Naomi Shubert posted a comment · Jul 11, 2018
I know this is an old post but I felt I had to say something because of the very recent video I saw with Rabbi Rozenberg (I believe) talking about the attempt to locate where the tribes are.. Although it may sound far fetched, the British Israel theory is based I believe on some truth at least with regard to many of the Welsh and possibly also some of the Scottish and Irish and English inhabitants of the British Isles, although we are a mixed race, especially in the Eastern counties of Britain. Wales is known in Welsh as Cwmru - but it is phonetically pronounced as Kumri. This is the same phonetically as the Assyrian name for Israel, Khumri which translates as 'House of Omri'. In addition to this, the Welsh people themselves have a tradition they are one of the lost tribes although it is frequently only talked about by cranks. My grandmother called her still born baby boy Omri. She was a devout Christian and I always wondered why.. as he was one of the wicked kings of Israel and the reason was because it is a fairly popular name (or has been in the past) in Wales and her husband was a very proud Welshman (who never spoke a word of English until he was 13 as Welsh was his first language. There is really nothing about this on the internet.. It just says it is a Hebrew name. But anybody who is Welsh knows of this in their context as a traditional Welsh name- not a Hebrew name. The religiousness (and also for some enthusiastic spiritism and following of the occult which still persists ) of the Welsh people, their traditions of music, hospitality and nationhood and their claimed identity in the past with the people of Israel (David Lloyd George was responsible for the Balfour declaration which led to the creation of the State of Israel) and in the past their ancient association with the Celtic church (which kept the Saturday Sabbath and Mosaic food laws - many of whose adherents were slaughtered by the Catholic Church ) - all these facts are known. The theory of some of the tribes ending up there just cannot be dismissed out of hand. The DNA evidence is based on a changing view of how DNA evolves and is passed on - but the latest view which I have personally read is that many individuals of the modern populations of Wales and Ireland do indeed have Fertile Crescent/ Middle Eastern (which includes Israel) basis for their genetics. I can say for a fact that both my Welsh mother and her sister could have passed for Jewish due to their olive skin and dark eyes and my mother was assumed to be so on a number of occasions. And this is true also for a number of celebrities such as Tom Jones.