Raanan S Isseroff <raanan1@...>
I just want to say that I think this is an amazing forum. Most
Geneologies go back to Avraham, Yitzchok and Yaakov. But most people
aside >from Cohanim and Levi'im will never figure out where they really
come from. People who come >from Rabbonim or Rebbe-isher families are now
able to throw out our info and pool information and in only a few minutes
work and for little cost. One of the signs of the ending of each exodus
was for each tribe to figure out through documents and witnesses how they
were connected to that tribe. After we left Egypt, there was a counting
in the desert to establish who was who, >from which tribe and who were the
(This weeks parsha actually!)
This was before we were able to enter into the land of Israel.
Then later before the Jews left Bavel to return to Isreal and build the
Bais HaMikdosh there was again an establishment of our yichusim (our
As the gemara says that there were Cohanim, Leviim, Yisraelim, Mumserim,
People who had a Jewish mother and no established Jewish father, people
who were found as babies in the Jewish market place and were Jewish, but
were of uncertain parentage.
Truly, this is a sign of the ending of this golus too, which has been
much too long!
Yashar Koach to the cooks behind this forum!
Wishing you all a happy Shevuos,
Raanan S. Isseroff