B’nei Moshe is transliterated Hebrew for “Sons/Children of Moses”. This is not a literal claim, but a figurative one denoting the author’s distinct principles of faith and adherence to only the most ancient expression of Israelite faith.

The author of this website’s content accepts only the Torah (The books of Moses: Genesis/Bereshit through Deuteronomy/Devarim) as divine and authoritative. The writings here explore how and why the author has arrived at this conclusion.

The author embraces the four principles of the Samaritan faith, considering the additional fifth, a belief in a taheb (restorer from the tribes of Joseph, similar to Judaism’s messiah from the line of David) as an unknown unless and until it happens.

Principle 1: One Almighty

There is but one Elohim, YHWH. He delivered the descendants of Jacob and those who left with them from Egypt, gave them the Torah at Mount Sinai, and brought them to his chosen dwelling place in the land promised to their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Principle 2: One Prophet

Moses ben Amram, was a prophet like no other. He was the man YHWH chose to lead his people out of Egypt to their inheritance, and through whom the Torah was given at Mount Sinai. As it is written in Deuteronomy: Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom YHWH knew face to face.

Principle 3: One Holy Book

The Torah. The books of Moses, containing the record of creation, the stories of the patriarchs and their experiences in the land and at Beit El (the house of God), the time in Egypt and exodus therefrom, the giving of the 10 commandments heard by the entire nation at Mount Sinai, and the detailed instructions given by YHWH to Moses. Moses cautioned against any addition to or subtraction from his commandments (Deuteronomy 4:2). No other book is divine, and all writings that have been mistakenly elevated to such a level can be easily shown to be inferior.

Principle 4: One Chosen Place

Beit El, the holy dwelling place of YHWH, known by the patriarchs, is that place the Israelites sang of in the Song of the Sea (Exodus 15:13, 17), the place they considered their final destination. It is the residence of YHWH mentioned in Deuteronomy 12:5 to which all offerings were to be brought and pilgrimage feasts celebrated. It is the place where Joshua erected stones on which he wrote the entire Torah and then read it aloud to the entire nation (Joshua 8:30-35). It is Mount Gerizim beside Shechem (modern Nablus in the West Bank).

Why this website?

This site began as a personal blog–a place for me to compose (and preserve) my thoughts during my search for biblical truth. I was raised Christian, but by the age of 20 began to see problems with several Christian traditions, primarily Christian holidays and the lack of Sabbath observance. Unfortunately, it wasn’t until my mid-40s that I finally was compelled to diligently seek out the truth.

My transformation took years to complete, and you can probably detect some of the phases I went through based on the dates of my articles. I went through what I think is a fairly natural progression from being Christian, to Hebrew Roots/Messianic Judaism, to Orthodox Judaism, to Karaite Judaism, and finally to where I am now, a Torah only viewpoint with an immense respect for the Northern Israelite (Samaritan) perspective.

Despite my perspective, I do have a few minor reservations with the modern day Northern Israelite practice, though to be sure they are absolutely the truest, most loyal remnant of Israel today in my opinion.

Where do I (we) go from here?

Over the last several years, I’ve had many ideas for B’nei Moshe, including bringing people of a similar mindset together with an online virtual community, (perhaps eventually to see physical communities spring up as (if) others embrace this perspective), and establishing a non-profit foundation to further the cause.

Ideas such as these can be fraught with pitfalls too. I’ve seen too many people fall into the trap of promoting themselves as “teachers” of their particular viewpoint, develop following, and then become “stuck” in their viewpoint to avoid losing their following.

Too many of us rely on others to tell them what to think and believe. I prefer to find the truth in the text alone, write about it, and encourage others to contemplate and investigate for themselves. I constantly remind myself to be open to the truth wherever it leads me.

If any of this piques your interest, please contact me with feedback, ideas or just to establish contact so we can remain in touch. I also welcome well informed, logical rebuttals to my assertions, and will seriously consider any and all information presented to me.