The Hebrew text of "Beis Yisroel" where he expressly says that Israel is called "Gomer" and "Gomrim" especially in association with the essence of Joseph and Future Redemption.
Breishit-Genesis 47:28. VeYechi, 5710 (ca. 1950-51).
For explanation and commentary see the article below.

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GOMER is a Name of Israelites!
According to Rabbi Yisrael Alter ("Beis Yisroel"), Rabbi of of Gur!

The Ten Tribes after their Exile became associated with the groups of peoples known as the Kimmerians (Cimmerians). The Assyrians referred to these peoples as Gimmeri or Gameru. In Biblical Terms they were the Children  of Gomer. From out of the early Kimmerians emerged the Scythians and Goths. The Scythians were part of the Gimeri and were at times referred to as Gimeri even though they were also distinguished as a separate entity.
The Kimmerians themselves moved at an early date to Western Europe and merged with what became Celtic Civilization. The Cimbri in Scandinavia and the Cambri in Britain testify by their names to Cimmerian origins.
Wales in Welsh is Cymru (pronounced "Kamru"? meaning "Land of the Cymry") or sometimes spelt and pronounced as Gomru.
The Scythians and Goths who ALSO  had once been part of the Kimmerians moved west later and gave rise to the Scandinavian and some of the Germanic peoples.
Gomer was in fact one of the sons of Japhet (Genesis 10:2). Gomer (Hosea 1:2) was also the wife of Hosea whom the Prophet used as a simile for the House of Israel and whose three children  represented the Ten Tribes in Exile. Peoples identified in Talmudic sources as descended from Gomer of Japhet are placed in areas where these same sources state the Ten Tribes were to be found in.

We have shown how the Ten Tribes (or rather a major portion of them) amalgamated with Gomer of Japhet and became identified as part of them.

The Brit-Am Biblical Commentary to Hosea Chapter One.

In addition to this, there remains the fact that the name given by the Assyrians was probably in effect identical to that applied to the Cimmerians. Omri King of Israel was the father of King Ahab (1-Kings ch.16) who (according to Assyrian inscriptions) lead a confederation against Assyria and apparently defeated the Assyrians. This made an impression on the Assyrians who henceforth referred to the Israelites as "Beit-Khumri" (meaning "House of Omri") or simply as "Khumri".  The Hebrew name "Omri" begins with the letter "ayin" which sometimes may be pronounced as "Kh" or as "G", e.g. "Aza" in  Hebrew is transliterated as "Gaza".  We also have examples where we know the Assyrian "Kh" (as in Khumri" i.e. Omri) to have been pronounced as a "G". We thus have "Gumri" for Israel which in effect may be considered the same as "Gameri", etc,  which was the Assyrian name for the Cimmerians. The Assyrians continued to refer to the Israelites as "Beit-Khumri" and "Khumri" almost until the end and for long after the dynasty of Omri had been replaced.  This linguistic point has been known for almost two centuries and has been remarked upon frequently. Further research has confirmed it. The Israelites and the Cimmerians were therefore known by virtually the same name or by names that could quite feasibly have interchanged.
This does not necessarily prove that the Cimmerians and exiled Israelites were the same but it is of interest and HIGHLY PERTINENT. The very name that the Assyrians gave to the Cimmerians (Gameri) was the same, or almost the same, as the name given to Israelites from the Ten Tribes!

In addition, in the Babylonian tongue, also employed by the Assyrians, the name for Gimeri connoted "the Tribes".
Other names given to the Cimmerians are also of interest, e.g. "Outcasts" [i.e. Exiles] and Uman Manda (possibly meaning "People of Manasseh") and Amori ("Amorites" or "People from the Land of Canaan", a term also applied to Israelites.

The Cimmerians and their offshoots all mostly moved to the West and the Lost Ten Tribes were part of them.
In  Hebrew the Cimmerians are represented by Gomer who as we saw represents both groups from Japhet and from the Ten Tribes.

