"Brit-Am Now"-201
February 24, 2003

1. Criticism: Need for humility
3. "The Tribes" in Swedish
4. Runic Script of Scandinavia written in Hebrew Language
5. More on Meeting with People From Finland

1. Criticism: Need for humility
From: yoseph@sohu.com
Subject: Re:OH BOY.  HERE WE GO "Brit-Am Now"-199

Subject: "Brit-Am Now"-199
Sent: Sun Feb 23 17:47:42 CST 2003

 >   "Brit-Am Now"-199
 > Contents:

 >4. Some of the Unconvinced
 >From: Irish Wolfhound

Shalom to you and your family Yair
i want to see Brit Am succeed so i write this to you.
well, didn't i tell you that lately there has been too much
self-congratulation of Efrayim, which is in fact erroneous and
untruthful?  the above writer is not "unconvinced".  And anyone who thinks
he is, then perhaps has no clue where the lost tribes are really coming from.

we are not all from Yosef/Efrayim.
and many Yisraeilim have suffered from Yosef/Efrayim's cruelty and
arrogance [and still do] as this fellow Yisraeili in the Galut seems to
attest.  He probably is now confused because he is starting to hear the
same crap he heard from television and politicians all his life, so why
does he need another dose of it from you [you see what i mean?]

personally i can see beyond such ignorance on the part of those who
recently who have made such distressing [and stupid] comments whitewashing
Yosef/Efrayim, but it seems now people who are not such "sheep" are
becoming offended. people who know better.  cf. Yechezqiel what HAShem will
do to that daubing of plaster [whitewashing/plastering].

i support you and hope you correct this silly, offensive propaganda recently.
it is utter nonsense and LIES.
Efrayim and the tribes in the Galut are heading for a disaster.
part of the reason is this pride and arrogance.


Published in Crisis, April 1994

No country has been a more stalwart friend of Israel than America and no
other society has been more hospitable to its Jewish population.  It is
hard to think of another nation in which a Jewish community has enjoyed a
longer period of tranquility and affluence.  The bond that has always
existed between America and her Jews is so conspicuous that it has even
attracted the attention of other people.  For instance, during the past
decade, nearly a dozen books have been published in Japan that describe the
extraordinary prominence that Jews enjoy in America.  These popular volumes
upset some Jewish organizations who then accused Japan of
anti-Semitism.  This charge was hard for them to understand since fewer
than one percent of Japanese have ever knowingly encountered a real live
Jew.  It is quite possible that these books were not anti-Semitic; but
rather the result of a simple observation that would be clear to anyone who
was not a recent immigrant from Tierra del Fuego:  American Jews are
disproportionately represented in our country's elite.

There have, of course, been many instances of anti-Semitic discrimination
over the past few hundred years.  Yet it seems churlish to harp on these,
given the many Jews who can still remember the terror of the frequent
Saturday night pogroms in Eastern Europe.  Not to mention what it might
have been like to have been a German Jew during the period
1930-1945.  Alongside the heart-stopping uncertainty of daily life that
most European Jews experienced over the past few hundred years, getting
derailed by a Jewish quota for medical school or not being allowed to buy a
home in some choice neighborhood, hardly ranks as a serious problem.  Life
has certainly been good for American Jews.  The question is why?

For over two thousand years, Jews have immigrated to and settled in
whatever countries were then occupying center stage of world history.  When
Babylon dominated the known world, Jews lived there and brought the
Babylonian Talmud into being.  Later, when the Persian Empire ruled, Jews
lived there too as the Biblical book of Esther describes.  During the
heyday of the Roman Empire, great Jewish communities arose that survived
everything the centuries flung at them, except Hitler.  Until Spain
unceremoniously ejected them in 1492, Jews enjoyed their golden age while
Spain enjoyed hers.  While the sun shone upon the British Empire, the chief
rabbi of great Britain traveled the pink parts of the world map, and was
treated like a dignitary.  In each case, for a short slice of history, the
wandering Jew would find a resting place for his weary feet.  Some of these
resting places were more hospitable than others;  many were downright
painful, but they were the temporary abode that God had arranged for His
people.  However, after two world wars finally left America as the
mightiest economic and military power in the world, and the American Jewish
community achieved maturity, it emerged as the healthiest and wealthiest of
all Jewish communities.  The hospitality that Jews have enjoyed in America
is unparalleled in recent times and perhaps even in all time.  The question
is why?

