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And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes...(Revelation 7:4-17)
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. (5) Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand. (6) Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nephthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. (7) Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand. (8) Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
Light penetrates the windows of a small brick hut and illuminates a group of African men dressed in white swaying. One shuts his eyes and shouts with a heavy Hebrew accent: “Oseh shalom!”
“Hallelujah!” the crowd responds.
He sings out again: “Oseh shalom!”
All of them together answer, “Hallelujah, making peace in its heights.”
As such, the Igbo people pray together with the sounds of longing in their voices for the Land of Israel.
The Igbo tribe lives in the Biafra region of South-Eastern Nigeria and is estimated to number some 20 million. Tens of thousands of these identify themselves as Jews for all intents and purposes. A significant number of the Igbo tribe are observant Jews, practice circumcision, read the Torah, wear yarmulkes and prayer shawls.
Throughout the generations, many indigenous tribes and ethnic groups from every continent have been identified as possible descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes who were exiled after the conquest of the Kingdom of Israel by Assyria in 722 BCE, and their fate remains unknown to this very day. Could the Igbo tribe and other groups be part of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel? How could we possibly determine which among these are Jews?
Can symbols, rituals, and customs definitively indicate that a person or tribe is Jewish? In order to trace Jewish roots, must historians and geneticists intervene, as well as authorities to deliberate on religious matters? The wisdom of Kabbalah views the answer to the question, “Who is a Jew?” from a deeper perspective that demands us to look back to the kingdom of ancient Babylon, to the cradle of humanity at the time, where Jewishness began.
About 3,800 years ago in Mesopotamia, which was a bountiful region located in today’s Iraq, humanity began to live side by side in brotherhood with a sense of shared destiny, like one great universal family. Without aspiring to great conquests, the pagan society of those days satisfied the small desires of its members for a peaceful life, shelter, and basic food. They established a thriving agricultural society that persisted undisturbed, as a single body.
Suddenly life changed in Babylon. The desire to receive pleasure, “egoism,” naturally began to grow and develop, demanding ever greater pleasures from life. Growing egos began to clash causing separation, urging each to view the other only in terms of their personal benefit, even if it came at another’s expense.
Troubled by the disintegration of society, a Babylonian priest named Abraham began to earnestly investigate why the Babylonians had stopped loving one another. In the process of his exploration, he discovered the natural system that connects all people under the management of a single enveloping force: love. He discovered that the root of human hatred lies in the ego’s development and its imbalance.
Abraham understood that in order to balance the negative power of egoism, it is necessary to awaken this positive force of love and connection inherent to nature. In other words, the common effort to build good relationships despite and atop egoistic rejection opens up a new spiritual space between people within which a sense of wholeness and harmony is found. Abraham’s brilliant discovery and the way to realize it was compiled as the wisdom of Kabbalah. Excited by his breakthrough, Abraham embarked on an extensive campaign to spread the wisdom among all the inhabitants of ancient Babylon.
As Rambam explained, tens of thousands came to the land of Israel from all the tribes and clans, representing all 70 nations of the world, and formed the foundation for the building of the Israeli nation. The rest of the ancient inhabitants of Babylon spread throughout the earth and developed into approximately 70 nations.
The Jewish people are not a people like other nation, founded on the common denominators of residential area, family relations, origin or color. The followers of Abraham were instead a conglomeration of different people whose one common denominator was a shared ideological basis. This special group would later be called “Israel,” which is derived from the phrase “Yashar-El” (Straight to God), i.e. a desire directed straight to the power that manages reality.
Since then and throughout history, anyone who joined Israel on the basis of the same unifying principle was warmly welcomed. French, Italian, African, Japanese—anyone in the world—was and could be a Jew. Kabbalah explains that the Jewish people is not a nation like the 70 nations of the world. Jewishness is an ideology, a person’s attitude toward others. Although Jews have lived and married among themselves as a relatively small group over the generations and have acquired a similar external form, when the Ten Lost Tribes are revealed, it will not be the genes that will bind us, but the ideology. The external form of the Lost Tribes will surely appear different from who we see today as Jews, but between all of them will be a spirit of mutual solidarity combined with the love of Zion.
