|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
Removing the michshol (stumbling block) between Joseph and Judah
© 2005 Maggid ben Yosef
The return of the 2.5 million-strong remnant of the House of Joseph is eminent. It awaits only the implementation of the State of Israels final status plan for Judea-Samaria and the welcome mat from Orthodox religious leaders once they are satisfied that the Joes represent a goi tzadik shomer emunim, (a righteous nation that guards the faith Isaiah 26:1-2). It is one thing to observe or do the Torah. It is quite something else to guard it. The latter has been accomplished by Orthodox Jews for untold centuries through the observance of Halachah, the codification of the Laws and oral traditions handed down from the time of Moses.
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharons plan to evacuate all Jewish settlements from the Gaza and regions contiguous also would evacuate Jews from Judea-Samaria. This includes the biblical inheritance of the non-Jewish children of Rachel called the fields of the Shomron and the fields of Ephraim. The plan would allow for an autonomous Palestinian entity in the Gaza, which Zechariah 9 appears to validate. However, Judea-Samaria, the formerly-called West Bank (of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan), is set aside by the God of Israel to reconcile a 3,500+ year old rivalry and enmity between the House of Joseph-Ephraim and the House of Judah. Judea-Samaria is currently inhabited by about 1.6 million Palestinians who Obadiah called the House of Esau. A Palestinian state on these lands as proposed by the Road Map to Peace in the Middle East is therefore tantamount to taking the birthright Esau relinquished to Jacob away from Jacob and returning it to Esau and stands in the way of this reconciliation of Joes and Jews.
Until the Joes are invited to make their Return and dwell in these historic inheritances, Palestinians will continue to outnumber the family of Jacob in the West Bank. What is more, the Palestinians occupying the fields of the Shomron and the fields of Ephraim as the ill-fated House of Esau, may never co-exist with the House of Jacob without conflict.
A proposed Palestinian state is not the only or even the major obstacle to the Return of the House of Joseph, even though the Joes are the legal and biblical heir to the fields mentioned above. Halachah (the interpretation of Jewish Law) ignores Beit Yoseif (the House of Joseph), and its claims and does not even acknowledge its existence "until the time of messiah." And Beit Yoseif still largely adheres to Christian dogma that remain anathema to the rabbonim.
These Disputations address misunderstandings about Halachah important to the non-Jewish world as well as the major stumbling block to the acceptance of Joes by the Orthodox religious leaders and therefore to this Return: The Deity of Yshua.
We submit instead, for review and hopefully consensus and collegiality, Yshua the anointed tzadik. A re-read of the New Testament concludes that he also observed Halachah and urged his followers to do likewise. He recognized the authority of the Pharisees of his day to interpret Halachah. And Ironically, the same Halachah that he promoted specifically refutes the existence of any Deity but the God of Israel, a message consistent with the Torah.
When seen through the spectacles of Torah and the Prophets and the Writings together with the oral traditions that preceded the reNewed Testament, we find that the work of atonement accomplished by Yshua is consistent with the unqualified love, spiritual identification, mandatory descent and voluntary suffering of the tzadik as reflected in the pages of the Tanach itself. In other words, every aspect of the atonement has precedent in a human vessel so that the Spirit of Truth can truthfully testify that Yshua came as a son of man (mortal human) in the flesh and not God in the flesh. Also, in no way does this diminish the work of atonement or more accurately, the renewal of covenant accomplished by Yshua as a mediator between the God of Israel and the non-Jewish children of the Assimilation of Israel as well as whosoever will among the Gentiles.
Since Halachah allows shtuf the association of one other than the God of Israel with His Deity for non-Jews who are not a part of the family of Israel, we really offer no challenge to traditional Christian beliefs and practices. They are for the most part irrelevant to the faith of Joes and Jews. However, the word of the God of Israel to the Assimilation of the Northern tribes as He removes the blinders from these excised non-Jews is to put aside any and all idolatrous beliefs including and especially the Deity of Yshua promoted by Christianity. As long as Ephraim clings to his idols, leave him alone.
According to Obadiah, the House of Esau, who remain in the West Bank will be annihilated to the last man, woman and child. This means those truly on the side of the God of Israel should -- strictly as a humanitarian concern -- be promoting the transfer of these Palestinians out of the region remembering that it is set aside for the reconciliation of Joes and Jews.
The Palestinian problem appears to be the catalyst that will ultimately force the State of Israel and its religious leadership to invite the Return of Joes. But this return is stymied unless and until the role of Yshua is clarified in terms acceptable to the rabbonim, which means acceptable to Halachah. The Disputations that follow suggest those terms are possible in the role and mission of a tzadik.
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