November 6, 2008

  • Am I My Brother’s Keeper?

    Am I My Brother’s Keeper?



    The following was excerpted from an online book written and published for free on the internet by Rabbi Isidor Zwirn (of blessed memory) back in the 1990’s.  It was entitled “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”.  Rabbi Zwirn was affectionately known as “The Rabbi from Burbank” because of an autobiography of his life which had been published earlier by that title; and which detailed how he, as an Orthodox Jewish Rabbi, had come to discover that Yeshua HaNotzri (Jesus of Nazareth, or as Rabbi Zwirn would translate it, “Jesus the Preserver”) was indeed his Messiah.  Although the book was later republished by an alternate title “A Rabbi’s Search For Messiah”, it is yet still available under its original title: “The Rabbi From Burbank“.

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    His entire online book, “Am I My Brother’s Keeper”, is no longer available online.  However, here’s my favorite chapter from that book.  If you’re a Zionist Christian you’re going to love this, his twelfth chapter… be blessed.   




    Chapter Twelve




    Eternal Truth Number 12


    This chapter is devoted to our Eternal Lord’s plan of peace. Thus it is the perfect plan that was laid out prior to the creation of this universe. The natural order of events will surely be fulfilled. Note the word “Perfect” ascribed to our Supernal Living Lord. Everything HaShem does took eons and eons of years to plan ahead. If the God of Israel made one mistake, this whole universe would return to “Tohoo VaVohoo” [disorder, chaos]. Therefore rest assured that all other plans of peace made by imperfect created beings will never even begin to compare with our Lord’s “Eternal Covenant of Peace” revealed to Ezekiel in chapter 37 of his prophecy.


    I hope to guide readers to choose, as I have done, the one event that I believe “will renew the face of the earth”…

                                              Temple Crown

    This event is “the Coronation of the Eternal King over the people of Judah and Ephraim” which is now comprised of Jews and the Christians. Any one who does not hope to be invited to the greatest event in the history of the human race will surely not be invited. This is because they have not yet researched the destiny of the 12 tribes of Israel among the nations as recorded in Torah.






    An explanation of the divine destiny of the 12 tribes of Israel – Our Lord’s plan of peace for all humans as promised in Psalm 29 and prophesied in Ezekiel 37:


    Verse 15, 16: HaShem directs Ezekiel to “Take one stick and write upon it for Judah and his brethren of Israel. Then take another stick and write upon it for Joseph, the tree of Ephraim and his brethren of Israel”


    Verse 17: “and join one to the other to make them one stick so that they become one stick in your hand”


    Verse 18: “and when the children of your people speak and say to you, ‘Will you please tell us what does this action mean to you”?


    Verse 19: “Say to them, ‘Thus says HaShem, Behold I will take the stick of Joseph now in the hand of Ephraim and their brethren tribes of Israel and I will put them upon the stick of Judah and make them one stick so that they will be one in MY HAND”


    Verse 20: “and the stick upon which you wrote will be before their eyes, remaining in your hand.


    Verse 21: “Now say to them, ‘Thus says HaShem, I am taking the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone and I will gather them from every side and will bring them back to their own land.


    Verse 22: “and I will make them on nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to all of them. They will no longer be two nations. Neither will they be divided into two kingdoms anymore.”


    Verse 23: “Neither shall they defile themselves anymore with idols, detestable things and their transgressions. I will bring them salvation to all their dwelling places where they sinned. I will cleanse them so that they will be my people and I will be their God.”


    Verse 24: “My servant David will be king over them and they will have one shepherd. They will walk in my regulations, and observe and do my rules.”


    Verse 25: “Then they will dwell in the land which I gave to Jacob, my servant, where your patriarchs dwelt. They shall live there with their children and their children’s children forever.”


    Verse 26: “I will make for them a covenant of peace. It shall be an eternal covenant with them and I will establish them and multiply them. I will set my sanctuary in their midst forever.”


    Verse 27: My divine presence will be over them and I will be their God and they shall be my people.”


    Verse 28: “The nations shall know that I am the God that sanctifies Israel for my sanctuary will be in their midst forever.”


    In summary of HaShem’s Plan of Peace:


       1.Judah and Ephraim will become one nation once again. Thus fulfilling the promises made to the Patriarchs, Matriarchs and Israel’s prophets of truth. These promises state that all 12 tribes will remain eternal, just like HaShem’s covenants, Laws and truths found in Torah.

