treacherous Judah.

12   Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; and I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, saith the LORD, and I will not keep anger for ever.

13   Only acknowledge thine iniquity, that thou hast transgressed against the LORD thy God, and hast scattered thy ways to the strangers under every green tree, and ye have not obeyed my voice, saith the LORD.

14   Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion:

15   And I will give you pastors according to mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.

16   And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.

-John R. Salverda

Brit-Am Reply:
At First only a Minority from the Ten Tribes Returns and Attaches Itself to Judah!

Go to the Brit-Am Commentary to Jeremiah chapter three.
In fact we urge we anyone with a Biblical Question or Query especially when directed to us to first read what we have written in our on-line Brit-Am Biblical Commentaries.
The chapter should be considered as one whole.
In the days of Kings Josiah (Jeremiah 3:6) Judah had sinned.
Judah had seen how northern Israel had been exiled and divorced (3:8) for their sins but Judah still kept sinning herself.
The exiles of Israel were in some ways even better than Judah had now become (3:11).
The rest of the chapter continues and predicts the eventual return of northern Israel.
A minority (one of a city, two of a family, 3:14) of them will come to Zion i.e. re-unite with Judah.
Eventually Judah will call upon the Ten Tribes to return (3:18).
The Ten Tribes will then come back as one whole.
We may perhaps see a progression here:
At first a minority of individuals return and attach themselves in effect to Judah in Zion (Jerusalem).
Later the whole body of the Ten Tribes come back.
We shall all be ashamed of our sins and repent (3:25).

The Ten Tribes are Christian!
What is Judah prepared to do about it?
From: John R. Salverda
followed by Brit-Am Answer.
Re What Should Judah Do?

[A Brit-Am Rely follows this article.]

Re: What Should the Ten Tribes Do?

Dear Jair (Yair),

Of course I do not propose to speak for the Ten Tribes, or all of Christendom, and you know that my thoughts are not what you would consider to be "conventional." However, I do have a certain understanding of Christianity and a fair knowledge of the Old Testament. I only can speak from my own individual beliefs. I am neither an evangelist nor a proselytizer, although I do admit a desire to persuade others to my individual point of view, it is certainly not the view of any organized religious group. (I think that I am safe in assuming that nobody believes the things that I do.) I hope that you are not put off with a frank and open opinion, I think that such a discussion is the only way to reconcile differences.

You had said, in your reply to me, "In the days of Kings Josiah (Jeremiah 3:6) Judah had sinned." Those sins, I submit, were the sins of Israel not the sins of Judah. It's a minor point and I only bring it up because I was under the opinion that the Kingdom of Judah, in the days of King Josiah, was the most enlightened that it had been since the days of King David.

2-Kings 22:8-13

8   And
Hilkiah the high priest said unto Shaphan the scribe, I have found the book of the law in the house of the LORD. And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.

9   And
Shaphan the scribe came to the king (Josiah), and brought the king word again, and said, Thy servants have gathered the money that was found in the house, and have delivered it into the hand of them that do the work, that have the oversight of the house of the LORD.

10   And
Shaphan the scribe shewed the king, saying, Hilkiah the priest hath delivered me a book. And Shaphan read it before the king.

11   And it came to pass, when the king had heard the words of the book of the law, that he rent his clothes.

12   And the king commanded
Hilkiah the priest, and Ahikam the son of Shaphan, and Achbor the son of Michaiah, and Shaphan the scribe, and Asahiah a servant of the king's, saying,

13   Go ye, enquire of the LORD for me, and for the people, and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that is found: for great is the wrath of the LORD that is kindled against us, because our fathers have not hearkened unto the words of this book, to do according unto all that which is written concerning us.

Unfortunately the reforms of the good King Josiah were transitory and half hearted (JER 3:10 "And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah hath not turned unto me with her whole heart, but feignedly, saith the LORD.") Jeremiah condemned, even the "reformed" Judah as worse than exiled Israel, so you can imagine the condition of Judah over the previous 350 years. Judah was guilty of the same sins as was Israel and even more so because they saw what had happened to Israel and still did not repent.

I was under the impression that the only reason that Judah was not likewise exiled along with Israel, was in order to maintain the Davidic pedigree of the Messiah (for the sake of my servant David). It is therefore noteworthy that the Temple and the Kingdom of Judah was eventually forsaken as well, but not until the Christian Messiah (whose claim to his descent from David could be proved at the time by records kept in the Temple) had come and the concept of Christianity had firmly taken hold (70 AD.).

