Nehemiah Chapter 10, Records The Covenant of Faith and Those Who Committed to Follow The Torah

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In this Chapter of Nehemiah we will read about all of those who by Faith chose to follow all of what The Torah Teaches. The Laws, that were neglected and they gave their pledge to walk in them and uphold all of them. The Spirit of Repentance(Teshuvah) follows with the resolve of Nehemiah The Governor, Zedekiah and The People, to Change their old ways of neglect, and Renew their Spiritual Connection to The Holy Land.

First there is a list of 83 signatories of The Covenant of Faith(The Bris Amanah) with a seal. The Temple tax is established as one-third shekel because of the economy, down from Exodus 20:13-14 of one-half shekel, which was the same later is in New Testament Times.

It brings up The Oath, Intermarriage and The Sabbath. The Mitzvos, The Wood Offerings, The Firstborn, The First of Your Dough(Challah) and The First Fruits(Terumah) and Tithing.

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lost tribes of Israel

Actually, I should have said this at the beginning of my first post:

I am Jewish in so far as I was born to a Jewish family and given a Jewish education.

Culturally that is where my roots are.

However, eight years ago I joined my unprogrammed Quaker Meeting, as a Jewish Quaker.

My faith is Quaker, my cultural background Jewish.

Whatever you call me, I have no special insight, and anyone willing to read what is available can learn what I know and much much more.

Now for the lost tribes:

There are many speculations but nobody really has a definitive answer:

Here is the Wikipedia article on the subject which also starts with a disclaimer and invites more information:

You may also find this wikipedia article on the Falasha of Ethiopia to be interesting:

When I was growing up we were taught to think of the Jewish world in terms of Israel, or laity, Levites with special ritual functions and considered to be descended from the tribe of Levi (those with names such as Levy are descendant from that line) and Kohen, or the priestly line.

Because of the rescue of Ethiopian Jews, referred to as Falashas or strangers by other Ethiopians, something which happened in our lifetimes,

many more questions were raised.