Thanksgivukkah, a Celebration between the Jews and the Lost Tribes of Israel
In a world that is being transformed into a “world community”, the identity of one’s individuality and the spiritual awareness of one’s neshama soul is quickly being transformed into a new awareness. The evidence that the G-d of Israel is wooing both of His children from the House of Judah to the Lost House of Israel back home is alive and well and increasing every day.
Is it not amazing that for the first time in 125 years, since the year of 1888 that the Festival of Hanukkah and the Festival of Thanksgiving coincided like a solar eclipse at noonday. It also comes at a time in that there is becoming a heightened awareness that the Lost Ten Tribes are no longer lost, but are “coming home to roost” for the final grand reunion of Klal Yisrael (All Israel).
Called “Thanksgivukkah” by many Jews living in America, the eve before both Thanksgiving and Hanukkah began with challah bread and latke-crusted turkey. This also included pumpkin donuts, and pumpkin kugel mimicking the traditional Jewish noodle casserole. Is this a coincidence or is the G-d of All Israel (Klal Yisrael) stating that He is in control and that He will not longer remain hidden from our spiritual Israelite and Jewish neshama souls. So what will we think of the merging of these two great holidays of festivities?
To the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel, the American festivity of Thanksgiving was a true outreach by the Pilgrims and Puritans who fled from Europe in the wake of four centuries of pogroms by the Roman Catholic Inquisition between the 15th and the 18th centuries against Jews and Lost Israelites alike.
As Destination Yisrael wrote about the decades during the rise of the Inquisition and its affect upon the Lost Tribes that came out of the rise of the Protest-ant counter-revolt, title, “King Henry VIII, the Catholic Inquisition and the Puritan’s Visigothic Lost Israelite Ancestors; the Cathars, the Huguenots, and the Waldensians”, we read how it wiped out millions of Lost Israelites during the Albigensian Catholic pogroms. So when these descendants of the Cathars, Huguenots, and the Waldensians reached the New Land, Thanksgiving became symbolic of tying the knot to two great traditions between the Jewish peoples, and the Lost Ten Tribers from the House of Manasseh in the United States of America.
It was the Roman Catholic Christian Albigenses Inquisition whose pogroms during the 14th to the 19th centuries in Europe against Jews and Lost Israelites alike wiped out millions of Lost Israelites in southern Europe. The Cathars, and later the Huguenots, and the Waldensians, now infused with destiny by John Calvin and the Calvinists became the Puritans who as political activists sought to change the monarchy of England.
Those that gave up the concept of reforming the monarchy of England became the Pilgrim separatists and founded the Plymouth Colony in the 17th century in America; the New World. It was their English Celtic and Anglo-Saxon cousins in Great Britain and the United States that later became the American and British missionaries of the 19th century during the height of England’s Victorian Era.
Yet, it was after the height of the Inquisition’s annihilation of the Cathars in the Pyrenees of Southern France (12th c.); and the Inquisition’s expulsion of the Sephardic Jews from Spain in 1492 that the witness of the Huguenots and the Waldensians in the Alps of Switzerland and Northern Italy gave up their lives in testimony to the messiah called “The Nazarene” who claimed that his only mission in life was to find the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”, Was it not amazing that the “Lost Sheep” were living the New England and Northern Europe?
It was during the infamous era of the mid-16th century that Queen Mary I became known in her five year rule (1553-1558) over the English people as “Bloody Mary”. Under her rule, the Church of Rome returned to England to rule through bloody oppression under the rule of power, greed and control, rather than to guide the English people in the ways of G-d’s righteousness. For five bloody years, “Bloody Mary” carried the torch of Roman Catholicism as she had 280 religious dissenters burned at the stake in what has been called the Marian Persecutions.
It took the Catholic massacres of the Waldensians who lived across the English Channel in Provence, France in 1545 who began to polarize the Europeans between those who would follow the path of Edomite Rome and the Northern European Lost Israelites. As early as 1631, the Protest-ant scholars began to regard the Waldensians as the early forerunners (13th century) of the Protest-ant Reformation, a mantle that would later be given to John Wycliffe (14th century) and Jan Hus (15th century). They were all directly targeted by the Roman Catholic Church, and the latter burned at the stake.
The facts that the Reformation took its greatest hold upon the minds and souls of the populous living in Northern Europe, suggests that they were the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. Somehow in their “collective mind”, they knew that they were different when they arrived in the virgin forests of Northern Gaul, has been the testimony of numerous antiquarian researchers.