One argument often advanced is that the hospitality enjoyed by America's
Jews has been the result of the size of the American Jewish community along
with its economic and political influence.  In other words, America has
been good to her Jews because their power has allowed her little
alternative.  In addition to demonstrating astonishing ingratitude, this
argument is as wrong headed as claiming that turning on street lights
causes the sun to set.  Even a moment's humble reflection reveals that
American Jews have achieved affluence and political prominence precisely
because of the security and tranquility they have enjoyed for so many
years.  The question is why has America treated its Jews so differently
from almost everyone else?

One clue is that the most visible enthusiasm for Judaism often comes from
precisely those politicians who can hardly be said to preside over major
centers of Jewish culture.  For example, it is hard to make the case that
Senator Helms supports Israel in order to placate the large number of
Jewish voters in North Carolina.  No, clearly something more profound lies
behind several hundred years of affinity and friendship between America and
Judaism.  The question is, what?

The answer is that in the history of the world, only two nations were
founded on an idea rather than on a land.  Judaism was founded on
monotheism and America was founded on freedom.  Furthermore, there are only
two peoples that foreigners can join with all subsequent rights.  Try
becoming accepted as a naturalized Englishman, Frenchman, Swiss or
Japanese.  However if one becomes an American or converts to Judaism, one
becomes a full American or a full Jew with all rights, save one.  As a
convert to Judaism, one cannot become king, and as a naturalized American,
one cannot attain the presidency.

Shortly after the founding of both the American people and the Jewish
people, each experienced a horrendous civil war.  Strangely enough, both
the war between the North and the South and the war between Judah and
Israel were over moral issues and both allowed their respective people to
continue to grow and prosper.

Only America and Israel have opened their doors to immigrants from around
the world who share their ideals.  Both countries are unique in that their
populations mostly comprise immigrants.

The founders of America, the Pilgrims, were called
"separatists."  Similarly the early Jews, Abraham and his family, were
called "Ivrim"Hebrews, or in English"separatists."

Early arrivals in both America and Israel found the lands to be populated
by pagans who knew nothing of God Almighty; in one case, native Indians and
in the other, Canaanites.  Both people built their capital cities in a
manner designed to guarantee equal access for all.  Neither Washington DC.
nor Jerusalem belongs exclusively to any one state or tribe.

Jacob launched the Jewish people by replacing his son Joseph with Joseph's
two sons Ephraim and Menashe.  "They will be to me like Reuben and Shimon"
said Jacob, thus changing the twelve tribes into thirteen.  Similarly, the
twelve original colonies waited for Rhode Island to join in before
launching their great enterprise.  The founding fathers knew that the
number of elements required for the founding of a holy nation had to be
increased from twelve to thirteen.

This important idea of unity having its origin in thirteen, found its way
onto our currency.  The phrase expressing it, e pluribus unum, printed
above the eagle on the one dollar bill, contains thirteen letters, as does
the phrase annuit coeptis printed above the pyramid.  There are thirteen
layers of stone in that pyramid, thirteen stars above the eagle's head and
thirteen stripes upon its breast.  There are thirteen arrows clutched in
one talon and the olive branch in the othercontains thirteen olives.  And
all this symbolism of thirteen is found only on the one dollar bill.  In
Hebrew, which associates a numerical value with each letter of the
alphabet, the word for "One," Echad, possesses a numerical equivalent of

Benjamin Franklin once proposed that the Great Seal of the United States
should depict the Israelites crossing the Red Sea on their way to the
Promised Land.  William Bradford, the second governor of the Plymouth
Colony was a fluent scholar of Hebrew and studied the Old Testament in its
original.  Several founders proposed Hebrew as an official language of the
United States and a commencement speech at Harvard University was commonly
delivered in Hebrew well into the twentieth century.

