JACOB BECOMES ISRAEL

It’s time to end and put to rest the term “Jewish”. There is no such thing as a Jewish religion. No such thing as a Jew in the context of religion. It does not exist. There is much social and religious conditioning (a.k.a. brainwashing) that has to be undone because it’s very difficult for most of us to accept, embrace and, most important, comprehend that the word has zero meaning in the context of Moses, the Torah, the Zohar, and the arrival of the Messiah.

The word Judaism also does not exist in the Torah or within the thoughts and revelations of the ancient Kabbalists.

The word Jewish as a religion does not appear in the Torah. The Hebrew word Jew or Judah (Yehudi) refers to a tribe, not a religion.

The tribe of Benjamin does not refer to religion. The tribe of Dan is not the name of a religion. And the tribe of Judah (Yehudi) is not the name of a religion.

NO SUCH THING AS JEWISH

The true name of the people who Moses led out of Egypt and who are supposed to embrace the pathways and teachings of the Torah generation after generation is “Israelite” or the “Children of Israel.” Which leads to a question: If there is no such thing as Jewish, then what about all those Jewish organizations out in there world? Well, for starters, most have been founded and are run by self-appointed people who, on their own accord, decided to become spokespersons even though no one asked them to. Now, if you believe in the nonsense that you are Jewish, then you already fell into a trap and now you think that these people, right or wrong, are speaking on your behalf when you read about them in the news. Whether they have a right to talk for you is a separate matter for the moment. Make no mistake, they have zero right to speak for anyone, except those people who allow them to speak. But the fact is, there is no Biblical group known as a Jewish people.

And the Torah and the Kabbalists tell us that no one, but no one, knows who is a true Israelite except for the Messiah and Elijah the Prophet. Fact is, there are tens of millions of Christians all over the world who are true Israelites, whose families over the centuries assimilated and converted to Christianity and they lost their connection to their genetic and spiritual roots. Now get ready for this one — there are many people in the world, according to the Torah, who are not true Israelites, even though they call themselves Jewish. They are actually descendants from the ancient group of people who the Torah calls “the mixed multitude” or “Erev Rav” in Hebrew.

WHO ARE THE MIX MULTITUDE?

The Zohar says these groups of “Jews” or Mix Multitude are the ones who “Build Yeshivas (religious schools) and synagogues and they put a crown on top of the Torah but they do it for their own honor, praise and profit.”  According to the Zohar, they are the cause of all chaos, destruction and hatred in the world.

These are strong words. These are difficult truths. And if you are offended by them, please do not complain to me. I am just repeating the teachings of Zohar and the Kabbalists and trust me, I am holding back a lot of other frightening comments from the Kabbalists of history, and the Zohar.

What then is an Israelite?

Who is an Israelite?

The Torah and the Zohar portion of Vayishlach tell us that Jacob the Patriarch battled the negative angel of his brother Esav. Jacob battled all night long and finally defeated the angel. The Zohar says this angel was none other than the dark force the Torah calls “The Satan”, which means literally, “The Adversary”.

After Jacob defeats the angel, the Torah suddenly changes Jacob’s name.

To what?

Israel.

Israel is the name of Jacob AFTER he conquers the angel of his brother Esav.

Well, the Zohar also tells us there is no devil and no horned creature who creates evil in the world. “The Adversary” is our own ego, the dark counter-intelligence that battles us each and every day. How? For instance, we want to be happy, but this force conjures up worry, sadness and fear within us. Where do you think our fears and anxieties and anger come from?

Why, if there is a problem in life, do we immediately begin worrying instead of feeling invincible? Who programmed us that way? Why is doubt, pessimism and worry the so-called natural response to a difficult obstacle? Why is fear and stress the innate human reaction to real problems?

Only one reason—the Satan.

The ego.