These archives have then have been collected and collaborated with modern Jewish historical scholarship such as Yair Davidiy with Brit-Am, whose research on the Lost Tribes of Israel has been intensively documented and published in numerous historical volumes, that the nations of Northern Europe were colonized by the Lost Tribes of Israel known in history as the Celtic, Anglo-Saxons, the Vikings, along with the incoming waves of the Germanic tribes called the Ostrogoths, Visigoths, and the Vandals.
Even today, the Mechoqeck of Judah, the judiciary trained Jewish rabbanim, have now taken up the mantle of historically documenting the truth and verity of the return of the Lost Tribes of Israel. This testimony is especially affirmed by the Jerusalem based Rabbi Avraham Feld, founder of Kol Ha Tor, based upon the analysis and affirmation of the extensive documentation left by the ancient Hebrew prophets; that it is a biblical mandate that the Northern Kingdom of Israel will be redeemed and restored at the time of the end. It is a biblical mandate that the descendants of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, that were exiled, will, at the end of day, restored and redeemed.
So this rare convergence of two holidays of Thanksgiving on the 4th Thursday of November stretches to the limits the lunar Jewish calendar year on the night of November 27. This is also about as early in the solar Gregorian calendar year that the Festival of Hanukkah can be celebrated. What many fail to comprehend is the fact that these two festivals were conceived by the descendants of the Hebrews called the Children of Israel, today known as the Jews of the House of Judah, and the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel.
As Destination Yisrael wrote about Thanksgiving a year ago on November 25, 2012 in the blog titled, “Pondering the Ancestral Roots of Thanksgiving: Our lost Israelite Heritage”:
Destination Yisrael – “Every year in America there is celebrated a traditions that is as American as is “Apple Pie”; Thanksgiving. Yet the tradition of Thanksgiving has been woven in the mists of legends that has eluded scholars for centuries. Why, because it is woven around a deeper mystery of the Legendary Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel.
As the dawn awakens from east so the heritage of the forefathers of the Great American Republic was awakened within the 13 Original Colonies. The amazing links of the 13 Tribes of Israel, with the House of Joseph received a double portion with his sons, Ephraim and Manasseh with 13 Original Tribes was not just Providential but an amazing testimony of the hand of G-d guiding and protecting His lost Children of Israel. When the American Declaration of Independence was written, the world saw the creation of a “New Nation under G-d” that would also write for the first time a Constitution that based upon the premises of Torah Law.
Even though the G-d remained hidden to the Lost 10-Tribes and not realized in His fullest spiritual reality, the hints and traces that He left with them would create in the future some of the most blessed and creative social cultures this world has ever seen in Europe, their colonies plus America. Considering the Abrahamic Blessing that the world would be blessed by his ‘chosen’ descendants, was it any wonder that in 2010, “The World's Happiest Countries were Settled by the Twelve Tribes of Israel; the Descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob” with the exception of Costa Rica who tied with New Zealand as #6 in the Top 10.
It all began with the Rebellion of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, who in their own autonomous, independent way chose to go alone, secede from the Kingdom of Judah and chart their own history over the next 2,700 years. They were sent into exile by the G-d of Israel to the Land of Media known in history as Khurasan in the region of Northern Iran, Eastern Afghanistan and Western Pakistan. Today, the largest tribe of these peoples are known as the “Bani-Israel” (sons of Israel), with the Pashtun Tribes of Afghanistan and Pakistan.
They gave us as one of their son, the enlightened ruler of Cyrus the Great from the Pasar-Gadae tribe of Gad, and his general, Gobryas, a Governor of the Tribe of Gutium (Gatti, Cutti), also of the Tribe of Gad, defeated King Belteshazzar in a drunken feast and took possession of the most impregnable city of the ancient world, Babylon, without shedding one drop of Jewish blood.
There in this same region in Media, the Lost Ten Tribes settled and prospered in a beautiful land looking upon the mountain vistas of the Himalayas today called the Northwest Frontier Provinces whose administrative capital is Peshawar just to the east of the Khyber Pass. Within those regions each of the ten tribes found homelands and set up ten tribal regions where they were able to preserve their own tribal and religious identities.
Jeremiah 51:19-21 – “The Portion of Jacob is not like them, for he is the Maker of all things; and Israel is the tribe of His inheritance. The L-rd of hosts is His Name. You (Israel) are My “battle ax” and weapons of war: for with you I will break the nation in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms; with you I will break in pieces the horse and its rider; with you I will break in pieces the chariot and its rider…”
What is of interest is the fact that this convergence of the two festivals also occurred in the year of 1888. Yet, according to the American physicist Jonathan Mizrahi at the Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, N.M., this overlapping of Jewish and Israelite festivals will not occur again for about 78,000 years into our future. In the year of 2070 and 2165, the first night of Hanukkah will overlap with Thanksgiving night. So why is this such a special event today?
