A Midrash on our Mission Statement

Since its inception, The Twelve Tribe Torah Institute has been interested in developing educational materials to teach how historical consciousness interacts with theology in the Scriptures. Rabbi Monty Eliasov personally conducted all the research at his own expense over a period of ten years (from 1994 to 2004) and he also developed four basic courses which were field tested mainly in Austin and San Antonio to a variety of groups (Jewish, Christian and secular) in the period 2001-2004. Following the positive feedback given by these audiences, The Twelve Tribe Torah Institute would now like to formally make those four courses available to the public through its own website via the sale of audio CDs:

  1. The first course outlines the definition and history of the twelve tribes ("An Introduction to Twelve Tribe Torah" );
  2. The second course applies the Twelve Tribe Torah thesis to the Gospels ("A Twelve Tribe Torah View of the Gospels" )
  3. The third course explores the mythological symbolism of the twelve tribes ("The Twelve Tribe Torah Mandala")
  4. The fourth course offers a cogent explanation for the numerous Divine Names in the Hebrew Scriptures ("The Twelve Tribe Torah Names of God")

A study of the Twelve Tribe Torah principles open up to the Four Major Paths to Yahweh, namely, the path through Faith, the path through Nature, the path through Scripture, and the path through Kabbalah (the symbolic language).

Advanced students of Twelve Tribe Torah will naturally want to study the literature that allows us to reclaim the lost books of our Jewish spiritual history. In the future, The Twelve Tribe Torah Institute will be in a position to offer more detailed CDs and written materials via the same website as they are being developed.

Some of the questions that the basic theory of Twelve Tribe Torah elicits are:

  1. Why are we American Jews in general more liberal than the norm?

  2. Why are we so focused on being Jewish when there is no commandment in the Torah that says: "Thou shalt be Jewish"?

  3. Why don't we ever pronounce the name of YHWH as written?

  4. Who was Azariah de' Rossi and why were his books excommunicated?

  5. Why were we willing to let go of important Jewish works such as Philo, Josephus, Susanna, Judith, Maccabees, and The Wisdom of Ben Sira?

  6. Why are those books part of the Catholic Church's legacy when they are in fact Jewish works mostly written prior to the time of Jesus?

  7. What in fact was the Jewish message that Jesus was communicating exclusively to his fellow Jews?

  8. Why are we trying to rebuild Jerusalem in the image of the Second Temple when so many of our most revered scriptures come from the First Temple era?

  9. What are the characteristics that differentiate between a Pharisee, a Sadducee, a Hebrew, a Samaritan, and an Essene?

  10. Why don't we know much about the Essenes from our own sources and why does the name not appear anywhere in the Gospels?

  11. Who is considered the last Jewish prophet and how was that determined?

  12. What was the role of the Levites in Jewish history, and did they write the Book of Psalms?

If you are not sure of the answers or cannot respond to those questions with a degree of confidence, studying along with the Twelve Tribe Torah CDs may be just the thing for you.

A study of Twelve Tribe Torah supports an essentially holistic and pluralistic approach to Torah while incorporating both moral foundations and historical consciousness into our everyday relationship with Yahweh, Torah, and Israel. It is important to understand that this is a major result of studying Twelve Tribe Torah.

Of course one cannot study the complex history of those years between 200 BCE and 200 CE without taking into account the history and impact of the teacher Jesus. Therefore The Twelve Tribe Torah Institute provides some clear guidance in understanding those events from Jewish perspectives.

Another major result of the work of The Twelve Tribe Torah Institute is the emergence of a modern study method that directly opens the student up to the "Seventy Faces of Torah" (Babylonian Talmud Sanhedrin page 34 A and Babylonian Talmud Shabbat page 88 B).

The beginning student can study Twelve Tribe Torah by purchasing our CDs, studying the various essays already posted on this web site, consulting a variety of translations of the Hebrew Scriptures, and choosing from the books listed in the BIBLIOGRAPHY.  Of course, adding any other readings from this vast field would augment one's own understanding of the existence and dynamic of Twelve Tribe Torah.