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Bnei Menashe – Sons of Mannasah

Ten Tribes Beyond the Sambatyon Rabbi Mordechai Hochman

Isaiah the Prophet prophesies about the future redemption (49:8-9):

“Thus says the Lord, In an acceptable time have I heard you, and in a day of salvation have I helped you; and I will preserve you, and give you for a covenant of the people, to restore the land, and to assign desolate inheritances to their owners. That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth; to those who are in darkness, Show yourselves. They will feed in the ways, and their pastures will be in all high places”

This prophecy is clarified in the Midrash (Yalkut Shimoni, Yeshayahu 269):

“What is meant by the words ‘That you may say to the prisoners, Go forth’? Three exiles were experienced by Israel: one was exiled to the Sambatyon River; one was exiled beyond the Sambatyon River – and it is the same distance from the Land of Israel to the Sambatyon as it is from the Sambatyon to this place; and one was exiled to Antioch and was absorbed there.”

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