       2.HaShem will take the children of Israel from among the nations wherever they have gone, gather them and bring them back to their own land and make them “one nation upon the land of Israel”.

       3.One King will be king and Shepherd over the united 12 tribes of Israel, who in reality is The King of kings and the Lord of lords. “My servant David shall be king over them all” in verse 24, is referring to Yeshua as all three titles point messianically to Yeshua - “King”, “Shepherd” and “David”. Thus the 12 tribes will no longer be divided into two kingdoms as they were after King Solomon’s death.

       4.Reunited and reborn, Israel will be cleansed so that they will be God’s people and HaShem will be there only God forever.

       5.The 12 tribes of Israel shall receive a covenant of peace. It shall be to them an eternal covenant.

       6.Then all nations shall know that HaShem has sanctified the entire nation of Israel since God’s sanctuary will be in their midst forever establishing that God was faithful to his words and promises as recorded in Torah.


     Now all families of the earth will rush to become first class citizens of the Zionist State of Israel with Yeshua as her King. For according to the biblical laws of Moses, strangers and foreigners have always had the choice to become citizens of Israel on equal footing with native-born Israelites. Thus the racist “Gezerot” or laws of the rabbis will be manifest as anti-biblical and therefore obsolete. All strangers will see before their very eyes the benefits gained when they become first class citizens of Israel.


    Furthermore, most of the earth will be “Netzerized” or Christianized in the truest and fullest sense of the word. Not as the historic church attempted by adopting the doctrines of men and demons becoming destroyers or “meshumids”. This is how I believe “the face of the earth will be renewed”.


    Readers who have not fully researched the four major prophecies about “Jesus the Preserver” and his disciples, the “Notzrim” (or Christians) should do so if confused. These four major prophecies were researched in chapter 9 and include:


       1.Isaiah 11:1 coupled with Isaiah 10:21

       2.Isaiah 66:7,8

       3.Jeremiah 31

       4.Micah 5:1,2


    Additional evidence which can be found in the New Testament:


       1.Galatians 3:29 “if you are of Christ, then you are of Abraham’s seed and heirs according to promise”


       2.The reason why this premise is true is explained beginning with verse 23 of Galatians, chapter 3.


         Verse 23: “Before the coming of the truth, we were in custody being shut in by faith under the Torah. However the evidence of the “emunah” [faith] (or Truth) would be revealed afterwards.”


         Verse 24: “Therefore the Torah has become our tutor of truth that leads us to Christ so that we will be justified by truth.”


         Verse 25: “But now that the truth has come, we are no longer under a tutor.”


         Verse 26: “For you are all children of God, through truth of the Messiah Jesus”.


         Verse 27: “For all of you who were baptized into Messiah have clothed yourselves with Messiah.”


         Verse 28: “Therefore there is neither Jew or Greek, neither slave or freeman, neither male or female, for all of you are one in Messiah Jesus”.


         Verse 29: “if you are of Christ, then you are of Abraham’s seed and heirs according to promise”


         Just as the prophesied: Messiah- that is Yeshua HaNotzrei- fulfills all the other prophecies; so does he fulfill verse 29.  All Jews and Christians or those of the southern tribes of Judah and the northern tribes of Ephraim are eternal members of the eternal family of Israel.


       3.Ephesians 2:19 “Therefore, you are no longer strangers and aliens, but fellow-citizens with the saints and of the house of God.”


    To come to this conclusion we are taught in the preceding verses 13-18:


    Verse 13: “But now in Jesus Christ, you who were formerly far removed, were brought near through the blood of Christ.”


    Verse 14: “For he himself is our peacemaker who made both groups (Judah and Ephraim) into one. And broke down the fenced-in dividing wall


    Verse 15: “By abolishing in his flesh the enmity of the laws and ordinances of ‘Gezerotehem’ [prophibitive laws enacted by the Rabbis with the intent of severely restricting contact between Jews and Gentiles]. Thus of himself he made the two into one. This is how he made peace between Judah and Ephraim.


    Verse 16: “And he reconciled the both through the cross, into one body [assembly] of God, thus putting to death the enmity between them.”


    Verse 17: “He came to bring the good news of peace to those nearby and afar


    Verse 18: “For through Him [Christ] we both [Jews and non-Jews] now have access to our Father in one spirit.


    This is the reason that Christians are no longer strangers and aliens. Rather, they are fellow-citizens of Israel as cited above.