A newly discovered Rabbinical source of recent times but highly regarded in its own way appears to confirm our identification of Gomer with Israel.
A leading Rabbi said that the Israelites especially as associated with Joseph were known as Gomer and as Gomrim which may be translated as Gomerites!!!
This source needs to be studied, understood in the correct context, yet also re-applied in a Brit-Am sense as we are now about to explain.

First of all, Gomer in Hebrew may be understood as derived from the root "GMR" to finish, or complete.

Gomer was a woman of whoredoms whom the Prophet Hosea was commanded to marry as a symbol of the fate of the northern Kingdom of Israel.

Hosea 1:
2... Go, take yourself a wife of harlotry... For the land has committed great harlotry by departing from the LORD.
3 So he went and took
Gomer the daughter of Diblaim...

The Sages explained the name Gomer for the Loose woman to connote "finish off" since many were finishing off (i.e. ejaculating) inside her.
Abarbanel expounded on the name "Gomer" as meaning "finishing off" that the Kingdom of Israel would be finished and extinguished.

Gomer represented the northern Kingdom of the Ten Tribes.

Rabbi Yisrael Alter  (1895-1977) in his work "Beis Yisroel" wrote that the Children of Israel, especially as associated with Joseph, were known as Gomer.
The only people known elsewhere as Gomer were the Cimmerians and Scythians. This confirms our identification of the Ten Tribes with groups who were part of the Cimmerian confederation. The relevant extract from the "Beis Yisroel" is worth examining but first let us talk a little about who the author was and how Yair Davidiy came across the source.

Rabbi Yisrael Alter
Yisrael Alter, (1895 - 1977), also known as the Beis Yisroel [also known as "Bayit Yosrael" in modern Hebrew pronounciation] after the works he authored, was the fourth Rebbe of the Hasidic dynasty of Ger, a position he held from 1948 until 1977.

He escaped from Poland during the Holocaust and settled in Palestine during 1940. In 1945 he learnt that the Nazi regime had murdered his wife, daughter, son and grandchildren. He remarried but had no children.

Following the death of his father, Rabbi
Avraham Mordechai Alter, the third Rebbe of Ger, in 1948, he became a forceful leader of his growing followers in the Ger Hasidic movement, as well as became very active in the political life of the nascent State of Israel.

...His idea was to elevate every person to somehow become one level higher than his present state. There are countless stories from individuals (Hasidim and non-Hasidim) who met the
Rebbe, relating how he had a tremendous spiritual impact on them and how this strong impression will never leave them. What makes this even more impressive is that many of these encounters with the Rebbe were for a very short period of time.

A charismatic leader with a big heart, dynamic personality, quick wit and an unpredictable nature.

Yisrael became a powerful force within the Agudat Israel of Israel party and guided its work in the Israeli Knesset, concluding alliances with various other political parties to further the causes of Haredi Judaism in the Jewish state.

He died of cancer in 1977, leaving no heir. He was succeeded by his brother, Rabbi
Simcha Bunim Alter. #

Gur Hasidim
# Ger, or Gur (or Gerrer when used as an adjective) is a Hasidic dynasty originating from Ger, the Yiddish name of Gera Kalwaria, a small town in Poland.

Prior to the Holocaust, Ger was probably the largest and most important Hasidic group in Poland. Today it is one of the largest Hasidic dynasties in the world, along with the
Chabad-Lubavitch and Satmar dynasties. It is now based in Jerusalem. The rebbes who lead the movement have the family name of Alter. The founder of this group was Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter (1798-1866), known as the Chiddushei HaRim after his primary scholarly work by that title.