Here’s another example: We want to be optimistic about our life, but this counter-intelligence and adversary arouses feelings pessimism and uncertainty and downright depression. Why is it so easy to feel depression and anxiety and so darn difficult to feel naturally happy and ecstatic and full of bliss and optimism?  How about those moments when we decide that we want to start eating right and begin living healthier lives? Only a few hours later this force whispers into our head, “start the diet next week, eat the chocolate cake and the double burger right now.”

This counter-intelligence that ruins our lives and undermines all of our good intentions, is the ego or the force called The Adversary.

The Zohar says that Jacob’s fight was actually against the Satan himself, the root of all human ego. You see, the story is about us. We are Jacob. And the angel or Satan is our own stupid ego that sabotages our life.

Now here’s a big secret:

THE LONG LOST SECRET BEHIND THE WORD “ISRAELITE”

We just discovered that Jacob’s name was changed to Israel AFTER he beat the living daylights out of the angel Satan. Follow this closely: The name Jacob in Hebrew (Yaakov ) has a numerical value of 182. The Hebrew word “Satan” has a numerical value of 359. By defeating Satan, Jacob literally conquers the Adversary and recaptures all of the Light that was lost to him. Therefore, Jacob adds Satan’s  numeric value to his own name.

Now he acquires a new name: Israel.

Guess what? The numerical value of Israel is—541!

Get it?

Jacob (182) and Satan (359) = 541, the exact same value as the word “Israel”.

This is an amazing secret and profound understanding. This is why the Twelve Tribes that descended from Jacob are called, The Twelve Tribes of Jacob and/or the Twelve Tribes of Israel. Israel IS Jacob. And Jacob won the name Israel by winning the fight over the Satan, the ego, the inborn self-interest and darkness inside all of us, especially those who descend from Jacob. They are known as the Hebrew tribes. They are not known as Jewish people.

And when these Hebrew tribes and all of their descendants use the Torah to transform and defeat their own darkness and ego, they too win the name of Israelite, just as the father and patriarch of the twelve tribes Jacob did.

An Israelite is anyone who defeats the Satan, conquers the ego, recapturing all the blessings and Light that were handed over to the dark side by using the path of Torah. This is why an Israelite never, but never, points the finger of blame at anyone else. There is no outside enemy. Any enemy that despises a so-called “Jewish person”, is simply a direct reflection and a mirror image of the internal ego and Satan of the individual person—you and I. Period.

When we defeat our inner Satan and ego and all of the self-interest and victimhood that goes along with it—just as when Jacob defeated the negative angel earning the name Israel—we too becomes an Israelite in both body and soul. And then the external enemies will transform and love the Israelites and cherish the Israelites and there will be peace on earth.

That’s how the game of life works.

We are not here to be Jews and live inside some Jewish religion. We are here to become Israelites by following the Torah and living its teachings. The path of the Torah and the technology and Light of Zohar are the ONLY tools on earth that have the power to transform people into Israelites. There is no other way to reign in the ugly, pathetic ego of man.

Whoever decides to live the teachings and walk the path of the Torah, this person is on the path to becoming an Israelite.

But the force called Satan created the idea of religion and the concept of “Jewish” and it confuses the hell out of us. It’s probably confusing and bothering a lot people right now reading this blog. That’s because  we have been brainwashed for 2000 years.

Over these last twenty centuries, the Kabbalists attempted to bring this provocative truth and wisdom to the people. Every time they tried, the Mixed Multitude unleashed a torrent of hatred and opposition against them. Though the numbers of the Mixed Multitude were few, their voices were loud; their positions in society, extremely influential. The Zohar says that the Mix Multitude are in the religious schools, the religious establishment, the government, the religious courts of law, the halls of justice, the synagogues, and they control all the power and wealth.

Please remember, these are the words of Rav Shimon Bar Yohai, not me! These words are in the Zohar.

However, please understand that we cannot point the finger at anyone, not even at the Mix Multitude, if we want to become a true student of Torah, Kabbalah and transform into an Israelite.