    Verses 20 through 22 continue to be in full agreement with verse 19. Unfortunately, these verses are in strong disagreement with Church-Christianity’s teachings and will finally have to come out “on top of the bushel” in order to set the Jews and Christians free to take hold of their divine inheritance as promised by God.


     Yes! Yes! Yes! Our Eternal Lord Jesus Christ did not forget the “Lost Sheep of Israel” or “The Children Left of the Sword” which Assyria sent into the “holocaust” due to the captivity in 722 BC.


    Prior to the creation of the world, HaShem planned that the northern tribes of Israel would return to their Promised Land as revealed in:


    Isaiah 11:16: “And there shall be a highway for the remnant of his people that remained from Assyria”


    This “highway” being described is analogous to the day the 12 tribes left the land of Egypt.


    The more and more Jews and Christians study and research Our Eternal Lord’s Plan of Peace and the more they realize that when Jews and Christians intermarry, it is nothing more than one from one tribe marrying a person from another of the 12 tribes, thus making the Second Coming of the Messiah imminent.


    Why will the Arabs and the rest of mankind want to become fellow-citizens of the Zionist State of Israel?


    Chapter 48 of the Psalms teaches us:


    Verse 3: “God in her places has made Himself known as a stronghold”


    Verse 4: “When the kings assembled, they came forward together”


    Verse 5: “They saw straightaway in amazement. They were frightened and hasted away”


    Verse 6: “Trembling took hold of them as the pangs of a woman in labor”


    When tyrants and dictators see “The stronghold of Ephraim and Judah” established, they will end their wars against the Zionist State of Israel. If they could not destroy the youngest and least numbered of united Israel, how could they possibly conquer the now “Completed” Israel?




    All that remains for the united and “shalem” [whole, complete] State of Israel is to follow the “instructions and directions” found in the rest of chapter 48 in verses 13 through 15:


     “Walk around the city of Zion and count the strength of those towers … that you tell its future generations … this is our God forever and ever … He will guide us eternally”


    When all the families of this earth will see “The Strongholds of Zion” only a small minority will not want to live under:


         “Liberty” instead of “Tyranny”

         “Eternal Peace” instead of “War”

         “Justice” instead of “Injustice”

         “Universal Brotherhood” instead of “Nazism/Racism”




    If after reading this you would like to receive a free ‘pdf copy’ of Rabbi Zwirn’s 50 page book, entitled “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”, then please drop me a line to request it.

Comments (13)

  • Dear Aviel,I would love to receive a copy of “Am I my Brother’s Keeper?”.  I have his first book but nothing else.Thanks.

  • @Renee - Hi Renee,  I’d be happy to do that for you.  Please send me an email so that I can, in return, email you back the pdf file of Rabbi Zwirn’s book…. shalom, shalom….. Avi

  • @Aviel_8 - Ok, I’m going to sound stupid, but haven’t done this before.  I thought I was giving you my e-mail when I made the above comment.  Do you want an actual e-mail message from me?  What’s your e-mail address?  Where do I click to send you an e-mail?Thanks, Renee

  • Hi again, Renee…. when one communicates via the ‘comment box’ the recipient does not receive your personal email address.  However, this can be easily remedied.  Go back to the article page and at the bottom- above the ‘comments’ box- you’ll see a line that includes the word ”email”.  Click on it and then fill in ‘To:’ and ‘From’ lines on the email window.  ‘To’ will be my user name: Aviel_8; and ‘From’ will be your personal email address.  Then subject line can be ‘PDF Request’…… shalom…. Avi 

  • Aviel,  From the very moment that I first read the words penned by Rabbi Zwirn, my spirit knew our Father has blessed him with insight from the Almighty Councilor.  I have tried to share the Rabbi’s quotes with various Christian’s and literally cannot get through them without being overcome with emotion.  I would dearly appreciate your offer of emailing me the pdf file of “Am I My Brother’s Keeper?”   My email address is vineandbranch@windstream.netThanks so much,Michael Rice

  • @sammye784 -  Shalom, Michael… thanks for writing.  The ‘pdf’ is in the mail.  Enjoy and be blessed………. Avi

  • Dear Avi,I would love to recieve the PDF book, Am I My Brother’s Keeper. I want to learn more from Rabbi Isidor Zwirn’s teaching.Are there any other books or study lessons written by him, besides Rabbi from Burbank?Here is my email address:  clay321@cfaith.comThank YouConnie Mounts

  • @EnlightenTreasures - Dear Connie…. my pleasure to provide you with Rabbi Zwirn’s full pdf version.  It’s in the mail!   Thanks for writing……. shalom, Avi.

