The Red-Headed Israelite – Part Three
Destination Yisrael began this series of articles titled, “The Red-Headed Israelite” first by analyzing the amazing puzzle of how “Red Hair” genetically is very rare yet has its highest concentration along the western Atlantic coastlines of Europe from western Norway and Ireland to the Basque region of Spain.
This Series first began with Part One in the article, titled, “The Enigma of the DNA Quest to find the Lost “Red Headed Israelites.” There we learned that one of the genetic markers of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel was the discovery that only one place on Planet Earth is the very rare “Red Hair Gene” located; on the Atlantic coastline of Western Europe where the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel are located.
We then continued our quest in Part Two with this article, titled, “The Ancient Samaritans: The Left-Behind Remnant of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel.
For centuries, the Samaritans in Shomron (Samaria) and Israel are today a historical testimony of what is going on in the greater world of spiritual identity of the physical and spiritual roots. Such is the story of The Red Haired native Samaritan “Jewish Israelite”, Sofi Sarah Tsedaka (born Sofi Tsedaka in Holon on 26 October 1975.
Today she is an Israeli actress, singer, television presenter and politician from the Holon Samaritan community. Here in the Shomron (Samaria-West Bank) are the aboriginal roots of the Rb1 haplogroup of “Red Hair” now found in the final resting grounds of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel now located in Western Europe. The greatest concentration of “Red Hair” occurs along the western Atlantic coastline of Ireland, Scotland, Wales in Great Britain, Netherlands traversing down the French coastline to the Basque region of Northern Spain.
This 39-year old, Sofi Tsedaka, the striking red-headed Israeli star of Jewish soap operas and children’s TV shows, is a composite picture of the soon greater ground-swelling of Lost Ten Israelites who will be making aliyah back home to the land of their forefathers in the Shomron region of Israel. Yet this great Exodus from their 3,700 year exile from the former region of the Northern Kingdom of Israel is about over and hundreds of millions of Lost Israelites will begin their last journey home to Greater Israel.
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Sofi is part of the last legacy of the Samaritans of biblical fame noted for their rebellions against the G-d of Israel because they believed that they had a clearer understanding of the Torah presentation at Sinai than the Jewish rabbanim. This hubris has also led to their isolation as 1.5 million Samaritans in the 4th to the 5th century CE have now dwindled down to a mere 705 living Samaritans in the region of Samaria, a land coveted by the radical Islamic Palestinians today of Hamas and Fatah and in the city of Homa near Tel Aviv today.
This makes Sofi’s story so iconic is that the rejection by her own peoples for her conversion to Judaism exposes the “great rift” that divides the ancient Israelites and the Jews that still exists today. It is also highlights the pathway of her full redemption in the “world to come” that is increasingly and eagerly expected by a growing chorus of Jews and Lost Israelites around the world. This is in anticipation of the full revealing of the Maschiach ben Dovid as the “Era of the Maschiach” begins to unfold as early as Rosh Hashanah 2016.
This Israeli pop star recently demonstrated her diversity when she debuted her recent CD title, “Bereishit” or “Genesis” where the smooth chords of Hebrew interweave in the lilting language of the Ancient Samaritan peoples. Sofi’s last name, Tsedaka, which means “Charity” in both Hebrew and the Samaritan language, is a more ancient form of Hebrew.
Sofi like all other of the Samaritan children studied in Israeli schools. In the afternoon, she studied the Samaritan language and religion. By the time of her graduation from high school, she was prepared to abandon her native heritage in which she called “the suffocating confines of Samaritan life.”
She secretly began to study for conversion to Judaism and with the announcement of her marriage to a Jewish man, she entered Jewish life. She was excommunicated by the Samaritan sect, and later she and her husband filed for divorce, she still has their two children, a girl and a boy. This all was woven into her new song, “Bereishit” of a world she was given birth in, and later abandoned in early adulthood.
As she intones upon the first chapter of Genesis, she creates again a world she left behind with the rhythms and whooping chants of Samaritan songs and prayers, but again wants to reengage within her journey of a world she abandoned and was then was ostracized, yet now after a decade she sings again of a life, “erasing what’s past, not afraid to walk on a street I haven’t crossed for a long time.”