The way we weaken the power of negative people in the world is by weakening our own ego and learning to love unconditionally—even loving our enemies. I have to get rid of my own ugly, disgusting ego in order to prevent Light and power from reaching negative people who only seek to hurt others. They are not the problem. I am the problem. We are all the problem.

We need to starve negative people of power by diminishing our own self-interest, taking responsibility, losing the ego, and becoming a true Israelite.

This truth is why Jesus, Rabbi Akiva, Rabbi Ishmael, Rabbi Gamalial, and other great Kabbalists were slaughtered like lambs. They wanted to bring the power of Kabbalah to the world.

But it wasn’t time. Why not?

Because the regular people—like you and I—refused to become accountable and make the inner change necessary to eradicate self-interest, narcissism and egocentricity. Thus, this failure to change is what empowered the corrupt religious establishment to this very day.

We can change all that now. Once and for all. We can share the Zohar, diminish our ego, give up the selfishness, strive to be kinder and lose the victim mentality.

This week’s Torah portion of Vayishlach and the Zohar give us this power.

None of us have to be perfect. But if enough of us reduce the ego and take the pain a little bit, we can tip the scales and the true Israelites, the people of the Zohar, will bring tremendous Light to all the nations, as the Torah commands us to do, and we will witness and experience the End of Death and Pain and Suffering in our life time.

So the first act that we can perform that is guaranteed to hurt our ego is this: Lose the word Jewish for good, and start looking at people’s souls and our common spark of humanity, instead of their religion.

Start replacing the word Jew with Israelite and lets replace the word Judaism with “the path of Torah.”

The way we unite forever Christians, Muslims and Israelites is for us to lose the ego by losing the word Jewish and by winning the name Israelite by recapturing the Light lost to Satan.

We do that by getting rid of our own anger, self-interest, our egocentric opinions about others, especially those of other faiths, and by letting go of any discomfort we have about this article.

When we do this, we unleash a gigantic wave of Light that fills the souls of all mankind, which in turn, banishes the darkness and hatred that other people have for the Children of Israel.

What an amazing formula for peace!

Billy Phillips

Billy Phillips has been a student of Kabbalist Rav Berg and Karen Berg since 1989. He has been instrumental in helping to make Kabbalah accessible for the masses working on both private and public projects under the guidance of Kabbalist Rav Berg. He has lectured on a variety of topics, most notably the profound connection between Kabbalah, Christianity, Islam and the world of Science.

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47 Responses

  1. Miriam Kramer says:

    This is amazing and you have a lot of courage to write this . Thank you , you are an inspiration to me
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  2. Cecil Norman says:

    Love it.

    Your interpretations of Kabbalah are inspiring

    This universal truth is known to many of many faiths and beliefs even if the words vary from Bible to Torah to Kabbalah to Upinshads to Koran to the teachings of Buddha and so forth.

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  3. Larry says:

    Billy, pretty earthshaking post this morning. As one of the brain-washed, I thank you for this thought provoking article. I really need to know more about the Zohar.

  4. luisa says:

    Billy, first i want to know why the name satan is higher than Jacob, i mean , the number . 182 + 359 = Israel (541) . I wish this number was at least equal . you understand me ?
    2 – I think you could do a film with this words . People in general dont know nothing about Jacob , Isaac , Abraham , 12 tribes , moses … etc…. how they could undestand it ? I see even the kabbalah students dont know nothing about Torah or Bible …. I am asking for help to share wisdom … love & light

    • Mark Upshaw says:

      You can think of Jacob as being a representation Self Consciousness and Esau as a representation of Subconsciousness. The power to fashion forms, tangible results, comes from the subconscious programming. The subconscious like a vast sea of potential while self consciousness is like a single ray of light. Hence, the number for Jacob would be less than the number of Esau using this model.

      However, more truths can be drawn from the letters of each name and by their reduction. Esau (3+5+9) reduces to 8 the cube of the reduction of Jacob (1+8+2) 2.

  5. Michael Felsburg says:

    Kick A$$ piece!

  6. Lindy says:

    Awesome!!!

