Movement of the Ten Tribes
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I have a question.
From your research, does the "mixed multitude" referred to in Ex 12:38 imply that people of races other than Israelite went out from Egypt with the Israelites at the time of the exodus?
As I understand it the same Hebrew term denoting mixed multitude is used in Nehemiah at the time that a people of mixed race were separated from the Israelites.
The term "mixed multitude" [Hebrew "erev rav"] is found in Exodus 12:38.
A similar term [Hebrew"erev"] also translated as "mixed multitude" but also connoting "mixed group" in general is found in Nehemiah 13:3.
37 Then the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand men on foot, besides children. 38 A mixed multitude [Hebrew "erev rav"] went up with them also, and flocks and herds ?a great deal of livestock.
1 On that day they read from the Book of Moses in the hearing of the people, and in it was found written that no Ammonite or Moabite should ever come into the assembly of God, 2 because they had not met the children of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing. 3 So it was, when they had heard the Law, that they separated all the mixed multitude [Hebrew: "col erev"] from Israel.
A "Mixed multitude (Hebrew: "erev [mixed] rav [multitude]") did attach itself to the Children of Israel when they came out of Egypt.
Some traditions and schools of thought emphasize the negative influence of this element and also its numbers. It has been claimed that they greatly outnumbers the Israelites though such claims may be figurative as much as literal.
In the time of Nehemiah the mixed multitude may have been mainly from Ammon and Moab as understood by the Commentary "Metsudat David".
Abarbanel (Mashmia Yishua 2:3) understood Biblical verses to imply that at the time of Return the returnees will come with their non-Israelite women and their children will be recognized. It will not be as it was in the time of Ezra and Nehemiah when the foreign women with their children were sent away.
On the other hand, the Zohar (VaYechi) says that the Returnees (from the Ten Tribes and Judah) will declare that their lineage has remained pure.
The Zohar may not necessarily be intended literally.
Ezekiel 47 tells us that foreigners who attach themselves to us and identify with us will receive an inheritance together with whatever Israelite Tribe they live amongst.
21 Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel. 22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. 23 And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance, says the Lord GOD.
In other words, we do not know. We cannot say for sure not concerning ourselves nor others.
There is a reason for this.
We believe in the Ten Tribes. We feel we are descended from Israel.
Biblical Proofs exists alongside strong historical evidence which once accepted as worthy of consideration quickly is seen to be conclusive, or almost so.
All the evidence however applies to the aggregate. We as individuals may not be certain at this stage. We should use this factor of uncertainty as a source of strength, as a driving force. It should stir us forward to learn and study the Bible and live as close to the will of the Almighty as we are able while doing whatsoever the task may be that has been laid upon us.
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Official: Netanyahu Waiting for 'President Palin'
Hope you are feeling better, All the quote unquote moral outrage against Israel for the attack on the flotilla, reminds me of the new Arizona anti immigration law. The people that say how immoral it is, when you ask them if they have read the bill, the answer is all ways NO. And getting back to the moral outrage, where was all the moral outrage when Hitler was murdering 6 million Jews. Some will say we didn't know, to which I respond, that is a bunch of baloney. All you have to do is do a google search, Roosevelt knew, Churchill knew. How many times did Jewish people beg Roosevelt and Churchill to bomb the tracks leading to Auschwitz or Dachau, the response was all ways those planes need to bombing German munitions factories. In other words, they didn't care. MAY THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB, CONTINUE TO WATCH OVER, BLESS, AND PROTECT THE APPLE OF HIS EYE, HIS PEOPLE ISRAEL. Wherever in this world they may be. And I am also waiting for President Sarah Palin.
The comment in the Artscroll TANACH for Leviticus 13 describes that "Leprosy" or "Tzaraas" is a physical manifestation of a spiritual malaise such as slander, also bloodshed, false oaths, sexual immorality, pride, robbery and selfishness.
Have I somehow missed a verse? It seems to me that in my reading of the five books of Moses, only Moses and Miriam were ever afflicted with Tzaraas, Moses as a demonstration of the Almighty's power and Miriam because she spoke against Moses concerning his Ethiopian wife. (I am aware of the commentary that the "Ethiopian" wife refers to Zipporah and that Miriam gossiped that Moses had not been intimate with her for some time.)
If I understand your question correctly you are saying that since Artscroll (based on the Sages) says that leprosy in the Torah applied to a spiritually-induced condition and the Torah itself appears to confirm this then what was Naaman doing with his leprous condition?
The Laws of Leprosy (Hebrew: Tsaraat) do in deed emanate from a spiritual condition and were applicable when the Israelite were at a high level of spiritual development and achievement and Prophecy was a common phenomenon.
A person only became an official Leper (Metsorah) when a Cohen (Priest) declared him so. Maimonides points out that the Priests and Levites had to undergo a good number of years of full-time training. Only a specially qualified Priest could declare a leper as officially afflicted. This specialist had to have a thorough training is physiology in order to distinguish between natural phenomena and spiritual ones.
In this week's Parsha, Tazria, we're told about the discoloration (leprosy) that occurs when people, and sometimes even their property, get for speaking negatively about others (Lashon Hara). One interesting rule, however, is that even if it's blatantly obvious that one has leprosy, the laws pertaining to it do not apply until the Kohen (priest) declares it impure. Why would we need an 'official' to see and declare it if it's obvious what it is? Also, the Torah says that leprosy that's partially healed is considered as if it's clean (13:6). Why would a partial healing be adequate if there's still discoloration?
The Impurity of Leprosy - Tumas Tzaraas
Such persons must be pronounced impure (and when they are healed, pure) by a priest, as it says "And the priests the sons of Levi... by their mouths shall every dispute and every condition be [decided]"
# Here, the intent is not leprosy as described in the Torah (tzara'at), but rather the illness that is referred to as leprosy in contemporary terms. #
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