During these traumatic years, along with Sofi, her three sisters also followed the pathway of their elder sister as another family unit of Samaritans moved into a new life of Judaism. Her father, Baruch Tsedaka now 70 has been “torn between the community and his family. Her father bemoans that his daughter has left to the “seductions” of secular society. Though they keep in touch with only a few miles separating parents and daughter, Sofi has never been back home and neither has she ever been invited.
The Jewish Version of the Origins of the Samaritans.
The Jewish Bible, called the TaNaKh or the Migra, is the canon of the Hebrew Bible. Today it is preserved in the Masoretic Text. Yet, the TaNaKh is but an acronym of the first letter of each of the Masoretic Text’s traditional subdivisions called the “Torah” or the “Teachings” accepted as the first five books of Moses, the “Nevi’im” called the “Prophets” and the Ketuvim, called the “Writings” hence the “TaNaKh.”
The “Migra” which means “that which is read” is another name for the TaNaKh, which according to the rabbinic traditions of the “Mechoquek” is also accompanied by the Oral Tradition called the Oral Torah, on how to interpret and live the “Life of Torah.”
The lineage of the High Priest initially went from Aaron to his son, Eleazar the High Priest to Aaron’s son, Phinehas or Phineas (Pinchas). Phineas or Pinchas early distinguished himself by saving the Children of Israel when in the era of the Blessings and Curses of Balaam, the Children of Israel began to sexually intermingle themselves with the Moabites and the Midianites, who were the descendants from the incestuous relationship of Lot, Abraham’s nephew and his two daughters after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
It was in the height of the rebellion of the Children of Israel called the “Heresy of Peor” that Phineas, the grandson of Aaron went into the tent of one of the leaders of the heresy and executed the Israelite man and the Midianite woman with a spear. By doing do, he stopped a vast plague running through the camp of the Israelites and saved the remainder who had not fallen to the idolatrous practices brought by the Midianite women and halting the desecration of the Mishkhan, the Wilderness Tabernacle. And so the lineage of the High Priest of Israel, the Ha Gadol went from Aaron, to Eleazar, then to Phineas.
The feud between the Northern and the Southern tribes of the Israelites continued to simmer and broke out into a full civil war after the death of King Solomon. The former United Kingdom of Kings David and Solomon was split into two kingdoms, Judah in the south, with Jerusalem as its capital, and Israel in the north whose capital was established in Samaria.
The two kingdoms struggled for two centuries, and several times went to war with each other. Corruption reigned in both kingdoms and before they could destroy each other, it took the emergence of the Assyrian Empire and it rulers to conqueror the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
Only by the act of the Almighty One of Israel was the Kingdom of Judah saved from the forces of King Sennecherib when in the days of the Prophet Isaiah and King Hezekiah (a messiah), a bolide flux from the heavens like what came down earlier in the era of the Prophet Elijah with the destruction of the Queen Jezebel’s priests on Mount Carmel, “blasted” from the heavens and vaporized and destroyed the entire 180,000 man army of the Assyrians yet this time, the warriors were vaporized while lying on the plains surrounding Jerusalem.
According to the Biblical story, as edited by the chronologers of the Kingdom of Judah, the Samaritans descended from peoples deported by the Assyrians, from other parts of the empire, during the 8th BCE and were resettled in Samaria.
One of these people, according to the Bible, were the “Cuthean” who were brought from Cutha. Eventually “Cuthean” became the Jews derogatory nickname, for the Samaritans. Later, those new inhabitants, named “lion proselytes”, (2 Kings 17) as they adopted a form of Israelite religion as a response to a plague of lions sent by God to punish them for ignoring the G-d of the land.
The Jewish resources, in a polemic attitude do not distinguish between the new inhabitants, and the original residents of Samaria, who survived the Assyrian Exile, and maybe intentionally, denominate the whole People of Samaria as Samaritans.
The Assyrian King, who conquered Samaria in 721- 722, was Sargon the Second (721-705 B.C.E). In one of Sargon’s inscriptions he testifies as follows:
Sargon the Great - “From my first year to the fifteen, of my kingship, I besieged and conquered Samarina. I took as booty 27,290 people who lived there. I gathered 50 chariots from them. I taught the rest of the deportees their skills. I set my eunuch over them, and I imposed upon them the same tribute as the previous king (Shalmaneser V).”
In other Inscription from Nimrud Prisms (COS 2.118D, pp. 295-296,):
Nimrud Prisms - “…the Samar]ians [who had agreed with a hostile king]…I fought with them and decisively defeated them. 27,280 people who lived there…carried off as spoil. 50 chariots for my royal force…[the rest of them I settled in the midst of Assyria]….