  7. Leah says:

    WOW! If this article was an earthquake it would be 10.0 on the Richter scale for shaking up people. What you have said gets to the core of transformation and bringing peace to this world. Thank you for sharing these powerful insights and formulas with us.

  8. Gracias por inspirarme a dar y ser lo mejor de mi, gracias por devolverme las ganas de vivir

  9. Faith says:

    great article completely new insight which if we can embrace can change our destiny for ever. light and love Billy and thank you for sharing the Light with us. Siyabonga!

  10. Skynet says:

    Doesn’t it say in the scroll of Esther there was a Jewish man in Shushan the capital Mordechai son of Yair?

    • No. It says there was a man from the tribe of Yehuda. It uses the word Yehudi to describe what tribe Mordechai descended from. It is not speaking of religion.

    • Skynet says:

      His father was from the tribe of Benjamin though.

    • Hi mother was Yehudi. The Talmud explores this and debates whether Mordechai is from the tribe of Yehudi (mother) or Father (Benjamin). the point is, the Talmud is debating about which tribe NOT a religion. There is no religion called Judaism or Benjaminism. These are tribal terms, not religious terms. The Torah uses the word Israelite and Children of Israel. That is the bottom line.

    • Skynet says:

      So the term Jewish as a nation / religion became post diaspora. I’ll choose Israel any day.

    • Skynet says:

      Rabbi Ashlag wrote that had Israel killed Esau instead of Judah it would bring the end of correction.

  11. Orah Sofer says:

    Can we get the sources in the Zohar? Thanks

    • Zohar Portion of Beresheet (Genesis). Section 20. Here is a sample: “They, this group of the mixed multitude, build synagogues and Yeshivot, putting the scroll of the Torah and a crown upon its top, as described in the verse: “Let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach to heaven.” But it is not done in the name of Hashem. Instead, it is done to make themselves a name, as it is written: “And let us make us a name.” The children of the Other Side, overcame Yisrael, who are blessed to be like the dust of the earth. They rob them, shattering their work, the synagogues and Yeshivot that they had built. Of them, it is written: “And the waters prevailed exceedingly upon the earth” (Beresheet 7:19), which means that the Klipot and the Other Side, which are called waters, destroyed the earth as they expanded. This third group in the mixed multitude…”

    • Regarding Israel’s role as the heart, read the Zohar portion of Pinchas, Section 25 & 68. Here is a sample: “The second question ASKED BY THAT GENTILE, IS THUS: FOR surely we are closer to the Supernal King than any of the other peoples. This must be so for the Holy One, blessed be He, made Yisrael the heart of the whole world, and the relationship of Yisrael to the other nations is as that of the heart to other parts of the body. And just as the other parts of the body do not last, even for a moment, without the heart, so it is that none of the other peoples can exist in the world without Yisrael. Jerusalem, too, has the same relationship with the other countries, being as the heart to the parts of the body, which is why it is in the center of the whole world just as the heart is in the center of the limbs.”

      “…And after the heart, which is Jacob, NAMELY ZEIR ANPIN, takes the clear blood which is at the top, and the liver, which is Esau, NAMELY SAMAEL, remains in the waste matter OF THE BLOOD, it is angered at it with the gall, which is Gehenom (Hell)

      “…And since the anger awakens from it, FROM THE GALL, towards the liver, the sages taught in the Mishnah: Anyone who is angry is as though he worshipped idols. And furthermore, any burning up and heat that comes with any of the illnesses of the parts of the body is only from the gall, FOR, AT THE TIME OF ILLNESS it engulfs the arteries of the liver in flames and wishes to burn up the whole body. It is like a storm in the sea and its waves reach up to the skies and want to break out of their limits and destroy the world., which was created on the second day OF THE WORK OF CREATION, THE LIVER BEING the death of all the adults, while THE GALL is the wicked female OF SAMAEL, which is called ‘a strange fire’, ‘hard bondage’, and ‘idolatry’…”

  12. Ash says:

    So if there is no Jewish people and an “Israelite” is a Kabbalistic code for anyone who overcomes Satan, then what’s the point of a “Nation of Israel” and the whole Israel/Palestine conflict and Zionism etc. Who are the people claiming they “need to return” to their “homeland” in order to bring about the redemption and “Messiah”? I wonder if this would mean Israel should stop displacing Palestinians in order to make room for “Jewish Settlements” because their really is no such thing as “Jewish”?

