I wish to apologize for not providing more Biblical and research postings
This is still the most important aspect of our work and what we should
still be most concerned with.
2. Some good people have adopted misleading
notions as to what we are about
or should be about as the following letter shows
and to which we reply. This attitude is counter-productive and is liable to
cause all of us damage.
Please read the reply.
BRIT-AM REPRESENTS JUDAH AND ISRAEL
BRIT-AM IS WORKING TO RE-UNITE JUDAH WITH ISRAEL AND ISRAEL WITH JUDAH
WE NEED TO CONVINCE BOTH SIDES
The emphasis at this time must still
remain on "Joseph"
In order to convince "Judah" we will need an initiative from "Joseph"
and the burden of proof still is dependent on "Joseph".
Brit-Am represents you. Enable us to
work and do what we can.
Despite whatever shortcomings we may have, we are still the first in the
field and we are endeavoring to
In warfare a soldier who runs away from battle or a soldier who impetuously
charges forward when
he and his fellows should hold back can be equally dangerous to his own side.
Joseph revealed himself to his brothers.
Joseph still needs to reveal himself more to Judah.
The recent and past support of the USA and especially the support of
evangelical Christians and the like for
a strong State of Israel is going a long way towards the cause of "Joseph"
in the eyes of Judah.
Brit-Am and the support it receives is also doing something in the right
direction but not enough.
Before Joseph can reveal himself to Judah he must be more aware of he is,
that he is Joseph and not somebody else.
The Bible says that Judah approached Joseph and then Joseph revealed himself.
We need movement and awareness to be aroused on both sides.
Subject: Deut. 30:1-6, and Maimonides.
Re: Malcum Osborne post.
I was at a Sukkot Festival in Oklahoma in 2001. Eddy Chumney was a speaker
there. His presentation topic was the return of the Ten Lost Tribes. In his
presentation he supposedly read from the writings of Maimonides concerning
Deut. 30:1-6, wherein Maimonides said that to reject the teaching of that
portion of the Torah (Deut. 30:1-6) was to reject the entire Torah.
I do not posess a copy of Maimonides' writings, can you verify the above
remarks. For if that is true, how can the Israeli Authorities reject
non-Jewish Torah Observant, people who love Israel and the Jewish People,
from moving to Israel?
How does one generate dialogue based on what a person does (keep Torah)
which shows their true belief; as opposed to only what a person says they
believe, which doesn't necessarily generate any actions. If both Judah and
Ephraim are to be Observant when Messiah comes, how then can we better
learn Torah that to do it together. Zechariah 8:23-24 (NASB); Thus says the
Lord of hosts, "In those days ten men from all the nations (Ephraim ?) will
grasp the garment (zitzit) of a Jew saying, "Let us go with you, for we
have heard that G-d is with you."'" In this passage it seems that G-d is
showing the line of instruction, because Ephraim had forsaken Torah, but is
now repenting and returning to Torah (Ezek. 37:23) and seeking the help of
their Jewish brothers.
As with Mr. Osborne my wife and I have no others of like persuasion in our
area to fellowship with. Therefore, we observe Shabbat and the Festivals by
ourselves with the exception of Passover where we travel to Dallas to keep
the feast with our six children, their spouses and our our 11 grand children.
May our G-d continue to protect you and give you peace in this time.
Please, continue the work we all need your knowledge and insight.
Eddy Chumney is a friend and supporter of ours but he has his own agenda
that may have allowed him to divert from
our principles or he may have been misunderstood and misquoted.
Eddy Chumney enabled us to publish our last two books, "Joseph" and the
revised edition of "Ephraim".
Eddy has also said that when the Hebrew version of our work is ready for
printing that his organization will partially assist us
to publish it. Eddy is very active at present in presenting our case. His
presentation of our views up until now, as far as we know, has always been
a good and understanding one.
Eddy spent many hours in Israel with Rabbi Avraham Feld and with Yair
Davidiy and stayed at my house for more than a week.
Eddy (if he has been properly quoted) did not receive his understanding of
Maimonides from us.
Not Yair Davidiy, Brit-Am, not Eddy
Chumney, nor anybody else, can put the
onus at this stage on
the Rabbinical establishment.
We should not necessarily concern ourselves with establishing '"dialogue"
between Judah and Joseph at this stage.
Rather we should each begin to make ourselves truly aware of Biblical
Spread the word to your family and neighbors. Assist Brit-Am to spread the
The onus is still on "Joseph". Nevertheless,
please understand us properly
and read on.
For those who may not know, Who was
Maimonides ("Rambam", 1135-1204). Born in Muslim Spain, he was one of the
greatest Jewish legal authorities and religious philosophers. Maimonides
moved to North Africa, then to Egypt. He served as personal physician to
Saladin, King of Egypt. He was offered a post by Richard-I of England but
His legal work summarizes most of the Rabbinical literature extant in his
day concerning the practical application of the Law. His decisions are not
necessarily always legally binding from a Rabbinical point of view but they
are taken into account.
From the point of view of pure literature his style of expression was very
powerful and should be considered inspired.
Maimonides says that to reject any portion
of the Torah is to reject it
all. Maimonides understands the Torah as not to allow
any kind of Christian belief. Maimonides says that those who wish to be
recognized as "Kosher" Israelites (even if born Jewish) must accept ALL of
the Law and not just bits and pieces and they must accept it according to
how the Rabbis interpret it.