The Tamudi, Ibadidi, Marsimani and Hayappa, who live in distant Arabia, in the desert, who knew neither overseer nor commander, who never brought tribute to any king–with the help of Ashur my lord, I defeated them. I deported the rest of them. I settled them in Samaria/Samerina…”
According to both of Sargon’s inscriptions, only 27,290 (or 27.280) of the people who lived in Samaria, were exiled by the Assyrians, while according to the Bible, only the landowners in Samaria, numbered about 60,000 people. (2 Kings 42:15, 19 - 20 – thousands of Talents of silver, which equal to 1 million Shekels, divided to 50 shekels per person). This indicates, that most of the population in Samaria survived the exile, and necessity, have influenced the new resident’s religion. In the next centuries, the kings of the Assyrian empire kept bringing, in a foreign population, from other areas of the empire, to the area of Samaria.
The Remnant of the North Kingdom
In 2 Chronicles chapter 30, which according to Bible’s scholars was composed at the end of the Persian era, we learn that King Hiskiyah, who ruled Judah between 726-715, had sent posts to all Israel and Judea, asking them to take a part in the Passover sacrifice in Jerusalem:
2 Chronicles 30:1 – “And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover unto the LORD, the God of Israel.”
2 Chronicles 30:6 – “So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying: ‘Ye children of Israel, turn back unto the LORD, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, that He may return to the remnant that are escaped of you out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.”
2 Chronicles 30:7-10 – “And be not ye like your fathers, and like your brethren, who acted treacherously against the LORD, the God of their fathers, so that He delivered them to be an astonishment, as ye see. Now be ye not stiff necked, as your fathers were; but yield yourselves unto the LORD, and enter into His sanctuary, which He hath sanctified forever, and serve the LORD your God, that His fierce anger may turn away from you.
For if ye turn back unto the LORD, your brethren and your children shall find compassion before them that led them captive, and shall come back into this land; for the LORD your God is gracious and merciful, and will not turn away His face from you, if ye return unto Him.’
So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh, even unto Zebulun; but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them.
Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem.”
In 2 Chronicles chapter 34:9, in the time of King Josiah, who ruled Judah in the years 649-609, the author of the book, tells a story about contributions made by the descendants of the tribes Menash and Ephraim, and the remnant of the Israelite kingdom in Samaria, to the decontamination of the Palace in Jerusalem:
2 Chronicles chapter 34:9 - “And they came to Hilkiah the high priest, and delivered the money that was brought into the house of God, which the Levites, the keepers of the door, had gathered of the hand of Manasseh and Ephraim, and of all the remnant of Israel, and of all Judah and Benjamin, and they returned to Jerusalem.”
From here we can learn, that most of the Israelites – people of Samaria, stayed in the area and were not exiled by the Assaryan. We can also learn that they adhered to Samaria and didn’t feel they belonged to Jerusalem and neither to its population.
It’s also interesting to see, that those who humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem, became a “Real Israelite”, and were accepted by the Jews, in contrast with those who have remained in Samaria.”
A distant relative, Benjamin Tsedaka, an internationally known scholar of the Samaritans, in a recent AP article, he stated that despite the “seductions” of secular society, only 3 percent of the Samaritan young people leave the group. “Sofi gave in to the seductions…We don’t throw them out, but we’d rather they don’t come.” Yet, as Benyamin in response to her new musical album, it might help generate new interest in the Samaritans. “Sofi is providing a service to us with her talent and beauty, but that doesn’t mean we welcome her with open arms.”
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Yet even Benjamin Tsedaka may have to concede to the great divide between the dwindling people of the Ancient Samaritans. After 3,000 years, since the inaugural celebrations of the United Kingdom of Israel, when the G-d of Israel was actively involved in the construction of Solomon’s Temple, the presence of the Shekinah Glory in the Holy of Holiest and the daily bolt of fire upon the offerings in the daily sacrifices to the L-rd were truly evidence of the Divine pleasure upon the House of G-d built upon Mount Moriah in Jerusalem.
The fact that the Samaritans, even to this day, are seeking to legitimize this great divide between the Samaritans and the Orthodox Jews, is also suggestive that the humility of Moses and Aaron have not dwelt upon the people even to this day. This great divide will have to be rectified on a spiritual plane, yet may only take place when the “days of the Messiah” have come and the Almighty One of Israel will no longer remain hidden. There is no doubt that HaShem will place His seal of divine approval upon the Mechoquek and the Oral Torah they have so zealously sought to preserve its sacred writings.