    • There is an Israelite Nation, as explained in the Torah and the Land of Israel is the energy center of the world and the place that the Israelites will return to. However, Israel is first, and foremost a state of consciousness not a physical state per se. What that means is FIRST comes the state of consciousness called Israelite, which means Love Thy Neighbor. Period. Once the Israelites achieve that state, THEN comes the physical Land of Israel to generate Light and blessings for the entire world. Even better, the entire world will then become “spiritualized” and the borders of Israel will extend throughout the world, according to Kabbalah.
      The only way a person can achieve a perfected state of consciousness called Love Thy Neighbor, or Israelite, is by walking the true path of Torah which is designed to transform our selfish consciousness into one that loves his fellow man. its lifelong work. The whole purpose of the observances, holidays, Sabbath etc is to uproot our self interest and ego and transform us into loving, caring human beings.

      Until we get there, the physical Land of Israel cannot do its job properly and THIS is why there is bloodshed there instead of a land overflowing with Light to nourish the entire world.

  13. Ash says:

    That’s interesting, thank you for that. I can see it is important that people accept unconditional love and defeating the ego which is being molded into humans by backwards and selfish political forces as a means of creating a tolerable future! Too many children are brainwashed with hatred for the other races/”religions” instead of being educated on their consciousness which underlies and unifies all life. Sometimes it feels like we can but only dream…

  14. Brian says:

    Amazing!!! Great story, great exposition! Thanks brother!!

  15. Wagdon says:

    I have a question for you Billy and before I ask I want to say that this web site has amazing truths in it but this article something has struck me and I need clarity from this.

    Genesis 32:22-32
    King James Version (KJV)
    22 And he rose up that night, and took his two wives, and his two womenservants, and his eleven sons, and passed over the ford Jabbok.

    23 And he took them, and sent them over the brook, and sent over that he had.

    24 And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.

    25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him.

    26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me.

    27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob.

    28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.

    29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

    30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

    31 And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.

    32 Therefore the children of Israel eat not of the sinew which shrank, which is upon the hollow of the thigh, unto this day: because he touched the hollow of Jacob’s thigh in the sinew that shrank.

    Here are ask you to explain to me so I can understand, I am not saying you wrong but I am understanding a very different story in the Torah.

    If we accept that the MAN Is SATAN that Jacob wrestles against then we can understand the following, but it raises questions.

    (Jacob wrestles with a man who is Satan until daybreak) verse 24

    (Jacob prevails against this man and this man touches Jacobs thigh and it becomes out of joint) verse 25 this man is Satan

    (Then he been this man satan says to jacob let me go but Jacob says he will not unless this man (satan) blesses him) verse 26

    Then Satan renames Jacob to Israel? For Jacob has struggled with God and humans?

    Then verse 29 and 30 says that Satan blesses Jacob and that he is a God?

    Can the satan (ego) which we overcome bless anyone? Can satan bless? According to this article yes, but Torah does not agree, please show me if I am missing anything?

    Thx

    • All I can share is the Kabbalistic understanding. When we defeat our ego (code name Satan) and we transform the negative into positive, that negative now helps us because its been transformed. We are using our ego for the sake of sharing, using it to motivate us and drive us, but this time, for the sake of sharing instead of taking for ourselves. This is what it means when its says Satan will bless us. We convert the negative into positive.

  16. Wagdon says:

    Thank you for your reply we all have a lot to learn, thanks for one amazing web site.

