Possible Traits of the Tribe of Ephraim no.1 (11 May, 2015, 22 Iyar, 5775)
Do you stratify others in a hierarchy relative to yourself?
We identify the English-speaking peoples as from the Tribes of Joseph.
Joseph is divided into Ephraim and Manasseh.
It may be that numerically there are more descendants of Ephraim in the USA than anywhere else but the characteristics of Manasseh prevail there.
Britain and the British Dominions, especially Australia, are more Ephraimite.
In Hebrew someone from the tribe of Ephraim was termed an Ephrati.
26 And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite [Hebrew: "Ephrati"] of Zereda, Solomon's servant, whose mother's name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
The notation Ephrati also means aristocrat.
Why the British are Ephraim!
"IS EPHRAIM MY DEAR SON' IS HE A PLEASANT CHILD' FOR SINCE I SPAKE AGAINST HIM, I DO EARNESTLY REMEMBER HIM STILL: THEREFORE MY BOWELS ARE TROUBLED FOR HIM; I WILL SURELY HAVE MERCY UPON HIM, SAITH THE LORD."
# EPHRAIM MY DEAR SON. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: [the word Ephraim means] someone who grew up in a palace [i.e. a noble]. Rabbi Yehoshua ben Nachman said: [the word Ephraim means] a master and governor. Said Rabbi Pinchas, our forefather Jacob when he passed away coronated Ephraim with a crown and made him the head of the tribes, the chief of the assembly, the most handsome and exalted of my descendants will be called by his name.# (Midrash YaYikra Rabah 2;3).
Regarding Ephraim being Britain an English historical work describing the national character of Englishmen justifies our claims:
Arthur Bryant, "English Saga 1840-1940",
1940, Great Britain, pp. 256-259.
# The downtrodden wage-slave did not think of himself as such but as the rightful inheritor, as by ancestry he was of a free tradition of transmitted privilege. He only wanted to get back his own: to be the great gentleman he knew himself to be, enjoying, generous, and carefree.
The Hierarchic Principle in Britain.
A Britisher when speaking to someone else will often attempt to determine the hierarchy of the person spoken to: He wants to know where he stands in relation of rank to the other.
He wants the person spoken to, to know it as well.
[ This can be both positive and negative, e.g.
On the positive side: He may want to determine where you stand to help you or receive assistance from you.
On the negative side: Whether to treat you with disdain or alternately with servility. ]
An Australian is similar despite the egalitarian nature of Australian society:
Australians will still search for some point of fixation or attempt to create one by giving advice, sympathy, remonstration, or admiration.
They will seek some type of positioning beyond the transient moment.
e.g. "Of course you are this and that, are you not? ... whereas [it is implied or openly declared] I am that and this, ... etc"
The difference is that in Britain the "rank" may be what you are born with whereas in Australia it is more what you have acquired, or acheived. It is still an attempt at relative hierarchy.
The aristocratic principle is still there.
Do you find yourself automatically putting people in their place?
Do you deliberately remind them of something they have said or done in order to put them down? Or even to build them up?
Do you often seek to arrange those around you into some kind of ranking order in relation to yourself?
if you do you probably do it automatically and consider it the natural way to be. Such is not the case. It is an idiosyncrasy and a tribal trait.
if you do, this does not mean that you definitely are from Ephraim but it could be an indication.
We shall examine other parameters concerning Ephraim and also those of the other tribes.
Not only Ephraim but everyone to some degree or other has an interest in status. We shall see how the Tribe of Reuben also has an interest in determining hierarchies. The difference however is that for Ephraim it is more important and more as to how the hierarchy determines the immediate relationship. For Reuben it is more a question of status in absolute terms whereas for Ephraim it is in relation to oneself. This may sound confusing but it should become more clear as we go along.
Ephraim: Zealotry and Jealousy. Are You From Ephraim? no.2