In the year of 2013, Benyamin Tsedaka’s long awaited, “The Israelite Samaritan Version of the Torah” was released for publication. For the first time, we now have an English translation of both the Samaritan Torah and the Jewish Torah. This translation highlights over 6000 differences (3000 significant differences) between the Samaritan Israelite Pentateuch and the Jewish Masoretic Torah.
Noted scholars assisting in this notable translation included, Professor Charlesworth of Princeton University, Professor Emanuel Tov of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Professor Steven Fine of Yeshiva University in the New York City. One asks the question, were any of the notable rabbis in Jerusalem, Israel or abroad also involved in the translation comparisons?
Is the purpose of the Samaritan Version of the Torah to try to mend and rectify the breaches between the Samaritans and the Jewish rabbanim in Israel? If not, then the soon coming Messiah will have to bridge the breeches that may also impose the judgments of the Divine Architect of the Universe upon the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel who seek judgment upon the Jews and refuse to shake the hand of brotherhood in humility preparing for the Era of the Messiah to seal HaShem approval, for it was He who gave the Torah to the Nation of Israel at the mount of Sinai.
The scholarly translation now opens the investigation by Jewish scholars called the Mechoquek, the G-d appointed legal judiciary who are the guardians of the Written Torah and the interpreters of the Oral Torah. This will also open up the inquiry of the Samaritan Pentateuch’s ties to the Dead Sea Scrolls and the ties to the Septuagint called the “Translation of the Seventy” (70 Jewish scholars) in the 3rd to the 2nd century BCE. This was later historical event was sponsored by the Greek-Egyptian ruler, Ptolemy II that translated the Hebrew TaNaKh (Hebrew Old Testament) from Hebrew to Koine Greek, the lingua franca of Alexandria, Egypt and the Western Mediterranean region of that era.
The story of the former Samaritan, the authentic descendant of the Tribe of Ephraim, now the Orthodox Jew, Sofi Sarah Tsedaka, is a story in a microcosm of what may occur in just a few more months due to the continuous decay and chaos in the international world of “peace and safety”. On the other hand, the story of Sofi Sarah Tsedaka, is a true story of the reclamation, redemption and restoration of one Lost Israelite who as an inductee into the Israeli IDF was also taught about Judaism and became an Orthodox Jew.
This story will be retold a million fold in the upcoming months as the era of the Messiah looms closer into our spiritual horizon. It will not be a part of the collective wisdom of man seeking to serve his own destiny, but the slow unveiling of the One G-d of Israel who with the “Voice of the Turtledove” will woo and bring his errant children, Jews and Lost Ten Tribers alike for their final redemption to the new Gan Eden in the Land of Israel. Let us read the words of the residing rabbi for Kol Ha Tor, Rabbi Avraham Feld as he describes this Divine mission unfolding in front of our eyes.
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Rabbi Avraham Feld – “The saintly and great Chassidic Rebbe, Rav Menachem Mendel of Kortzk, once explained; just as people look so different, and appearances are varied, so are their ideas and overviews not alike. As one is not bothered by difference in appearances, so one need not be disturbed by differences in the way others think.
There can be little doubt that the current movement toward the original Jewish religion and culture among an ever-growing mass of non–Jewish Bible students across the word, must be the fulfillment of the multiple Prophecies contained in the Bibleregarding the future re-identification and return of the Lost Ten tribes of Israel.
This group is referred to throughout the TaNaKh as “The House of Israel”, as opposed to “The House of Judah.” (Refer to the “Restoration of the House of Israel”)…The return would have been must faster had it not been for major obstacles which strain closer relations between the two greatly –estranged Houses of Israel…
The House of Israel, meaning the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, currently consist of many people with Christian backgrounds who are experiencing a strong awareness and interest in Jewish religious tenets and culture. These people are gradually adopting various great teachings of Judaism, while many of them are totally unaware of the Prophetic reality of such a turnaround.
Through their study of the Bible, these people are also in a process of adopting and practicing the ancient and eternal principles of Judaism. Their spiritual evolutionary process, when they do become aware of its nature, draws them to learning about their biological, historical, cultural and religious heritage while developing the realization of possibly being part of the nation of Israel.