[The Hasidic Movement was founded by Israel
ben Eliezer (1698-1760) who became known as the "Master of the Good Name" (the "Baal Shem Tov").
Menachem Mendel Morgensztern of Kotzk, better known as the Kotzker Rebbe (1787-1859) was an early leader and set up a style of thought and conduct of his own. ]

After the death of the Kotzker Rebbe in 1859, the vast majority of his Hasidim chose Rabbi Yitzchak Meir Alter, the Kotzker Rebbe's brother-in-law and his closest disciple, as their new rebbe. ...then came Rabbi Chanokh Heynekh (died in 1870) and then Rabbi Yehudah Aryeh Leib (who became known posthumously as the Sfas Emes after the name of his book ), then Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter (known as the Imrei Emes)....

Almost all Gerrer Hasidim living in pre-war Europe (approximately 200,000 Hasidim) perished during the Holocaust. Rabbi Avraham Mordechai Alter, who managed to escape, set about the task of rebuilding the movement in the British Mandate of Palestine.

Under its post-war leaders, the movement began to flourish again. Presently, on major occasions such as
Shavuos, more than 12,000 Hasidim may gather in the main Gerrer beth midrash.

Large communities of
Gerrer Hasidim exist in Ashdod, Bnei Brak, Jerusalem, and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as in New York, Los Angeles, London, Antwerp, Zurich and Toronto. Several satellite communities have also been established in small towns in Israel, such as Arad in the Negev desert, Hatzor HaGlilit in the Galilee, Kiryat Harim Levin in Tel Aviv, Beit Shemesh and Kiryat Gat. Ger maintains a well-developed educational network of Talmud Torahs, yeshivas, and kollels, as well as Beis Yaakov schools for girls. Its leaders dominate the Agudat Israel religious movement and political party in Israel. #

The family of Yair Davidiy (founder of the Brit-Am, Movement of the Ten Tribes) had family friends who were Hasidei Gur. Yair also from time to time made use of the Commentary "Sefat Emet" ("Sfas Emes")  in his studies and references to this work may be found Brit-Am Biblical Commentaries and also in separate articles.

Joseph in the Eyes of the "Rebbe"

"Brit-Am Now"-1040
#7. Nancy: Looking for Source on Joseph and the Oral Law

In a Torah Library we had also come across other works of Hasidei Gur including the Imrei Emet and Beis Yisroel.

Yair Davidiy had met Rabbi Yisrael Alter (the "Beis Yisroel") in 1974 shortly after arriving in Israel. The Rabbi spoke to Yair in Hebrew or Yiddish (neither of which Yair understood) and we felt that we had received a blessing and as a result our family indeed was blessed.

Quite recently, Yair came across volumes of the work "Beis Yisroel" selling at a reasonable price and on an impulse bought them.
Yair purchased the books but neglected to read them, hoping to do so at a later date.

In early December 2010, we were walking with Eddie Chumney in Jerusalem. Eddie is a well-known prominent Ephraimite Minister. Eddie is against missionizing to Jews and has a long-standing intensive interest in Jewish matters.  Eddie Chumney is a personal friend of Yair Davidiy and a veteran supporter of Brit-Am.
Eddie and I had been invited for an evening Shabat meal at the home of Rabbi Avraham Feld. On the way the conversation turned to the Lost Ten Tribes and the subject of Gomer. We repeated most of what is written above but added that perhaps more confirming evidence is necessary.

As a result of the conversation Yair began to think of the matter. About two days later, late at night, Yair felt an urge to open up the "Beis Yisroel" and read it. This is not something he would normally have done. Opening the volume pertinent to the Weekly Torah Portion, Yair immediately came across a passage saying that the Children of Israel are called Gomer and Gomrim (i.e. Gomerites?) and are associated with Joseph!

In the extract below the Rabbi (who passed away in 1977) states matter-of-factly that the Children of Israel are known as Gomer and Gomerites!!! He links this name with Joseph and the Future Redemption of Judah and Joseph.

We shall quote this source and analyze it.