The awakening and manifestation of the Ten Lost Tribes depends on the awakening of the Jews themselves. As the Jews become more and more connected, their unity will be projected throughout the network of connection that binds together all life and this will make the tribes emerge from their hiding places. At the same time, Jewish unity will build a kind of “womb,” an environment capable of absorbing the Ten Lost Tribes, to which they will be born.
As you read these lines, dear reader, and if you want to feel the single force that operates in creation, Bnei Baruch, our worldwide organization teaching the ancient wisdom of Kabbalah, warmly welcomes all those yearning to know the meaning of life through our connection as one human family. Show more
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to...(Daniel 9:27)
And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
On Monday, the Sanhedrin hosted the dedication of the altar for the Third Temple, marking the event with a full-dress reenactment of the Korban Tamidi (eternal offering).
The altar was made of aerated concrete and constructed on a metal frame specifically designed to be loaded on a flatbed truck. Though not ideal, it is entirely kosher for use in the Temple service.
Special vessels have also been prepared to be ready at a moment’s notice should the need arise to jumpstart the Temple service. The menorah in the photos below is constructed of wood. Though not ideal, it is kosher for use in the Temple and can be carried by one person. The laver is also kosher though it is significantly different than the Sea of Solomon that was used in the Temple to wash the hands and feet of the priests.
Mario Adolofo Bucaro Flores, the Ambassador of Guatemala was a guest of honor at the ceremony. Also present were the Ambassador of Honduras and Moshe Feiglin, head of the Zehut party and a former Member of Knesset, Show more
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against...(Zechariah 12:2-3)
Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. (3) And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.
Israel’s security forces in the West Bank are facing heavy resistance during their search for the perpetrators of the Ofra shooting incident. Meanwhile, on the northern front, the IDF is facing tensions during Operation Northern Shield to dismantle Hezbollah’s military tunnels. Show more
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns...(Revelation 13:1)
And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. (2) And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. (3) And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. (4) And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? (5) And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty and two months. (6) And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
In a Torah class, sponsored by Yiboneh and delivered in Jerusalem earlier this week, Orthodox scholar Rabbi Yitzchak Breitowitz explained that there are alternative scenarios for the messianic figure known in Judaism as Moshiach ben Yosef (Messiah, son of Joseph).
Quoting the Vilna Gaon, who was among the foremost 18th century Jewish leaders, Rabbi Breitowitz explained that, “Moshiach ben Yosef as a person will be killed in the horrendous wars of Gog and Magog. But Moshiach ben Yosef can take another form. It doesn’t have to take the form of a person. It can take the form of a movement and a philosophy.”
As is well-known, a portion of the Five Books of Moses is read in synagogues around the world each Shabbat. What is less well-known is that there is also a reading from the Books of Prophets that has a parallel theme to something in the Torah portion. This prophetic reading is referred to as a Haftarah. In Hebrew, a haftarah is a conclusion.
The Torah portion for this coming Shabbat is Vayigash (Genesis 44:18–47:27) in which Yosef (Joseph) reveals his identity to his brothers after Yehuda (Judah) pleads for the release of the youngest brother Binyamin (Benjamin). Thus, Yehuda and Yosef are reunited.
The Haftarah, the corresponding prophetic reading, comes from Yechezkel (Ezekiel) 37:15-28 and illustrates that, just as Yehuda and Yosef were reunited in Egypt, there will be a final reunification of the kingdoms of Yehuda and Yosef during the Messianic Era
And you, O mortal, take a stick and write on it, “Of Yehuda and the Israelites associated with him”; and take another stick and write on it, “Of Yosef—the stick of Efraim—and all the House of Yisrael associated with him.” Ezekiel 37:16
Yosef, sometimes referred to as Efraim, represents the Ten Northern Tribes that Sennacherib exiled long before Ezekiel lived. Yehuda represents the Southern Kingdom, from which the Jewish people of today are descended and from whom they take their name.