They are often totally unaware of this possible Hebraic heritage. These people are part of a Movement that is known as Messianic Israel, Two-House, Hebrew Roots, Restoration, Ephraim, Joseph, 10-Israel, etc. Many of these people are at different levels of coming out of Christianity and therefore are at different levels of understanding and of accepting or adopting their Israelite heritage…
10-Israel does not respect what Catholicism has to say and in fact they have the tendency to believe just the opposite. 10-Israel does not like to be called Christians, or G-d forbid, Catholic! They feel that they are in the process of coming out of pagan Christian indoctrination and are becoming the Israel that the Bible portrays and requires.
Many Rabbis and Jewish scholars believe that the Lost Tribes will specifically emerge from Christianity. Many of the emerging returnees, at this advanced sage, feel that they are on the road to ultimately accepting historic Orthodox, Sage-led Torah Judaism. In the meantime, they appreciate and enjoy the status of being the son of Noah, along with the rest of humanity. All Jews know and are very proud that they are descendants of Noah, specifically his righteous son Shem.”
The story of Sofi Sarah Tsedaka is a true story of the reclamation, redemption and restoration of one Lost Israelite who as an inductee into the Israeli IDF was also taught about Judaism and became an Orthodox Jew. This story will be retold in the upcoming months as the era of the Messiah looms closer into our spiritual horizon.
At that time, it will not be just one Israelite but millions in the face of World War III, where Russia and China may once again be antagonists again against America and NATO from the European Union, in the war that will design the fate of Iran’s nuclear ambitions that was created for one purpose; to finish the failed Holocaust of the Jews created by Haman the Agagite in the days of King Ahasuerus (King Cyrus the Great and Queen Esther). Here Haman sought to destroy forever the presence of Jewish people living in the Land of Persia in a massive genocide designed for their permanent destruction. This story has been told and retold by BibleSearchers Reflections and Destination Yisrael in the following articles titled:
You might want to Read the Destination Yisrael articles titled:
“The Archangel Gabriel: The Persian Ram’s demise will be at the Time of the End” – August 18, 2010
“American, NATO and Sunni Muslim Allies prepare for War against Shiite Iran – November 16, 2010
“Who is Daniel's Aerial Imperial Power called the He-Goat“ – January 18, 2012
“The Fate of Iran was given to the Rabbinic Sages Centuries Ago – February 15, 2012
You might want to Read: BibleSearchers Reflection Series:
Daniel’s Vison of the Ram and the He-Goat
Daniel 8 – The Epic War of Civilizations between the Golden Internationale and the Red Internationale
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The Globalist Red Internationale Axis – Greater Mongolian Dynasty of Russia, China and Persia
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The Influence of the Persian Ram upon the Modern Islamic Shi’ite Nation of Iran
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The G-d of Israel proclaimed that there are only two groups of people who will be restored back into covenant with Him, the Jews of the House of Israel and the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel. Both families, the Jews and the Israelites were scattered across the face of the earth and would become HaShem emissaries incognito sent to elevate the 70 nations of the world, so that even Righteous Gentiles could become part of the covenant.
Even the children of Ishmael still rooted in Islam, the children of the Lost Ten Tribes who today are now Buddhist, or the Lost Ten Tribes who today call themselves Christians will be assimilated into the Jewish culture. This will be because deep in their hearts they are known by the Divine to be “safe to save” and willing to live in peace with their brothers; all descendants of the Patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Only the G-d of Israel knows who they are.
We are quickly being polarizing a world in which there will be only two choices; we are either for the Hebrew Israelites; both now part of the Jews of the house of Judah and the Lost Israelites of the House of Israel or we will be against them. This comes to one sobering conclusion, if you are a descendant of the Lost Ten Tribes of the House of Israel, whether Muslim, Buddhist or Christian, and you still despise your brothers, the Jews, you may be left outside, not redeemed to participate in the coming “Era of the Messiah” even though you think you want to be a part of them.
If you have wondered how biblical prophecy fits into your life, and how it will affect the Return of the House of Israel, then the G-d of Israel is beginning his “call” to bring you home, too. You might desire to reconnect with the Biblical portrayals on what is and may be happening in your near future. This Biblical portrayal includes Prophecies that the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel are about to return to the Land of their Biblical Inheritance. This is Divine Destiny in living reality as the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel return to their Homelands first in Shomron (Samaria), Israel.
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