23 Nissan 5772
G’vurah v Hesed
O’siyo to all my relations,
Hopefully, the House of Joseph has emerged from this Passover celebration with a more united understanding of the elements of Covenant in the Seder and their meaning which will bring the Ephraimite and M’nashe Joes closer to the House of Judah. Also, I pray that we have emerged with “purified tongues.”
I also pray that over the course of this Levitical year, that every Ephraimite will have the courage to re-examine their formerly Christian or messianic beliefs with the eyeglasses of Torah and that eyes will be open to the Truth.
Part of my job as a mokiah is to point out the points of enmity and vexation between Orthodox Judah and Ephraim and between Ephraim and Native M’nashe. I know you do not want to hear this, but the major obstacle which I call the “michshol” (stumbling block) is the Christian and messianic heresy of the deity of Jesus. If he were not viewed as deity, he could be accepted by the Orthodox Jewish community as a tzaddik to tikkun for the assimilation of the House of Israel and even the messiah to come once that tikkun has been realized globally. But the insistence on this warmed over Christian heresy is a point of enmity purposely being fomented by messianics who I have personally told and know the Truth but continue to teach their Christian lies to “not offend” and sell their heretical books.
With the goal of tearing down this unnecessary and divisive wall that has existed since 325 C.E., when Constantine steered Christianity away from the Torah feasts, Shabbat and consequently the understanding of the “tikkun” of a Tzaddik, I can categorically state that the House of Joseph is dead in the water until it overcomes this indoctrination.
This belief in Jesus as God also separates Ephraim from Native American M’nashe, who find it impossible to think of God in terms of humanity with the understanding of many millennia that God is Spirit, and the image (tzelem) of God in which the race of Adam was created, was the “sh’kinah” or life force of God which he breathed into man and made him shine like an effulgent being … before sin put out his light. Tzelem reflects a light image since “tzel” is the modern Hebrew word for a camera which captures a light image. The Jewish understanding of the final redemption is when we all again, “Rise, Shine, for our Light has come and the Glory (sh’Kinah) of the Lord arises on us” There is no “physical image” of God. This is heresy to Native M’nashe and to Orthodox Judah.
What I am saying is that there is a means that Y’shua (Jesus’) renewal of covenant can be understood in the framework of a righteous man (tzadik’s) ability to covenant between Grandfather and an “estranged” people, once he has himself overcome his evil inclination. This does not deify the tzadik and make him into an idol so that he becomes a stumbling block for the Torah observant. Neither does it diminish the tikkun and the renewal of covenant, although without a Torah understanding of that covenant – which is why I encouraged an Orthodox Haggadah at your seders – many are just playing church or messianic synagogue, cognizant of neither their obligation to do and commitment to obey the commands of Torah “for all of Israel throughout their generations” and ignorant of the tikkun without the Torah k’Halachah to explain it.
I know right now you’re thinking up a dozen different Scriptures to protest what I’m saying. Let me address the major ones I’ve heard many, many times, so just possibly, you might think this ole Indian has something worthwhile to add to your education and you might hopefully read “The Disputations.”
- The “way truth and life,” are the Derek, Emet and Chai’im mentioned in Psalm 119, which Y’shua quotes as the means to come to the Father. This pertains to Torah, not to him as “I am” or God made flesh.
- Consider that John 1:`1 when translated back to Hebrew from Greek discovers a Hebrew rule of grammar called “the rule of association.” This means when you associate two nouns, you do not repeat the stative verb. EXAMPLE: “Mary was with John and John (was with) Mary . ”Literally, “In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and God the Word. The same was together with God in the beginning.” (This explains the stilted Greek translation which reverses the word order and errantly states “and the Word was God.”) Further in the chapter it is this Word, not God who is manifest. And for all of you who believe Jesus existed in Old Testament times (another heresy), consider that 1 John 1 tells us until he was manifest as the Word made Flesh that he resided in the “bosom of the Father.”
- “Before Abraham was, I am,” Since the Torah existed before Abraham, else how could Abraham have observed “all the precepts and commands,” as is recorded of him, not in the oral tradition but in the Torah itself. Thus before Abraham, as Y’shua worded his riddle, “I am.” And the answer to the riddle of course is “Torah!”
- And why do you suppose that of all the designations Y’shua might take, he would take the one “son of man” that rules him out as being deity in the Torah? “God is neither a man, that he can lie, nor a son of man…”
I have spent many, many years researching this debate because I know how IMPOSSIBLE it is to be included in the family of Israel so long as Israel holds on to its “sh’tuf.” (belief in a deity other than the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob). This is a part of Halachah that was held in common by both the Northern and Southern kingdoms before their separate exiles and therefore seems irreversible and unchangeable, meaning the HOUSE OF JOSEPH MUST ADAPT TO IT.
I have heard much very wild and untamed Sod, (mystical interpretations), but I must remind you that Halachah determined that Drash, Remez and Sod are fine, but in the end of the day, P’sha, the simple, literal interpretation, is King.
This means unless you want to arouse more enmity and vexation against the House of Judah, P’shat according to Halachah should be taught or at least given equal time. It is also error to jump from one Strongs number to another without considering the tense, person and number of the verb you are describing. This is because the different houses of verbs imply passive, active, intensive and reflexive cases – which pertain to meaning — and to jump from one root to another without clarifying this, leads to false assumptions, conclusions … and doctrine.
Joes, you are just playing church unless you move away from these invented doctrines that continue the enmity with your Jewish brothers and worse, instill hatred of the rabbonim and their Halachah. If we are about unity, there should be no “us” or “them”, but “we” should recognize that the rabbonim have thousands of more years experience with the Torah and before going off into our own untamed interpretations, give the proper Halachic interpretations … ELSE YOU ADD TO THE ENMITY AND THE DIFFICULTY OF REUNITING.
Accordingly, I offer you my understanding of the origin of the heresy of the deity of Y’shua and the specific passages in Torah and the interpretation according to Halachah, that rule out the possibility of him being deity.
I will be happy to reply to all responses but will not argue any Christian doctrine unless you offer a Torah foundation for it. Remember that your New Testament is a compilation of 3,600 different Greek manuscripts – the Aramaic traditions were not even considered – canonized by Emperor Constantine and his inner court consisting of his wife, the forger Euseubius, and other conspirators. If your New Testament insights contradict Torah, they should be thrown out!!
And unless the Aramaic traditions reflect the same truth, I would dismiss the writings of the New Testament altogether
Faith in the God of Israel and his tzadik, our Big Brother Jesus, is another matter, to which Native M’nashe holds firm.
Gah geh you e
Maggid ben Yoseif