JER 16:10-15

10   And it shall come to pass, when thou
shalt shew this people all these words, and they shall say unto thee, Wherefore hath the LORD pronounced all this great evil against us? or what is our iniquity? or what is our sin that we have committed against the LORD our God?

11   Then
shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;

12   And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:

13   Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not
shew you favour.

14   Therefore, behold, the days come,
saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

15   But, The LORD
liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

See how the old ways, which are still clung to by Judah, are downplayed in favor of the new ways, the ways of those "children of Israel" (Christendom?). See Jeremiah 3:16   "And it shall come to pass, when ye be multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, saith the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more."

JER 23:1-8

1   Woe be unto the pastors that destroy and scatter the sheep of my pasture!
saith the LORD.

2   Therefore thus
saith the LORD God of Israel against the pastors that feed my people; Ye have scattered my flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the LORD.

3   And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

4   And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking,
saith the LORD.

5   Behold, the days come,
saith the LORD, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute judgment and justice in the earth.

6   In his days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely: and this is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.

7   Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

8   But, The LORD
liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

I have always thought that Christianity (as outlined by the Christian Messiah in the New Testament) was the new covenant spoken of by the prophets, who were incidentally rejected by the house of Judah.

JER 31:31-33 

31   Behold, the days come,
saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32   Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them,
saith the LORD:

33   But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days,
saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

You often emphasize the point that it is the "Western" nations who are to be regarded as the descendants of the "lost" Israelites. Surely it has not escaped your notice that these are the "Christian" nations as well. In fact I suppose that their acceptance of Christianity is the best proof we have that these Western nations are the lost Israelites, and that you are correct in your assumption. Remember the prophecy of Isaiah, "And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD;? And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. ? And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth." (Isaiah 11:1,2,10 and 12). History is clear, it has been the job of Christianity to re-gather the lost Israelites. This is being done under the "ensign," or standard of the "lifted up" root of Jesse, known to Christians as the crucifix, the well known symbol of Christianity. The hand of the ALL MIGHTY is obvious in this enterprise, and it logically follows that the role of the Christian Messiah is unmistakable. No?

I do not accept the (Judean) notion that, so called "Greco-Roman" Christianity, is the pagan worship that the Ten Tribes were condemned to live under during their exile. The pagan worship that is Scripturally referred to in the days of Jeremiah was clearly the worship of Zeus and Odin and the like, that was paganism, not Christianity. I think of Christianity as the divinely authorized correction of Judaism, and the method by which God is collecting those whom He has scattered. It was largely rejected by Judah it is true, however Christianity's main goal was to re-gather the lost sheep of the house of Israel among whom it has flourished. Christians proclaim the God of Israel, and Christianity has taken the Ten Tribes away from their condemned paganism of Zeus and Odin in a large step toward the true worship in this regard (Isaiah 11:10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.). Christians largely back the Jewish people in their homeland and long for the arrival of New Jerusalem and the Temple. Now, I don't mean to say that the Ten Tribes have become perfected, far from it, only that they have come a long way toward a return to God through the mechanism of Christianity. I do not place the entire responsibility for reconciliation with Judah upon the Ten Tribes. Therefore I want to know; What do you think that Judah is prepared to do to affect our reconciliation?

Brit-Am Reply:
What is Joseph Prepared to do for Brit-Am?

We do not wish to turn this discussion into an inter-faith dialogue. You can believe what you like as far as Brit-Am is concerned.
Rabbi Daniel Lapin once made a famous comment:

# For me personally, it bothers me not at all that many of my Christian friends believe I am headed to hell.  Frankly I am deeply grateful to be living among such wonderful Christian neighbors who do absolutely nothing to accelerate my arrival there. #

We will answer some of your points but we also reserve the right to cut this whole dialogue short if we think it digresses too much from what we want to discuss.

We understand that Judah was not exiled and lost in the same way as the Ten Tribes were is because Judah was too keep the Law.
This is the whole purpose of Creation.
This is also the PRIMARY PURPOSE for the existence of Israel, "a kingdom of priests, a holy nation" (Deuteronomy 33:4)!
Brit-Am teaches that the nation of Israel was given two main tasks:
a. To Keep the Torah and Commandments and study and develop them.
b. Through example, influence, and coercion to uplift the rest of humanity while evolving themselves as viable righteous polities.
For historical reasons it proved impossible (as explained by Rabbi Abraham HaCohen Kook) for the two tasks to be fulfilled by the one entity. Consequently the nation of Israel split in two with each half receiving one of the two tasks.
The Divine Purpose for the Exile and Division of the Tribes

The Purpose of Exile and Loss of Identity.

