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Video: The Ten Lost Tribes

Large numbers of Jews were exiled and disappeared. Where are they now?

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(21) Anonymous, December 19, 2013 5:27 PM

I disagree with the 'Jewish blood' concept

I must say, I was left disappointed at this video. It mentioned having "Jewish blood". That, in my eyes, was a disgusting thing to say! Judaism isn't about blood! It's a covenant, a culture, a nation people, not a race or ethnicity! If they really were Jewish blood, then what of the converts?! They don't have it, so they must not be Jews, right? That's sad, cruel, and sickening. The Torah itself says to love the convert, thus implying that there is no Jewish blood. I mean, you can't convert to get Asian blood and be Asian!! And as for the ten lost tribes, in one part of the Tanakh, it doesn't necessarily say '10' tribes were lost, it say the Northern Kingdom was exiled, and only 3 tribes are mentioned. I must say, I, personally, don't believe they're coming back. Doesn't the Tanakh say they'd only return if they changed their ways? I do believe, in another section of the Tanakh, it mentions that the exiles were still stuck in their idolatrous ways and did not go back in the way of the Torah.

Carolyn, January 3, 2014 10:40 PM

Reply to Anonymous Jewish blood, Conversion & Jewish blood

Being a Jew is many things, and when you convert, you are re-born as a Jew and have a new name. It is a deep change that is contained in your heart, and it is the fire in your blood that keeps your Jewish heart beating, no matter the DNA. One 1/4th of my blood is Jewish, but not enough or through my mother's side to make me a Jew, I have to convert. My faith came, like Abrahams in the wilderness. I found my own Hebrew name. People who are lost can find their way back. We cant know the path, and if it is something in our DNA, does it matter, if that is the way? Our Creator made us the way he did, and gave us the free will to find our way in this world. Why limit ourselves in what we believe is possible. I dream of Jewish unity, which is something hard to believe in for many reasons, but I do. If you believe someone can do something they may not think they can, it does provide help and moral support. On New Years Eve, in Cleveland, Ohio I saw this when Michelle Knight, one of the women held captive for years take the stage, joining the band to dance, celebrate and demonstrate joy. She did not give an interview, or need to say a word, and I am grateful the media let her express herself this way. This woman was estranged from society, family, and she was singled out by her captor to be the most hated. She is a hero, and so are the people who came to her aid, as shown by the change of society and their view of her. We can change, we can heal, we can love, we can forgive, we can try, and we can succeed. We are to be the light unto nations, that includes the people of the ten tribes that were lost. The author did not offend me, nor do I think that was his intention. I am secure in my connection to Our Creator no matter what anyone may think of me, period. This website has been incredibly important in the access and information it provides to people like me.

(20) Anonymous, October 7, 2013 3:14 AM

Uncanny Similarities

In Urdu which is spoken in Pakistan, the word for "one" is "ekh".
In Japanese Shinto rituals and architecture I see many commonalities with the Jewish practice of separating the holy from the profane, and the "Holy of Holies"
in the Shinto Shrine which you may not enter.
You are also supposed to purify your hands 3 times with a ladle -like equipment, using the pure water before entering the shrine. The priests also wear tassels.
According to Rabbi Spiro's video here , those of us walking around feeling a strong connection with the Jews are not mad after all. (or at least I have an excuse now!).

(19) Pauline, July 27, 2013 2:55 PM

Thank you for you insight in Torah and world views.

(18) Sheila LyonHall, July 21, 2013 5:16 PM

What If . . .

I am fascinated by the various accounts I read of people groupings in the world that appear to be linked to the Ten Lost Tribes. Here’s a thought – What if one day people who harbor deep prejudices discovered they had ancestral links to the racial, ethnic or cultural group they hated? What if DNA testing revealed THEY were “one of those people” – the object of their long-standing hatred? Would the truth behind such knowledge change them? Shalom!

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