The "Bais Yisroel" was a great Rabbi. Some of these Rabbis at times achieve a degree of Divine Inspiration.
The extract below is probably taken from words spoken at a "Tish". This is a communal meal of the Hasidim usually on a late Shabat afternoon. The Rabbi at the "Tish" usually says a few words somehow or other linked to the weekly Torah Portion read that Shabat morning in the Synagogue. What is said at the Tish is usually extempore rather than strictly prepared. It will have been influenced by the audience present, recent events, communal exigencies, etc while still emanating from the inner wisdom and learning of the Rabbi. One (or more) of the audience will have trained themselves to memorize what is being said and after Shabat write it down. Obviously mistakes may occur. Something may have been misunderstood or a key word or phrase forgotten or for some other reason omitted. At some stage, all the "drashot" (Commentaries) going back several years (or decades) will be gathered together, receive some editing, and then published.

Here is the source (in free Translation):
VeYechi, 5710 (ca. 1950-51), # # Genesis 47:28. "And Jacob lived in the land of Egypt", hints that even in the Land of Egypt, Jacob gave life and vitality. This was the strength of Jacob. It also says, # Then Joseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, 'God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here' (Genesis 50:25)#. Jacob our Forefather produced an unpolluted lineage, "The Tribes of the LORD" (Psalms 122:4). Joseph the Righteous One was a Foundational Point of the World, all the world existed through his virtue and his observance of the Covenant [Sexual Morality].   The merit of both Jacob and Joseph gave existence to the Children of Israel.  Jacob gave life and vitality even in the Land of Egypt (Genesis 47:28). Joseph also gave of himself to Israel [as Joseph said] "and you shall carry up my bones from here" (Genesis 50:25).[The Hebrew word for "bones" has a double meaning connoting "self" i.e. You shall carry up something of myself with you]. So we learn (from other works) that they were told to take his essence with them. This includes the Power of Keeping the Covenant [i.e. Sexual Morality]. This is the quality of  Jacob and Joseph and the other Tribes who also assist in this matter, as Rashi says... The bones [essence] of the other Tribal Ancestors [in addition to Joseph] were also taken up [from Egypt at the time of Exodus]. Their Power remains with the Children of Israel throughout their Exile... After that, #And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had placed the children of Israel under solemn oath, saying, 'God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones [essence] from here with you' (Exodus 13:19)#. Perhaps this hints at the completion [GaMeR] of carrying out a commandant. This is why the Children of Israel are called GOMRIM [Gomerites? Completers?], [as Joseph said] "and you shall carry up my bones [essence] from here" (Genesis 50:25). This is the point concerning all Redemption of the Children of Israel from all their Places of Exile, that they will be called GaMeR [Gomer]. They are advised to use the Torah and the power of Moses to keep the Sanctity of the Covenant [Sexual Morality] and they will be redeemed as we may learn from the Holy Books... they join together. Joseph is great and amongst his brothers there is none greater. Moses is great and in Israel there is none greater. The indication is that through them both will there be virtue ensuring the continued endurance of the Children of Israel. #

Joseph made the Israelites promise to take the bones of his body with them when they returned to the Land of Canaan. In Hebrew this connotes retaining something of the essence of Joseph. Jacob gave life and vitality even when in Egypt. The qualities of  Jacob and Joseph where to be needed by the Israelites in their Places of Exile. The Israelites were to carry out the tasks required of them. They were to be known as GOMER and as Gomerites i.e. Cimmerians. They were to fulfill their destiny. Moses (who received the Law) in a sense was parallel to Jacob and in turn to Judah who keeps the Law.
Joseph was to Keep the Covenants which is usually understood to mean Sexual Morality in the same way as Joseph refused to lie with the wife of his master. In this case it implies the task of Joseph in general. We have spoken of this elsewhere.
The Purpose of Exile and Loss of Identity.

Israel needs both Judah (i.e. Jacob, Moses) and Joseph. By virtue of them both will Redemption come to the world.
In the above passage the Rabbi emphasizes that the Israelites as associated with Joseph were to be known as Gomer and Gomerites.
The Rabbi probably did not intend his words to be applied in the ethnic sense as referring to the Cimmerians BUT he said so all the same.