That is what Maimonides says.
This is not what we say.
You may disagree with what Maimonides says but you should not quote him as
supporting claims that are the opposite of what he stood for.
You have been mislead or you have misunderstood whatever you were being
told concerning Maimonides.
For all I know you may meet all, or most of the criteria, but others do not.
Deut. 30:1-6 is talking about Israelites
as a whole and about how GOD will
relate to those who turn back to HIM.
Deuteronomy speaks to both Judah and Joseph as nations.
Judah and Joseph are both two halves of the Israelite nation.
[Deuteronomy 30:1] AND IT SHALL COME
TO PASS, WHEN ALL THESE THINGS ARE
COME UPON THEE, THE BLESSING AND THE CURSE, WHICH I HAVE SET BEFORE THEE,
AND THOU SHALT CALL THEM TO MIND AMONG ALL THE NATIONS, WHITHER THE LORD
THY GOD HATH DRIVEN THEE,
[Deuteronomy 30:2] AND SHALT RETURN
UNTO THE LORD THY GOD, AND SHALT OBEY
HIS VOICE ACCORDING TO ALL THAT I COMMAND THEE THIS DAY, THOU AND THY
CHILDREN, WITH ALL THINE HEART, AND WITH ALL THY SOUL;
[Deuteronomy 30:3] THAT THEN THE LORD
THY GOD WILL TURN THY CAPTIVITY, AND
HAVE COMPASSION UPON THEE, AND WILL RETURN AND GATHER THEE FROM ALL THE
NATIONS, WHITHER THE LORD THY GOD HATH SCATTERED THEE.
[Deuteronomy 30:4] IF ANY OF THINE BE
DRIVEN OUT UNTO THE OUTMOST PARTS OF
HEAVEN, FROM THENCE WILL THE LORD THY GOD GATHER THEE, AND FROM THENCE WILL
HE FETCH THEE:
[Deuteronomy 30:5] AND THE LORD THY
GOD WILL BRING THEE INTO THE LAND WHICH
THY FATHERS POSSESSED, AND THOU SHALT POSSESS IT; AND HE WILL DO THEE
GOOD, AND MULTIPLY THEE ABOVE THY FATHERS.
[Deuteronomy 30:6] AND THE LORD THY
GOD WILL CIRCUMCISE THINE HEART, AND
THE HEART OF THY SEED, TO LOVE THE LORD THY GOD WITH ALL THINE HEART, AND
WITH ALL THY SOUL, THAT THOU MAYEST LIVE.
Please read "Brit-Am Now no. 115" carefully.
Prove first that you are Joseph.
What you are trying to say that is that since you evidently feel you are of
and keep some of the commandments as you think they should be kept
then the Rabbis in Israel should accept you in the same way as they accept
someone who is Jewish.
This can cause us harm. It is not good for Brit-Am and it is not good for you.
Please note before we go anywhere:
It is not enough to feel in your heart that you are Jewish or Israelite
whether because you have read Brit-Am literature,
or because of Ed Chumney, or your inner instincts told you so, or because
you love the Jewish people
and identify with them, or because of some other reason,.
This is not enough. It would not be enough for you yourself, or your family
and neighbors, in other circumstances.
Why should it be enough for the Rabbis?
You must have some proof OR you must have some communal legal
declaration, or attitude that the rabbis can work from.
Brit-Am is working to provide what is necessary.
The rabbis are human beings and must be approached as such.
They bear great responsibility and we must recognize this.
How would you act in their place?
Judah will recognize the truth of Joseph when the time comes and when
Joseph himself is more able
to give expression to his own origin.
Is Joseph ready? Perhaps Judah is more
prepared than you think?
Perhaps Joseph is the one who still wishes to hold himself back?
How well is Joseph really aware of who he is?
I repeat, perhaps Judah is more prepared than you think?
Judah is more susceptible than Joseph.
Judah in many respects is endangered and therefore is justified in
"Joseph" is more than a handful of Brit-Am supporters and similarly minded
Brit-Am must grow and should be enabled tom prove itself, for your sake and
the sake of
We have to provide evidence and to show
We have to get the message out to both sides. This is the first step.
There are other steps involved and we are beginning to realize what
these are and to work towards them.
WHAT PROOF DO WE REALLY HAVE?
We have Biblical evidence that is quite strong, especially when taken
together with relevant indications
in Rabbinical literature.
This evidence must be placed in the public domain, read through, and made
It is convincing but it is not necessarily enough in itself.
Nevertheless when imparted to enough people the Biblical evidence can go a
long way towards
creating an open and sympathetic attitude.
The Bible is the truth and Brit-Am is in accordance with the Bible.
If nothing else, this is what God has given us and this can carry us through
and this must be our emphasis.
In addition we have historical and related
evidence that is not (at this stage)
academically accepted but does approach the boundaries of academic
In other words from a purely academic point of view we may not have proven
that it was as we say
but we have shown that according to the evidence it could have been.
This is enough but the more we can strengthen this point, the better.
And this point can be strengthened. The evidence is there and only needs to
If you are part of "Joseph" then your
emphasis should be more on arousing
Joseph to his origins.
Brit-Am is concerned with revealing the origins of Joseph to both Joseph
himself and to Judah.
Our aim is to do the will of the Almighty
as revealed in the Bible.
If we go with the Bible we should reach our destination.