The intrinsic similarity between these two great nations was not lost on
the early Americans.  Neither is it lost on their descendants, so many of
whom still share a devotion to the Judeo-Christian principles that fueled
our earliest visions.  Robert Frost's The Gift Outright and John Winthrop's
City on the Hill are only two examples out of many, that reflect awareness
of this deep spiritual bond that links Judaism and the American dream.

If America's support for Israel were based entirely on political
expediency, that support would originate from the State Department.  It
does not.  Instead. it springs from the heartland of America as a
reflection of the deep commitment to Judeo-Christian values felt by so many
The graciousness extended by most Americans towards their Jewish friends is
not the result of having been intimidated by those friends into a mood of
sullen acceptance.  It is a wholehearted embrace based on belief in one
sentiment.  A sentiment best expressed by the Scriptural words "and I will
bless those that bless you and those that curse you, will I curse."
(Genesis 12:3)  Most Americans revere those words as they do God Almighty
who spoke them.  American Jews have always been the beneficiaries of that
sentiment.  The joyous serenity of living as an American Jew is safe only
for as long as most Americans continue to subscribe to that Biblical

3. "The Tribes" in Swedish
Extracts from "The Tribes" by Yair Davidiy translated into Swedish by Orjan
Svensson may be seen at

4. Runic Script of Scandinavia written in Hebrew Language
In Scandinavia, England, and elsewhere they once used the runic script.
This was the earliest aphabet
used by Northern peoples in those areas. The runic alphabet   was derived
in part from
the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet. Some of  the earliest runic inscriptions are
to be found in Bleking in southeast
Sweden. Orjan Svensson has proven that the language of these inscriptions
was an early form of Hebrew or
(in other cases) a mixed Hebrew-Aramaic dialect. His work may be seen at:

5. More on Meeting with People From Finland
The meeting with the people from Finland came just after we had received a
letter on the subject and published an article
on Issachar. It was not planned that way by us. Shortly before then we had
received a letter from another person in the group
who had however not expected to meet with us in Jerusalem.
At the meeting we referred to the point made in our work "The Tribes" about
               <<  In the Book of Chronicles (1-Chr. 12; 32) is found the
expression, "And of the children of Issachar were men that had
understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do". This was
understood by the Sages (Talmud, Baba Kama 2b; Rashi on Deuteronomy 33; 18)
to refer to expertise in astronomical subjects and in computing the
calendar which requires great skill and precision. Monthly divisions had to
co-ordinate the lunar and solar cycles, agricultural and religious needs,
and be compatible with chronological purposes. The characteristics and
skills of Issachar were reflected in its symbols. ISSACHAR is represented
by a donkey (Genesis 49; 10) and also by the sun and stars, symbolizing the
celestial movements the Sons of ISSACHAR were said to observe and be
experts in. On an Israeli Stamp [see illustration] the arrangement of sun
and stars used to represent Issachar bears the same form as the face of a
clock might seem to . >>

The people present at the meeting commented that Finland is known for
making high-quality precision products.
In Finland engineers are much respected and are at the top of the
social-status rung.
Weather-forecasting and discussions about weather likelihoods are important
features of Finnish society:
One of the people present (Maarit  see "Brit-Am Now"-186) at the meeting
is professionally involved with weather-forecasting.
These are very minor points but they add something to the overall picture.
At all events, the people at the meeting were pleased with our findings and
identifications and agreed with them.
On the whole, the Finnish people appears to be materially well-of and to
enjoy the blessings of Jacob in a quiet way.
The quality of life is evidently  quite high in Finland. The people live
well and long and are healthy.
The handful of Finns I have met up to now have nearly all seemed to be
healthy, vigorous, handsome, quiet,
well-mannered, reserved, observant,  and intelligent.

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