|Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile|
10 October 2005 / 7 Tishrei 5766
Sanhedrin judge rules
'no diplomatic dialogue'
on petition for Joes
Hate mail asks Sanhedrin to place ban on MbY
In response to the petition seeking recognition and Halachic identity for the House of Joseph in exile, Maggid ben Yoseif has received a significant amount of "hate mail," including one demanding that the revived Sanhedrin place a "ban" on him.
Shortly after this ban demand, he received the following note from Rabbi Moshe Kerr on Sept. 8, 2005:
MbY offers the following response:
When I was a young boy and was an irritation to my four sisters living at home, one of them used to play a game. She would wave her hand and say, "Poof! You don't exist. And then nothing I said or did would bother her."
He said that he has petitioned Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, the head of the revived Sanhedrin, to determine whether Rabbi Kerr's opinion represents the position of the entire Sanhedrin. To date, Rabbi Steinsaltz has not responded.
To the Joes awaiting an Halachic identity out of respect for the Halachah, which Jesus said his followers should obey, MbY says:
It is evident that the enmity of the descendants of Judah toward the descendants of Joseph still exists, but I did not expect to find it on the Sanhedrin of Judah. Rabbis are entitled to their prejudices and agendas. But not shoftim. Judges are held to a higher standard. They are obligated to turn over every leaf to find the Truth -- even leaves that might fall from the tree of Halachah (Jewish Law) and be swept away by the wind.