  • Shalom,I received the Rabbi’s book (The Rbbi from Burbank) in the mail when I got home last evening and was immediately drawn to reading it. I was seriously overwhelmed by the Holy Spirit in reading it and just could not put down the book. I wept throughout and thereafter. Please send me the link or pdf to receive “Am I My Brother’s Keeper” and any other of Rabbi Zwirn’s book. With much gratitude. Lorna Elizabeth – Thanks.

  • Yes, please send me the pdf of his book…. for mailing address…. thank you so much…

  • Hi there. I have the book “A Rabbi’s Search For Messiah” by Rabbi Isidor Zwirn. I understand that you Christians are very happy about what Rabbi Zwirn found out in his personal quest of Messiah. I am sorry to say that this doen’t change anything about the reality and truth of Judaism since Judaism has explained long ago that Messiah comes to establish the Messianic Era where no wars, the gathering of Israel, the rebuilding of the Temple and the teaching of Torah to the nations take place. Rabbi Zwirn discovers that “jesus” is the Messiah, but what he doesn’t realize is that Messiah is not a demigod, that Messiah must be a real human being a direct descendat of David, a real human being and not an hybrid being: half god,  half man. So, what he discovered is applied to Messiah, but Messiah doesn’t come two times and when we says that the Siddurim speak of a two times Messiah is not speaking about a first and a second coming, it is speaking of welcoming Messiah first in your heart to see him come to rule over all the earth. My friend, Messiah did not have to die for our sins, since not only blood covers sins, and poor people who had no money could pay with flour for their sins. The idea of Messiah being killed is something that is NOT in the Scriptures. If you read two chapters before and two chapters after Isaiah 52, you will see that the text is speaking about Israel called as “my servant” by Hashem. Then Isaiah speaks about Israel’s ultimate redemption in the world when Messiah comes.I am sorry to be a party pooper, but Messiah has not come yet and Messiah has nothing to do with a human sacrifice to forgive sins. Even Paul says that Messiah’s blood is limited in Hebrews 10:26 where he writes that if someone keeps sinning his blood (Jesus) won’t be good anymore for that person. Go back to Hashem and serve Hashem only and do not worship the creatures.

  • @Roger Miranda@facebook - Shalom Roger… thanks for taking time out to comment. I would say that Rabbi Isidor Zwirn (of blessed memory) would likely have agreed with you at one time. However, back around 1974-75 he determined to teach his Orthodox Jewish congregation all that the TANAKH had to say about Moshiach. He, by no means went looking for Yeshua (Jesus); but, he found him. After a protracted period of deep and tenacious ‘doresh’ (research), he emerged from his study to proclaim “I have come to the conclusion that the Yeshuah of the Christians is also the Messiah of the Jews.” Moreover, through this research he came to understand that Yeshua’s first coming as the ‘Suffering Servant’ of Isaiah 53 was, also, indeed integral to fulfilling the Messiah’s criteria for the regathering the lost tribes of Israel (Isaiah 49:4-6). As a matter of fact the word ‘preserved’ in verse 6 is “notzrei” and it is a cognate of the word “notzrim”/christians/watchmen (… i.e., as found in (Jeremiah 31:6). Is this just coincidence?… No; and in order to understand the connection you must understand God’s promise to the House of Israel (i.e., the Northern Kingdom) despite His edict of judgment upon them (Hosea 1:9-10). The Prophet Amos also confirms this judgment upon the Northern Kingdom (Ephraim/Israel); as well as, the hope of their restoration and reunification with Judah: Amos 9:9-12. Then too, please read what Jeremiah says regarding the ‘grace’ that comes to those that survive the sword among the people of Ephraim/Israel; and how they’ll be gathered up by the Shepherd: Jeremiah 31:1-10. Btw, don’t miss verse 6… re: the “watchmen” (… i.e., notzrim [aka, 'christians']). For this reason Yeshua (Jesus) said the following: John 11:14-18; and later this is stated… John 11:49-54 . For all these reasons and more, the Prophet Hosea completed his earlier statement in this manner: Hosea 1:9-11. Now, with respect to Yeshua’s deity and atonement for sin, please view the following: Rabbi Schneerson proclaimed Moshiach divine; Mashiach, ‘The Leper’ and the Yom Kippur Machzor; and lastly, Mashiach at Sinai. Thanks, again, for your comments; and may God bless you…………… Avi

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