By SHOSHANA RAPPEPORT
My name is Shoshana Rappeport, I am writing to you from Israel.
I have read your blog entry from Nov. 30, 2007 about the book: "Bina Mene: Connecting the Hebrews" by General Sir Paulias Matane.
You and the author note that there are connections between your language and Hebrew and Greek. This is most certainly true, and the truth is that all languages are related to Hebrew, it is the language closest to the original language that all humankind shared before the Tower of Babel when all languages were confused.
My husband and I learned about this after reading this book : "The Origin of Speeches" by Isaac Mozeson. We were first sceptical but in the years since we have gathered many hundreds of thousands of words from all over the globe that most certainly relate to the original language, the closest language to the original language today is Hebrew.
Greek seems to be very closely related to Hebrew- and it seems that Hebrew pre-dated the greek.
Most etymology entries in dictionaries are false, this is not a theory accepted by most language scholars but I can prove it beyond a shadow of a doubt- this is true. All languages come from one language close to Hebrew.
It does not surprise me that the language of the Bina tribe is related to Hebrew- this means that the Bible is true and we are all related as the human family.
The question is, are those tribes in papua New Guinea that say they are Jewish truly Jewish?
We will perhaps never know the definite answer to this question. The Jewish tradition that has been passed down for thousands of years has an answer for this:
In effect, it doesnt matter- what matters is the desire to join the Jewish people. If the Jewish Tradition has not been practiced for four generations at any point in the line and if the Jewish heritage is uncertain or unrecognised, then even if the person is Jewish a symbolic "conversion" process must be undertaken with a Beit Din (traditional Jewish court) to declare that the person would like to join (or re-join) the Jewish people.
To be a member of the Jewish people means being responsible for keeping 613 laws. It means not that you are a better person than the rest of humanity, but it means you have more responsibility for the rest of the world.
There is also an option in our tradition to be attached to Israel and be attached to the God of Israel and yet not keep all the laws that Jews must keep and the level of responsibility associated with it. This path is also loved by God and anyone who chooses this path and keeps only 7 laws as they should is just as loved by God as the High Priest in the Temple.
This is called "Bnei Noach" and these people choose to keep the seven laws given to Noah after the flood- laws that were known to humankind since the beginning of time and were given once more after the flood to all creation.
This is what the God of Israel wishes for all creation, the Jews were merely selected to keep knowledge of this until the time when the world was thirsting for this knowledge and unity once more. The truth shall and does go out from Zion.
If you know anyone who would like to learn more about what Judaism truly teaches, whether they would like to undergo a symbolic conversion and keep 613 laws, become a Bnei Noach and keep 7 laws, or just to learn, please feel free to pass on my contact information and I will help them to find a good and qualified teacher.
Mitzpe Ramon 80600
Psalm 97:1 The Lord has reigned, the earth will exult; many islands will rejoice.