Geneaology of the Blessings to Israel.

Re-Unification will take place when the separate tasks have reached some degree of fulfillment (as in the present) and when a need is felt by each half to participate in its own right in the task of the other. Such is the situation at present, to some degree.
The New Covenant of Jeremiah 31:31-33 seems to involve a change ("a new heart") in human nature. We may be drawing closer to this goal but do not seem to have yet reached it.
It is true that we emphasize the "Western Nations" as being the Ten Tribes.
We also recognize the fact that the people in question as "Christians".
To our mind this is one of many proofs that they belong to the Ten Tribes. Christianity is a tool of Divine Providence through which the Ten Tribes may draw closer to the truth until the Time of Redemption arrives.
Notsrim-Christian in Religion.
This is one of the reasons why Brit-Am feels it should not have to argue with Christians about their faith.
It does not mean that we have to agree with Christianity but we may tolerate it  amongst Gentiles.
We do emphasize the ethnic aspect.
We seek ancestral instinct aroused by Religious Knowledge embodied in Lost Israelite Peoples.

You asked:
What do you think that Judah is prepared to do to affect our reconciliation?

You speak of reconciliation as a subject for discussion.
Reconciliate with who?
Who knows who the Ten Tribes are apart from Brit-Am and a few others?
Brit-Am uses Scriptural Truths from the Hebrew Bible supplemented by secular studies some of which you yourself (John Salverda) have contributed towards.
These proofs are convincing and have proven effectability.
They need to be propagated, improved upon by further research, and supported.
Ephraimites often rely upon evidence taken mainly from the New Testament. This is not going to convince Judah. It is also not accepted by most of the Ten Tribes either.

In reply to your question:

We cannot say what Judah is prepared to do since Judah (on the whole) is not yet even aware of the question.

Neither is Joseph or the Ten Tribes in general.

How many are aware that any reconciliation is needed?

Reconciliation for what?

How can we logically discuss reunification when most do not know that there ever was any unification in the first place?

What are Joseph, Ephraimites, Ten Tribers, etc, prepared to do to help Brit-Am spread the message so that questions such as your own may even be considered by anybody???

What is Joseph Prepared to do for Brit-Am?
By Helping Brit-Am the Ten Tribes will be Helping Themselves!
Conciliation and Tolerance: Reply by John Salverda
Dear Jair [Yair],

I like your response, especially the part that says that you, while not agreeing with Christianity, may tolerate it. I think that is true both from Judah toward Israel and visa versa. I see toleration of the traditions of each other as the only way to proceed to reunification (more bacon for me, more lamb for you). I am reminded of the weekend, see how in changing the Sabbath to Sunday we were careful not to make Saturday a workday? We keep both days as days of rest, may we find similar compromises between us.

I sometimes feel the need (a knee-jerk reaction I'm afraid) to defend Brit-Am's Christian readers (I know that there are many) from the Idea that Christianity is a form of the Idolatry, that God has allowed them to be deceived by, in their (Israel's) exile. And that their only hope is to become Torah observant. Both group have faults that we need to work on, by "reconciliation" I mean with God, not with each other.

I appreciate your reluctance to argue with Christians about their faith, and will do my best, in future, to observe the precept. I am heartfully sorry for provoking this argument and I now realize, better, your intentions in this regard.

I am satisfied with your answer (tolerance), you have met hard words with soft ones and done good.

In the spirit of Christmas I sincerely hope you enjoy a happy Chanukah. Peace be to you, and yours.
-John R. Salverda

Reply by Yair Davidiy:
After such a nice letter it feels a little unpleasant to try and have the last word but here goes:
We are not engaging in religious dialogue because our Mandate prevents us from doing so.
Brit-Am has an obligation to spread knowledge of Israelite Ancestry. Other matters must wait for another time, possibly the Messianic Era.
We do not agree with Christianity but recognize it has a role to play for non-Jews and it is not the task of Brit-Am to interfere with this. Neither is Brit-Am to be interfered with. Consider the situation an Armed Truce while we deal with common issues important to all of us.

We repeat:
Once the information concerning Israelite Identity from the Brit-Am perspective becomes more widely known about and accepted many other matters may be seriously considered. Until then such considerations are liable to be counter-productive.
It could be that spreading this Brit-Am knowledge is what all Israel really needs at present.
Will you insist on not helping Brit-Am?
Will you not answer the call at this time of Israelite need?