"Gomer" is a name for Israel as associated with Joseph!

Did the Prophets entirely understand the full import of the Prophecies they uttered??

The interpretations of Brit-Am have proved themselves and have often been confirmed by additional research findings that came after the conclusions had been published!

See Also:
Gomer and Israel.

More Brit-Am Rabbinical Sources

Ten Lost Tribes and Biblical Philosophy by Avigdor.

GOMER is a Name of Israelites!

 Question Concerning the Confusion of Gomer with Israel.

Michelle Bowie  wrote:

Shalom Yair,
Okay, I'm offically confused as these are all the verses regarding who Gomer is and I see no connection with being Israel. Mixed perhaps later, but certainly not "Israel" in the sense of ancestral origin from Shem.
Can you clarify what was meant by the article? Maybe I missed something or read it incorrectly.
(Gen 10:2) The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
(Gen 10:3) And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
(1Ch 1:5) The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.
(1Ch 1:6) And the sons of Gomer; Ashchenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah.
(Eze 38:6) Gomer, and all his bands; the house of Togarmah of the north quarters, and all his bands: and many people with thee.
Blessings, M. Bowie

Brit-Am Reply:
Shalom, Sorry for the evident lack of clarity in our explanation:
Let us try again:
Gomer as you point out is a nation and a group of non-Israelite nations descended from Japhet son of Noah.
"Gomer" was also a name given to Israel by the Assyrians due to a freak of linguistic derivation.
"Gomer" is a name also applied to the Cimmerian-group of peoples who may originally have been non-Israelite but at least later received Israelite groups into their confederation.
"Gomer" is a name that the Prophet Hosea (chs 1 & 2)applied to the northern Israelites who became the Lost Ten Tribes.
Gomer son of Japhet according to Talmudic sources was in the same areas that the Israelites were exiled to.
It had been prophesied that the Israelites who would be exiled were to intermix with other nations and loose their identity.
Hosea 7: 8 "Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples" from the Hebrew "Ephraim be-amim hu Yitbolel" or literally: "Ephraim shall be assimilated amongst the Peoples".
We are therefore justified in concluding that the non-Israelite nations whom the Lost Israelites would be associated are those of Gomer son of Japhet. Historically this is what happened. Prominent national groups associated with Gomer include the Celts, Germans, and Turks. Israelite Nations in the west according to our studies adopted Celtic and Germanic culture and languages. Prior to that (before moving west) many had been in the east where they were influenced by Turkic-Scythian type peoples. The Khazars (who were also part of the Ten Tribes) remained in the east and they too are often mistakenly attributed Turkic-Scythian origin.
The Prophet Hosea calls upon the Israelites to free themselves from the type of behavior associated with their adopted Gomeric identity.

Who is non-Israelite Gomer and the Gomerites with whom Israelites intermixed?

In our article on Gomer,
we bring Rabbinicial Sources as to the identity of Gomer. Taking these together with other proofs we obtain the following conception.
The sons of Gomer were Ashkenaz, Togarmah, and Riphah. Gomer himself also is the name of a national group in its own right. Josephus identified the Celtic Galatians with Gomer. Gomer may be attributed the non-Israelite elements of Scandinavia and Northern Germany. Ashkenaz became the non-Israelite Scythians and Germans. In Jewish Tradition Jews who came from Germany or who followed the customs etc of German Jewry were termed "Ashkenazim".
Riphah gave his name to the Riphaean Mountains meaning the Carpathians in southeast Europe. Ripha was to be found amongst the Slavs of the Carpathian neighborhood and also amongst the Western Celts. Togarmah gave rise to some of the Germans and also many of the non-Israelite Scythian and Turkic groups of east Asia.
Israelites were to be found in association with all these peoples, sojourned in the same areas, and were influenced by them as well as having an influence upon them.