Today and 125 years ago in the year of 1888, the Lost Ten Tribes in America celebrated their freedom on Thanksgiving from religious oppression on the same day as the Jewish people shared their freedom from religious annihilation on Hanukkah. The Lost Tribers were celebrating religious and spiritual freedom one with another, whether they knew it or not, simultaneously as the Jewish people celebrated the resistance of the Jews against the Syrian King Antiochus Epiphanes IV.
It was he who sought to destroy the foundation of Judaism by forbidden circumcision and the reading of the Torah which led to the rebellion of a group of Maccabee priests along with Jewish farmers who drove Antiochus and the Syrian army from Judea. They restored the desecrated Temple of Zerubabbel, relit the temple menorah that miraculously remained lit for seven additional days with one day worth of oil. Yet, what happened again in 1888?
Asher Zvi Hirsch Ginsberg (18 August 1856 – 2 January 1927), better known as an essayist by his penname, Ahad Ha’em, became one of the foremost pre-state Zionist thinker of his era. As such, Ahad Ha’em became known as the founder of cultural Zionism.
In the year of 1888, he disbanded the Bnei Moshe society and began to promote Jewish education and the rise of the national consciousness of Zionism. He has vision of a Jewish “spiritual center” being in the land of Israel (Roman Palestine in those days). His goal was to revive Hebrew and the Jewish culture not only in Palestine but all around the Jewish Diaspora in contrast to the era of the rise of Political Zionism in the 1897 Congress by Theodor Herzl who had no real no use for the Hebrew language. It was Herzl who wanted German to be the language of the new future Jewish State. As such, the final merger of the State of Israel, with a Hebrew culture is only coming into its own after 125 years.
It was estimated that before World War II over 90% of all Jews were Ashkenazim. At the end of the 19th century a large majority of Ashkenazim were in the Russian empire and its periphery. Yet beginning with the year of 1888, there was a mass migration of Jews from that part of the world who emigrated to the United States of America and scattered elsewhere around the world.
Was the G-d of Israel directing that migration of Jewish people in the late 19th century? We accept the affirmative, and the fact that HaShem is also directing the affairs of the nations today. He is preparing for the mass migration of the Jewish peoples from the diaspora along with the return of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel now returning to the land of their forefathers in preparation for the rise of Klal Yisrael (All Israel).
Together they will await the era of the Messiah when HaShem working through Greater Israel will bring a millennium of peace when the Jewish peoples will finally become a “light to the nations”. They will teach the nations of the world about the elevated state of Torah consciousness that will raise the spiritual consciousness of all peoples that are left after the catastrophes heralding the revealing of the messiah in the “world to come”. Here is where we will be introduced to a revolutionary world of “Spiritual Technology”.
So maybe the G-d of Israel is again reaching into the minds of the American Lost Israelites and assimilated Jews for together they have one destiny; return to the Land of Israel in aliyah and complete the final tikun and rectification by raising both the human spiritual consciousness of the Diaspora Jews and the Lost Israelites.
You might Want to Read the Following:
You might Want to Read the Following:
Destination Yisra’el’s Series:
“America’s First Thanksgiving between the Puritan Pilgrims and the Indians”
You might want to Read –
“The Lost Tribes of Israel as Hashem’s Emissary of Divine Judgment upon Rome”
Go to Part One – “The Lost Tribes of Israel as G-d’s Emissary of Divine Judgment upon Rome”
Go to Part Two – “The Legacy of the Visigoths and the Vandals upon Protestant Christianity”
The facts exist; the Torah Law given to Moses on the Mount of Sinai was given not just to Jews of the House of Judah but also to the Lost Tribes of Israel. Though our covenant was lost, according to the Prophet Hosea, we will be redeemed. If you are chosen, as a Lost Tribal Member of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, your destiny is to return to your Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel. If you want to learn more, click the link and Contact “Kol Ha Tor Vision”, the Voice of the Turtledove.
Here is a joint Orthodox Jewish and 10-Triber Vision to bring awareness of the imminent fulfillment of the Biblical Prophecies regarding the Redemption of all Israel (12 Tribes Re-conciled and Re-United). This super Event of all Times will entail Establishing the Shomron (the Ancient Bible Heartland of the Patriarchs) and the Judean Wilderness as part of the Land of Israel, and preparing the “Land” for the Return of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel and then the Redemption of All Israel.
For inquiries about Kol Ha Tor Vision for the Lost Tribes of Israel, Visit – “Shomron Lives!”, a Spiritual Retreat and Guest House in Samaria that hosts tours of Samaria.