  17. Wagdon says:

    Hi Billy I found a very helpful article, I would like to post it here so all can see, it does fully agree with what you say, I’m just like shocked I never heard ever that it was Satan Jacob wrestled with although it never says Jacob wrestled with God and this has always puzzled me how can a man win a match of wrestling against God and today on this Sabbath day I finally know it was not God but the satan

    Here is the article someone asks a rabbi

    Who did Jacob really wrestle with in the Bible?

    Q. I’m confused about who wrestled with Jacob the night before he was to meet with his brother Esau. My NIV bible states it was GOD himself. My Chumash (Sages commentary) states it may have been Satan that wrestled with Jacob. If it was Satan why did he give Jacob the name Israel and why would Jacob ask Satan to bless him? If it was GOD, what was the purpose for the confrontation?

    A. Good question.

    Without a doubt, this section is indeed one of the most difficult to understand in the Bible.

    The identity of Jacob’s assailant has been the subject of over 2000 years of speculation. Jacob didn’t know who ambushed him. He assumed it was a man; from Jacob’s view, his assailant could have been anyone — maybe even Esau himself! As the wrestling match continued, Jacob finally realized that he was fighting with an angel. The Midrash identifies the mysterious assailant as the guardian spirit of Esau.

    The battle between Jacob and the angel represents the archetypal struggle between good and evil. Some of the Hellenistic Judaic thinkers suggest this entire episode reflected an inner struggle within Jacob’s own soul, and may have even occurred in a dream or vision. Given the surreal nature of the narrative I think this clearly was the case. Jacob’s struggle with the angel in has the qualities of a visionary experience.

    God wanted Jacob to know that Esau was not his real enemy, rather, Jacob’s himself! The angelic being Jacob wrestled was really a symbolization of himself. Once he learned to resolve his inner conflict, dealing with Esau would prove quite easy.

    When the Sages described the mysterious assailant as Satan, they wished to convey an important symbolic lesson. In the Tanakh, Satan is not an enemy of God, nor is he a “fallen angel” — such a notion is a Christian myth. God uses Satan to test the moral caliber of a man, and in this case,

    Again, let me reiterate that God uses Satan to help Jacob realize that his real enemy is none other than himself!

    Sun Tzu (6th–5th century BCE.) may have expressed this idea best in his Art of War, (ch. 3, Axiom:):

    “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

    Rabbi Dr. Michael Samuel
    http://rabbimichaelsamuel.com/2009/03/who-did-jacob-really-wrestle-with-in-the-bible/

  18. John Magugu says:

    What a crock of shit I just read. The word Jew comes from multiple iterations of Yehudah (Judah), one of the two remaining tribes of Israel after it split into two kingdoms. And since the rest of the remaining Israelites were Levites who are bestowed a separate position in Judaism and Jewish culture, the word Jew is appropriate. Am Israel are the descendants of Israel, and this does not necessarily mean they practice Judaism; whereas the word Jew can either mean someone who practices Judaism, or someone of the Israelite bloodline. This is some pretty basic stuff

    • Hi John,

      Thanks for writing. Your points are not valid in respect to the point of the article and the teachings of the Zohar and Torah. The tribes are not a religion. But the Children of Israel, 600,000 people are the ones who received the path of Torah. Nowhere is there a mention of Judaism or Jew in regards to the receiving of the Torah and the path laid out by Moses. The Zohar, the soul of Torah and unquestionably the highest authority, never refers to Jew in the context of religion. It refers to the tribe of Yehuda. I invite you to check out the Zohar’s other reference and definition of Jew. I won’t share it publicly because it will cause a bigger uproar than this article.

  19. Celso M. Elemento says:

    Sir Billy where can we find in the Zohar or what volume in the Zohar that state Jews or Mix Multitude
    are the ones who “Build Yeshivas and synagogues and the put a crown on the top of the Torah. Thank you.

  20. Celso M. Elemento says:

    Thank you very much sir for answering my question. It is a great help for us when we start sharing the book of Zohar.

