Mr. Hanoch Young
What is the main focus of your activities today?
Working with those who identify as Ephraim, ‘part’ of Israel – the Restoration of the Tribes of Israel
How long have you been doing that?
I began in 1994, but I became more involved in 2003 and it has become the center of my life since then
What are some of the successful related programs or projects that you have done this year and in past years?
In addition to speaking at numerous conferences and countless congregations and fellowships – the most successful projects would center on two areas: video teachings and the creation of the Connect to Israel experience which has brought tour groups to Israel since 2014, focused on the building relationships with the Jewish people and the land of Israel.
How did you get to where you are today?
Strangely enough, my intense involvement began after I had moved to Israel. I was urged to begin returning to the USA to deliver my messages of unity, Israel and the Restoration of ALL of Israel based upon Mutual Respect and began doing that in Aug 2013. I have now been back to the USA on 20 trips since then teaching and building relationships. Becoming a licensed Israeli Tour Guide has also enabled me to help people develop an intense relationship with the Land of Israel.
What is your “testimony”?
After wandering in to a meeting of the United Israel World Union in 1994 in New York City (about the ‘Lost Tribes of Israel’) I began meeting people who although not Jewish, identified themselves as part of the people of Israel. NOT to replace their Jewish brothers and sisters, but rather, to stand alongside us, in the fulfillment of the prophecy of the Restoration of ALL of Israel; ALL the tribes. I went back and studied all of the prophecies about the return of the Tribes of Israel in the Tanach. Much to my amazement, I found this to be THE most common theme of ALL the prophets. Now, they weren’t Jewish and they did not want to give up their beliefs and convert to Judaism – but still felt themselves to be ‘part’ of Israel! I was astounded at the great lengths so many of them went to observe the laws of the Torah (as they understood them, from a literal reading in translation). How they had walked away in many cases from family, relationships and friends due to their doing “all that Jew-stuff” like observing Shabbat (again, not exactly as Jews do…), the festivals and eating a Biblically clean diet. They had an exceptional love of the Jewish people – although many had actually had very little contact with Jews. They did not live in areas of the USA (later on I met people from ALL over the world with these same beliefs) that had local Jewish communities. For some of them, they believed themselves to be the only people who ever studied the Bible and came away with the understanding that THEY were actually ‘part’ of the people of Israel! It’s not like they heard the same teacher, watched the same video or read the same book (other then the Bible, of course). My challenge was – what do I DO with these people? I couldn’t help them move to Israel (there is no provision in the laws of the State of Israel for this category of immigration). It immediately became obvious – I was to be one of the people from the Jewish side of the family that would embrace and encourage them. Since they have many religious practices that don’t match up with those of their Jewish brothers and sisters – we cannot become one people at this time. However, as the Prophet Yehezkel explained, we – the “two sticks” of the people of Israel are to draw close to each other but we will ONLY become one in HaShem’s hand. I was led to become a Tour Guide in Israel, because who else was going to be prepared to show my brothers and sisters their Homeland once again? It was my role to build relationships and help support and encourage them in their ‘walk’ in any way that I could. I also began teaching extensively on the concept of Mutual Respect – Judah doesn’t try to turn Joseph into Judah and Joseph doesn’t try to make Judah – Joseph. So, I travel with my long-lost family, visit with them, I teach them about Israel and I stand alongside them, as you would expect from a sibling. And when they come to Israel, I help (re)connect them with the Land of Israel, ancient and modern, the Jewish people and the God if Israel. Judah and Ephraim will be reuniting – may we merit that day to come soon.
What do you think God is doing with regard to Jewish-Christian relations?
God is ‘on the move’ – looking to wake up all that look to Him…it is a time when on the grassroots level, Jews and Christians have actually began speaking TO each other. Not to try to change each other – but rather to understand each other and to find the common ground to work together.