Rabbi Breitowitz fleshed out the parallel even further. There was an initial reunification of Yehuda and Yosef in Egypt. There will be a reunification of the Northern Kingdom (Yosef) and the Southern Kingdom (Yehuda) in the End of Days. And there will be a messianic figure from the House of Joseph and a messianic figure from the House of David, who comes from the Tribe of Yehuda.
He continued by explaining that, before Moshiach ben David (Messiah, son of David) appears, there will be a Moshiach ben Yosef (Messiah, son of Joseph) who will pave the road for Moshiach ben David. Their roles at the End of Days, explained Rabbi Breitowitz, mirror the initial reunification of Yehuda and Yosef in this week’s Torah portion.
“In the same way Yosef in Mitzrayim (Egypt) prepared the physical infrastructure of the economy so that Yehuda could then create the spiritual community of the Jewish people that sustained them in Egypt,” he elaborated, “So too the role of Moshiach ben Yosef as a movement is to prepare a physical structure in Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel).”
Breitowitz acknowledged that this physical building up of Israel is an allusion to Zionism. “The Vilna Gaon concludes that the physical building of Eretz Yisrael is an indispensable condition for the bringing of Moshiach. The return to the Land and the building of the Land, in terms of agriculture, in terms of industry, in terms of people living here, is the condition that will bring Moshiach ben David,” he argued.
He ended this segment of his talk with an important clarification. “The Vilna Gaon was not endorsing secular Zionism. The Vilna Gaon emphasizes over and over again in his writing that this should be done in the ruach (spirit) of the Torah and mitzvot (Biblical commandments).” Today, Zionism based on Torah principles is referred to as Religious Zionism.
Rabbi Breitowitz concluded by stating that it was common knowledge among Torah scholars in Eastern Europe during the 18th century that, “building up Eretz Yisrael in a physical sense was a necessary redemptive stage and that was the precursor to Moshiach ben David.” Show more
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(1 Corinthians 7:30-31)
"And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that...Shannon As you live in the USA, I thought I'd plus you on this!
(1 Corinthians 7:30-31)
"And they that weep, as though they wept not; and they that rejoice, as though they rejoiced not; and they that buy, as though they possessed not; (31) And they that use this world, as not abusing it: for the fashion of this world passeth away. (32) But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:"
"And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. (16) And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: (17) And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? (18) And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. (19) And I will say to my soul, aSoul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry. (20) But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? (21) So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and gis not rich toward God."
In a new report that warns that the electric grid is the “prime target” of terrorists, Americans are being urged prepare for the up to six months without electricity, transportation, fuel, money, and healthcare. “People no longer keep enough essentials within their homes, reducing their ability to sustain themselves during an extended, prolonged outage. We need to improve individual preparedness,” said a just-published report to President Trump. “There needs to be more individual accountability for preparedness,” adds the report, “Surviving a Catastrophic Power Outage,” from the President’s National Infrastructure Advisory Council and published by the Department of Homeland Security. It looked at the potential of a power outage of up to six months and recommended Americans have enough supplies on hand for a minimum 14 days, a standard for some prepper organizations. “Build a Culture of Preparedness includes objectives to incentivize investments that reduce risk, including pre-disaster mitigation; closing the insurance gap; helping people prepare for disasters; and better learn from past disasters, improve continuously, and innovate,” said a key recommendation. Show more
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are...(Deuteronomy 22:5)
The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the Lord thy God.
And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Transgender members of the 85-million-strong Anglican faith community will now have the support of the Church of England, after it released guidelines on Tuesday for ceremonies to welcome them. The Church of England, where the Anglican tradition originated, has in recent years moved towards greater acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people, including addressing homophobic bullying in schools. The public ceremonies aim to affirm the new identity of trans worshippers, according to guidelines published on the Church’s website on Tuesday. Julian Henderson, head of the committee that produced the guidelines, said the decision was “rooted in scripture”. The new guidelines say ministers should address trans members by their chosen name, though some traditionalists in the Church of England argue that gender cannot be changed as it is assigned by God. The wider Anglican body has been divided since 2003 over arguments about gender and sexuality between liberal member churches in the West and their conservative counterparts, mostly in Africa. Show more
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Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a...Matthew 5:14-16
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Stand bold with your light brothers and sisters. Show more
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