Posted in Germany on 29 Thursday May 2014
Dear Judge Roser,
We would ask you most urgently that due to the approach of Pentecost to let our children go home. The Feast of Pentecost or ‘Feast of Weeks’ or in Hebrew ‘Shavuot’, is one of the three main feasts which our Creator has commanded us expressly to celebrate. This is a family festival which is to be held as an ‘everlasting statute.’ Eternally valid means that this festival has not lost its significance even in our seemingly progressive era — a time in which the Creator has no more importance in the consciousness of many people.
The Central Council of Jews in Germany formulated this feast as follows:
“On the 6th and 7th of Sivan, the festival of weeks takes place (Shavuot). It has — like the other two pilgrimage festivals — a double meaning, one related to the natural and one to the historical. In the biblical period was only the Shavuot ‘Feast of First Fruits’ and two wheat loaves were on that day in the Jerusalem temple sacrificed that had been made from the flour of the new harvest. The first fruits of other agricultural products were only allowed to be offered as a sacrifice starting with Shavuot. Of this — linked with rural life — Feast of First Fruits still reminds us of the custom of embellishing on Shavuot synagogues with fresh greenery and flowers.”
“Of far greater importance has become the religious-historical content of the feast of weeks. According to the Talmudic tradition, Shavuot is the time of the promulgation of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai, the first fully formulated moral law in the history of mankind, which is based on and set an eternal standard. On the recognition of these commandments by the Israelites, due to the covenant between God and the people, which was chosen by God to fulfill a special mission: to obey the commandments of God and to spread it in the world. The election of Israel, the idea of the special role of the Jews in accomplishing that special task — to live as a holy people accountable to God, represents therefore a special commitment. The phrase “chosen people” is to be understood in this way, it does not mean whatsoever a prerogative of the Jews towards other people.”
Just like the Jews, we see an urgent need to fulfill this standard, “set forever by the Creator,” namely, to fulfill his commandments, and to spread it in the world. We believe in the depths of our hearts that these 10 Commandments are standards set forever. The holding of this standard is the basis of a God-pleasing life. In a time when morals and morality are exposed to a continuous decline, the obligation to disclose these standards is more contemporary than ever.
In Exodus 23.21 (‘This is an everlasting statute in all your dwellings for your [future] generations’) is irrevocably written,
1) that this order is valid forever,
2) that it should be held at the residences and
3) that it is eternally valid for all future generations.
We, the families of the community of the Twelve Tribes in Klosterzimmern, are followers of the Son of God, we call by his Hebrew name Yahshua.
As God has commanded us in the Gospels the Son, we have — just like Peter, John and the other apostles — abandoned everything to follow him. Thus we have become part of the restoration of all things, for which the Son of God is eagerly waiting. (Acts 3:21)
We understand ourselves as a fruit of the Son of God being crucified for our sins, which He paid for us for three days and nights in death. Then God has snatched him to death again and resurrected, and He ascended into heaven, to pour out his Spirit upon the apostles, so that they would be able to welcome his special commission to them in Mt. 28:16-20.
This outpouring of the Spirit is then done at the time of Shavuot in Jerusalem and had spectacular consequences:
from one day to the next was exactly exploded in Jerusalem a thriving, running over, community life (Acts 2:44). All those who had believed on the day loved their Savior so much that they otherwise could not, as a every day his apostles to be close and to learn all from them, which the Son of God had taught them. They were so much heart and soul captivated by his love that they gave up everything they had in possession. From then on, they lived together and sold their possessions and goods and distributed them to all, each as much as he needed. (Acts 2.44 to 47 and 4.32 to 35)
They were, so to speak, the ‘first fruits’ of the Holy Spirit being poured out with power on the apostles. It was the beginning of the fulfilment of a prophecy from the Old Testament:
I will pour out my spirit… your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions’) (Joel 3:1)
Shavuot in Hebrew means also the Feast of the First Fruits and that meaningful Pentecost in Jerusalem was indeed the beginning of that which the apostle Paul said later in his defense before King Agrippa — the beginning of the restoration of the twelve tribes of Israel (Acts 26: 6-7). It was a new spiritual nation that was set aside,
…to proclaim the virtues of Him who out of darkness into His marvellous light’ has called ‘a holy nation, a people for His own possession… (1 Peter 2.9)
However, as can keep track of in the letters of the New Testaments, the light of this common witness of people who gave up everything for each other to day to love the Creator and one another with all my heart and soul, and to care for each other, with time, more and more waned. At the end all that remained of the once vibrant life was only rituals and dogmas and the Holy Spirit could no longer live in their midst. (Revelations 2 and 3)
The prophet Joel prophesied that God’s purpose has since continued to wait in a time in which
He will pour out his Spirit on all flesh again and your sons and daughters prophesy, your old men will have dreams, and your young men shall see visions. I will pour out my Spirit in those days too, on your servants and upon the handmaids… (Joel 3:1-2)
It is therefore of the utmost importance for us to celebrate this feast of Pentecost together with our children. Finally, it is expressly commanded us, ‘to tell our children’ (Joel 1:1-3), in order to remind them of the promises of the Creator. Also, we should teach them, and turn their hearts to their parents as well in obedience, as their parents her heart turn to the Creator in obedience – so that our love for our Creator and each other would not grow cold, but would burn hot.
… ‘For the promise is unto you and to your children, and to all are afar off, as many as the Lord our God shall call. (Acts 2.39)
In light of the constitutionally guaranteed undisturbed practice of religion (in Article 4, quoted below), it is incomprehensible to us that you now for almost 9 months deny our children this right of free exercise of religion, together with their parents. ‘Future generations’ — these are clearly the offspring — the children who are currently separated from their parents.
Your recent decisions give the impression that you defy the orders of the Creator of heaven and earth.
In years past, our children have participated with zeal and great joy in the preparation and implementation of the feast on our premises. This year we have planned a parade with all our ‘first fruits’ by Klosterzimmern morning. In the further course of the day we want to work together to play games, take a meal and spend the evening with fun circle dances, music and song.
Therefore, we request that our children on Sunday, 08 June, 2014, from 10 in the morning until 8 o’clock in the evening can celebrate with us the Feast of Weeks with the family in Klosterzimmern.
Article 4 (Freedom of faith, of conscience and of creed).
(1) Freedom of faith and of conscience, and freedom of creed religious or ideological, are inviolable.
(2) The undisturbed practice of religion is guaranteed.