By Rivkah Lambert Adler, BIN—
When Christians seek to live, as best they can, according to the Torah, how should Jewish people react? And does it have any implications for the ultimate redemption?
This inspiring new phenomenon is found today all over the globe. In Aqaba, Jordan, a community of approximately 70 non-Jews is striving to live a Bible-oriented life. Like thousands of Christians around the world, members of this community believe, based on DNA evidence and family name searches among other things, that they are the physical descendants of the residents of the Northern Kingdom who were exiled from Israel by the Assyrians in the 8th century BCE.
There is no official name for the movement of which the 70 people in Aqaba are part. They are variously called Ephraimites, Ten Tribers, Hebrew Roots, B’ney Yosef, or Torah-observant gentiles.
One thing is certain. They know that they are not Jews.
Valerie Parham, who has been living in Aqaba since 2005, told Breaking Israel News that the members of her community “love Israel, love the people, love keeping Torah as we can understand it. We personally feel much more affinity with Judaism than Christianity.” At the same time, converting to Judaism is not a goal.
Read more at http://www.breakingisraelnews.com/75368/christians-striving-live-biblically-oriented-lives/#yKW0dRcjJ2rZpBlC.99