The 10 Lost Tribes
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Tracing the Lost 10 Tribes and preparing for their Return
by Rabbi Avraham Feld
Scholars who have traced the migrating tracks of the Lost Tribes of Israel, claim that they eventually and essentially ended up in Western Europe and from there spread to England , the USA , Canada , South Africa and Australia . Others maintain that they also spread to the East where they integrated with the nations.
Torah and Tanach prophecies are clear and emphatic that the Ten Tribes will "Return" to their ancient Heritage. Jewish Sages throughout the ages have interpreted these Prophecies to indicate a Return, both to Torah observance and to the physical Land of Israel - the Land of their Fathers. This process is referred to as "the Redemption". From authentic Torah sources we learn that they will still be involved in false belief at the time of their Return and in need of proper Torah restoration before the final Redemption
In my work to prepare the Tribe of Judah (the present day Jewish people who, by the way, within themselves hold remnants of all the Tribes) for this Great Return, I stress my belief, according to a host of Biblical and Talmudic statements, that these Lost Tribes will be coming home with all kinds of religious "baggage" . It is not the place of Judah (the Jews) and their Rabbinic leaders, to judge them in this, but to teach them and to reach out to them. The prophet Micah said, that the Tribes will put away their false beliefs and idols after they are back in the Land. I feel it crucial for Judah to understand, and I wish to point out that, the religion of most of the returning Tribes is not the Christianity that said, "Kiss the sword, or kiss the cross", but a religion in process of returning to Halachic Torah Judaism.
According to the interpretation of our sages, it is not Judah "s job to combat these professing Returnees in their new-old Hebraic rooted religious convictions. They are moving backwards to the earliest understanding of belief in a spirit of Messiah. This is all bound up with their Return to the Jewish people and the Land. (One aspect of the Mandate of Messiah Ben Yosef, namely bringing the Tribes back Home, may embrace various historical movements and utilize religious trends which are today clearly identifiable in masses of self professing Torah restoring non-Jewish individuals in the world).
This trend is even manifested amongst non-religious "strangers" craving for closer identification with Torah and Judaism.
Numerous Jewish orthodox sages have commented on the positive contribution that various forms of Christianity have made and is making to the evolution of human kind towards a perfected world, Messiah, the Bible and One G-d, which also is the Jewish Mandate. It behooves Judah to understand them and their beliefs, they are not our enemies - they are to be treated like at a Jewish Passover dinner, when estranged, perhaps even very secular relatives appear and should nevertheless be embraced. Likewise, with the up and coming reunion of the Tribes - our job as Judah is, to welcome and embrace them as long lost relatives.
Judah needs to express faith in G-d, the same God who is bringing the Reunion to the forefront of history, to work out for us all the various doctrinal problems that exist. Remember, Judaism is a religion of deed, not creed.
The beliefs and practices of the Tribes will be purified, just as Judah will need to be purified, repent and get up to par.
( Rabbi Avraham Feld is a founder member of the Kol HaTor Vision which labours for establishing peaceful understanding between the House of Judah and what seems to be the grassroots reidentification of the Lost House of the Northern 10 Tribes of Israel. These two Houses are prophetically destined to reconcile for purposes of the Final Redemption of the 12-Tribed House of Israel ).
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Our Mandate - Ezekiel 37:15-28
" The word of HaShem came to me: "Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
"When your countrymen ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?' say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign HaShem says: 'I am going to take the stick of Joseph - which is in Ephraim's hand - and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in My Hand.' Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign HaShem says: 'I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding, and I will cleanse them. They will be My People, and I will be their G-d. My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one Shepherd. They will follow My Laws and be careful to keep My Decrees. They will live in the land I gave to My servant Jacob, the land where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children's children will live there forever, and David My servant will be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put My Sanctuary among them forever. My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their G-d, and they will be My People. Then the nations will know that I, HaShem, make Israel holy, when My Sanctuary is among them forever.' "
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