  21. I appreciate the sentiment but what do we do with Mordecai הַיְּהוּדִי (ha-Yehudi) the Jew (Esther 10:3)?

    • Your English translation is incorrect. Yehudi refers to the Tribe of Yehuda, not a religion. It’s a tribal designation. In modern terms it’s like saying Mort the Californian, referring to the state someone was born in. Has zero to do with religion. The Torah uses the word Israelite to describe the souls who stood at Sinai to receive the Torah. Period.

  22. Point well taken. Thank you.

  23. Interestingly according to Zohar Ra’aya Meheimna Ki Tetze (item 30 in the Sullam edition) there exists a שֵׁד יְהוּדִי (Shed Yehudi).

    • There are two uses for this term in the Zohar. One refers to the individual from the tribe of Yehuda. The other refers to negative people (demons) who use the Torah for evil purposes. This is well known among the scholars of Kabbalah. The one you found refers to the latter.

  24. Vicki Kitzen says:

    Dear Billy, It was explained to me by Imam Husainy, that the Koran refers to “Jews” as Yehudi when they weren’t behaving correctly. He also showed me on the Koran that they were also called B’nei Yisrael, Children of Israel when they were behaving. Interesting.

  25. TR says:

    So then the term “Christian” is a misnomer because Jesus was a Kabbalist and an Israelite, right?

  26. Menachem says:

    i believe you are wrong to state that the word Judaism doesn’t appear in the Torah.

    here are two examples:

    John 4:22

    You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews.

    Esther 8:17
    In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

    The Hebrew word in Esther 8:17 means to convert to the Jewish religion:

    יז וּבְכָל-מְדִינָה וּמְדִינָה וּבְכָל-עִיר וָעִיר, מְקוֹם אֲשֶׁר דְּבַר-הַמֶּלֶךְ וְדָתוֹ מַגִּיעַ, שִׂמְחָה וְשָׂשׂוֹן לַיְּהוּדִים, מִשְׁתֶּה וְיוֹם טוֹב; וְרַבִּים מֵעַמֵּי הָאָרֶץ, מִתְיַהֲדִים–כִּי-נָפַל פַּחַד-הַיְּהוּדִים, עֲלֵיהֶם. 17

    And in every province, and in every city, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, the Jews had gladness and joy, a feast and a good day. And many from among the peoples of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews was fallen upon them.

    • John is not the Torah. Esther is referring to the Tribe of Yehuda because they observed the Torah as Israelites and they encompassed all the other tribes. It’s tribal, not religion.

  27. Menachem says:

    Jacob wrestled with the angel of the Lord’s face which is Jesus.

    He also wrestled with his own inner demons called Satan.

  28. Gregory says:

    About word “Jewish”. People who came out of Egypt are called IVRI (Hebrews) by the Torah. Not children of Israel. Avraham was the first Hebrew. He was not Jewish. “Jewish” and “Judaism” starts after Mt.Sinai. Prior to that no one was Jewish. This is official orthodox contemporary point of view. English word “Jewish” denotes religion but often is used to denote race because it is “by mother” which is the biggest confusion: “Jew converted into Christianity is still a Jew”, “Israel is a Jewish country” (secular inclued by Hertzel but not if it’s religion), “You look Jewish”, etc. Emphasis on kabbalistic meaning of Israel is understandable. Note that Avraham was not Israel but Yaakov was Ivri. He also crossed the river.
    There is no point is fighting the name Judaism as it currently denotes certain religion (not tribe) in encyclopedia. “Israel” is the inner meaning of it – fine.

    • The word Hebrew is used when speaking of slaves. The term Bnei Yisrael (Children of Israel or Israelite) is used for the Israelites at Sinai, which embodies Jacob’s victory over the negative angel of Esav when he receives the name Israel. Jewish is never used in the Torah to denote a religion. Never. The path of Torah is called the Way of Torah and is the path given to Bnei Yisrael by Moses. The term Judah or Yehuda or Jew refers to the Tribe of Yehuda.

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