Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile
11 Iyar 5766 / May 9, 2006

Open the gates for M'nashe

In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah;  We have a strong city; salvation will be for walls and bulwarks.  Open the gates that the righteous nation which keeps the faith may enter in. (Isaiah 26:1-2)

The Malbim said this is the greeting that Judah will sing to Ephraim, who was historically kept out of the city of Jerusalem by guards stationed at the gates of the city. This was because of Ephraim's idolatry.  But the Malbim wrote that in the Last Days, all of Judah would welcome the then-righteous nation of Ephraim.

There seems no better welcoming for those of M'nashe who already have arrived and no better prayer for those still on their journey:

Open the gates of America that the great Chicano people, the sons and daughters of the peaceable Hopi may enter.

Welcome to the sweat lodges of Ten Rivers and Tomos Eaglebear, the Membreno Apache, who have stewarded your Homeland and begun re-purchasing and restoring the ancient ceremonial grounds and burial grounds yielded during the Western expansion, from which your ancestors were protected while still in the South. Come to the Sundance near Gardner, Co., on July 15-18, where drums always beat to the heartbeat of Mother Earth at the spiritual vortex that has drawn you home.

Welcome to the future kiva of Turtle Tribe where we are readying to teach you of the medicine wheel and ways of peace and the Holy Torah to help you remember who you are. And where we want to hear your stories and wisdom and learn together.

Join our vision, which is the same as the Hopi who have prayed us here. Walk the Red Road. Bury your weapons. Respect the rights, dignity and person of your neighbor and his/her property. Help the poor and needy as you are able. And most of all, show your appreciation for every gift by somehow sharing it, including and especially the Gift of Life given to you by the Creator.  Lay down your fear, bitterness, resentments, hatreds, envys and anything that would separate you from the love of the Creator and His will and blessing.

And to you sons and daughters with the imprint of Zion in your souls, welcome to the world of Torah if you don't know it already, and to a stone on a mountain engraved with the Ten Commandments in ancient Hebrew in Apache country and our hope of help for you from Jerusalem to expedite your absorption in the land of your final exodus.

 Welcome Home, M'nashe. Welcome back to Aztlan.

Mitakuye Oyasin  (We are all relatives),

Maggid ben Yoseif