My stay in Kibbutz Ramat Yohanan, where I served as a kibbutz volunteer for five months in 1982-1983, he blessed me with memories that I will treasure for a lifetime. One such experience occurred immediately after our volunteers’ trip to the Golan Heights. While we were there, near the old Syrian bunker overlooking the Sea of Galilee, I saw an eagle in the sky with a snake in its talons and I pointed out that everyone was in awe and oh and aaah! I love God’s good creation.
While eating breakfast with 10 other people, all kibbutzniks except a volunteer girl from France, in the kitchen of the Matgeria – the chicken incubator where the eggs were stored, the chicks were hatched, then inoculated and sent to Europe (David, a Moroccan Jew, used to make the best shukshuka) – I used my very limited Hebrew to mention how the volunteers had just visited Ramot HaGolan (the Golan Heights). He was very happy to have seen some of the biblical heritage of shevet menashe ben yosef (the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph), especially since the descendants of Menashe today are American. I said, “Yosef lo Yehudi”. Joseph is not a Jew!
Immediately there was a stir, a conversational commotion, and I asked the French girl who spoke Hebrew what was going on. He said that everyone was debating whether Joseph was Jewish or not. They all started saying to me, “You need to talk to Professor Karniel, you need to speak to Professor Karniel.” I said, “Who is Professor Karniel?” I was informed that he was a professor at the University of Haifa who lived in Ramat Yohanan and knew the Bible. I said, “If you know the Bible, then you will know the difference between Joseph and Judah.”
It so happened that Professor Tzvi Karniel’s wife was there and she said she would talk to her husband and make an appointment to meet. We met and Professor Karniel was very nice and said that he understood the difference between Joseph and Judah, but was curious as to why I believed that Joseph was not Jewish. I explained why and gave him a copy of The United States and Great Britain in Prophecy by Herbert W. Armstrong and The Plain Truth magazine. He said that his class was now discussing the story of Joseph, and knowing how God can work, I wouldn’t be surprised if he mentioned what I said about the United States. Menashe’s prophesied GRAN NACION single (Genesis 48:19). He said he could come back for more conversations.
Later I was also invited to have coffee and chat at the kibbutz home of a widower who was present for breakfast and seemed adamant that Joseph was Jewish. God also blessed our meeting.
Blessed be the God of Joseph and Judah! May the modern identity of our twelve tribes continue to be restored and the reconciliation process fulfilled. I am happy to help in any way I can so that everyone knows that, “I’m José your brother!”
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