August 21, 2003
1. The name "Yair"
2. Questions on Jewish
Attitudes to Lost Ten Tribes
3. Eric Schendel: Need for More References
Gluckstahl colonies in Russia,
5. Surnames and Jewish Reactions
The name "Yair"
From: Joan Griffith
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am
I just read that "Yair" means "illumination" -- very
interesting in "light"
of Proof No. 13! Probably others would like to know
that as well.
Always listen to the experts. They'll tell you what
can't be done and why.
Then do it. - Robert Heinlein
"Yair" actually means "He will enlighten". It is from the
root "Or" meaning
"Light. Thus we have other names such as
"Oriel" = My light is God", and
"Mair" = Enightens, and the female name
"Orah" = Light.
My name, "Yair",
is future tense. When my ex-wife used to get irritated
with me, she would
(approximately) say, "You were aptly named, in the
future tense. You are all
2. Questions on Jewish Attitudes to Lost Ten
>I was wondering what orrthodox Jews as a whole
think about Joseph. Do
>they acknowledge that the 10
lost and will be reunited during the messianic era. Whether
who Joseph is or not do they know that he is out there
>somewhere. Or do
orthodox Jews believe that Israel and Judah were reunited
>at the time
of Ezra? Is Brit-Am an exception to what most Jews believe
>Could you post some links to any websites where Jews at least
>Joseph and Ephraim have yet
>to be united. (even if
they do not know where Joseph is).
(a) Nearly all (with perhaps one or two exceptions) Jewish
acknowledge that the Lost Ten Tribes are lost.
For many of the rang and file
however the subject is rather abstract and of
a mythological nature since
its practical importance is not
(b) The Brit-Am identifications
are ours alone. We hold that to some degree
sages in the past may have held
but for the present this is not so.
(c) See our article by
Nachmanides on our web-site were he proves that no
re-unification took place
at the time of Ezra.
(d) There exist a few Jewish groups who hold that the
Lost Ten tribes are
in Burma, or india, or Afghanistan, or Japan, or
Our position is that though in some cases small offshoots from
"Joseph" may have reached some of these areas and left an
impression on the
whole the Lost Ten Tribes are to be sought for in the
west. This is what
the BIble says and how we understand
messages from the
sages. All other opinions at this stage in our opinion
are misleading and
The emphasis should always be to the west and that is where the
overwhelming majority of lost Israelites went.
We have a work in Hebrew
that we intend to publish as soon as even part of
the funds become
see our answer to item (5. b) below.
3. Eric Schendel: Need
for More References
>I really think you are doing an
excellent job. I have only one suggestion,
the years I've read lots of theories and ideas, some of which are
far-fetched and others aren't. As a result (and also because I
>scientifically trained) I tend to be very skeptical. What you
>feels right but I'd like more proof.
>Would it be
possible, whenever you make a major assertion, to indicate what
academic authorities believe, and then why you either agree with them
>not--specifically offering evidence to support any disagreements?
>example, when asserting that the Scythians were Isaacsons/Saxons and
>the Scots, could you include a comment along the lines of [I'm
>this up as an example] "(conventional historians accept
Scythians as being
>ancestral to the Scots--see "History Book A"--but
don't accept them as being
>of Hebrew origin. However, so-and-so
writes....)" I realize you probably
>go into more detail lin your books,
but it woud help to also do this in the
>Keep up the
Point taken. Thanks
colonies in Russia,
From: Virginia Schmidt
I am a subscriber from North Dakota. I don't always have time to read
issue, but I either save them on disk or print them off. I have
great deal from reading your articles and am looking forward to
It is my eventual dream to live and work in Israel.
Having my ancestry
come from the Gluckstahl colonies in Russia, we are
atempting to find
documentation/proof that we are of Jewish descent. The
parents spoke had a great deal of Yiddish in it. There are
reasons we believe this. Should you have any information
about people from
that area, please let me know or how to find it for
myself. Also, do you
know if the name "Geist" has any Jewish
Yours very sincerely,
May G_d bless
you in your work!!!!!!!!!!
5. Surnames and Jewish
>Dear Mr. Davidiy,
> Do you know anything
about surnames and how they relate to the tribes
> of Israel?? That is
if certain surnames could be connected to certain of
> the 12 tribes of
> Also, how well does the Lost Tribe identity message go over
> land of Israel? Do ya'll have much of a presence over
> My husband and I have ordered a number of your books and The
> Tribesman. All of this is very interesting to us. Especially since
> there are Jewish people who believe this message of the 12 tribes of
> Israel. We have believed this for many years because of reading the
> writings of Herbert W. Armstrong.
> Seems like most Jews do
not want any one else to share in being "the
> We love our Jewish brethren. We are very concerned about
> happening in Israel. We pray that they will not give up their
> the Palestinans. What a big mistake!!!
> We hope to
order more of your writings and the journel.
William and Patricia Mortimer
Answers: (a) Names: A lot of work could be
done with surnames. At present
I am the only full-time worker with Brit-Am.
I receive assistance though
e-mail lists and every now and again supporters
send us interesting and
valuable pieces of information and
Even so there are limits to what we can do at present.
present the funds we receive allow us to keep going from month to month
(each month being uncertain) and little more than that.
If we ever expand
and have the funds I would like to be able to pay
researchers to collect
DNA information and information concerning family
origins. I would work with
these researchers, direct their efforts, have
them consult with other
researchers in the same fields, and regularly
publish the results on a
I believe that the fruits of such research would strengthen Brit-Am
would also arouse more interest in Brit-Am.
How did names
Even apparently simple names (such as Cook, implying that an
ancestor was a
professional cook) can lead a long way.
Which areas were
the names concentrated in at the first?
Where are these names concentrated
Are there any patterns to these names? Did they tend to intermarry with
people bearing names of a certain type?
Famous people with these names,
professional predilections, political
patterns, how does
one area interrelate with that from elsewhere, etc.
(b) In Israel most
people have not heard of us. We hope to change that
shortly. Most Jews are
actually open to the Brit-Am idea.
The religious difference is the major
What about "Joseph"?
Say the Jews do suddenly recognize "Joseph"
how will you all react? It may
be more traumatic than you imagine.
require a reconsideration of many things you have always taken for
Are you really ready?
Do you want the Jews of judah to consider their long
Do you really want this?
Does Joseph want recognition at
Is Joseph really ready?
Why is support for Brit-Am not greater
than it is?
At all events, Brit-Am believes that this is true knowledge and
Beyond that Divine providence has its own