Hebrew Roots Reseach by Lew White



Sin is lawlessness (1Yn. 3:4).

It is a crime, error, or mistake either intentional or unintended, and outside the will of Yahuah. It goes against the goal, which is love. We make these mistakes over and over because our teachers have failed us.

Is it possible to be in the middle of a FAMINE, and not know it?

Is it possible to be in CAPTIVITY, and not know it?


The Name of the Creator is Yahuah (yod-hay-uau-hay), and the Mashiak's Name is Yahusha, meaning "Yah is our salvation" or fully translated, "I am your Deliverer."

Yahusha, the Mashiak of Yisharal (to rule with Al), spoke of the solution to captivity.  We are captive to sin, or free from sin, determined by one thing:  holding to Yahusha's teaching (yoke).  

Men's teachings alter and replace Yahusha's teachings, and this is why He spoke to the Yahudim the way He did.  This "teaching" He speaks of is the Hebrew word TORAH, which He had given to Yisharal to obey, and this Torah is the Covenant (brith) between Yahuah and Yisharal forever.  No other Covenant has replaced it, and all nations are invited to engraft into it.  Notice Yahusha's references to His Teaching, slavery, and freedom in this text:

John 8:31-38:
"To the Yahudim who had believed Him, Yahusha said, 'If you hold to My Teaching, you are really My disciples.  Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.' 

They answered him, 'We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone.  How can you say that we shall be set free?' 

Yahusha replied, "I tell you the truth, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.  Now a slave has no permanent place in the family, but a son belongs to it forever.  So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.   I know you are Abraham's descendants.  Yet you are ready to kill me, because you have no room for My
Word.  I am telling you what I have seen in the Father's presence, and you do what you have heard from your father.'"

The key to understanding Yahusha is to make the connection that His Teaching, Word, and the Truth are all the same thing:  TORAH, the Covenant between Yahuah and Yisharal (to rule with Al), given at Sinai. 

This Covenant was broken by Yisharal, yet Yahuah's faithfulness to bring a remnant to obedience was ultimately fulfilled by Yahusha writing His Torah (teaching) on their hearts, as was prophesied (Jer./YirmeYahu 31, Hebrews 8).  This is accomplished by the indwelling of Yahusha's Spirit, and cannot be purchased with money:

Acts 8:18-23:   “When Simon (Shimon Magus) saw that the Spirit was given at the laying on of the apostles' hands, he offered them money and said, ‘Give me also this ability so that everyone on whom I lay my hands may receive the Ruach haQodesh.’

Peter answered: ‘May your money perish with you, because you thought you could buy the gift of Alahim with money!   You have no part or share in this ministry (work), because your heart is not right before Alahim.   Repent of this wickedness and pray to Yahuah.  Perhaps He will forgive you for having such a thought in your heart.   For I see that you are full of bitterness and captive to sin." 

2 Tim 2:23-26:  “Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels.  And Yahuah’s servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.  Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that Yahuah will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the Truth (Torah),  and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will.” 


Yahuah’s will for us:  TORAH       

ha'shatan’s will for us:  anti-Torah

Col 2:8:    “See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Mashiak.” 

A world-wide FAMINE, and CAPTIVITY, was prophesied for Yisharal (to rule with Al):

"Behold, the days come, says the Sovereign Yahuah, that I will send a FAMINE in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of Yahuah:  And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the Word of Yahuah, and shall not find it."  Amus 8:11-12

The “famine” will end when we REPENT, and TORAH will be restored, then Yahusha will come:

"Repent therefore and return, that your sins may be wiped away, in order that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Master;  and that He may send Yahusha, the Mashiak appointed for you,  whom heaven must receive until the period of restoration of all things about which Alahim spoke by the mouth of His pious prophets from ancient times.”   Acts 3:19-21

“Because we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against authorities, against world rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual powers of wickedness in the heavenlies.”   Ephesians 6:12 


Dt./Debarim 21  Taking a wife from among captives:

Although the woman of fair form was a captive, she was in a very real sense, someone who was rescued, rather than taken captive. She was released from her former captivity to the freedom of a new life.

"Our fathers have inherited only falsehood, futility, and there is no value in them.   YirmeYahu (Jeremiah) 16:19

Beginning at Luke 4:17:

“He went to Natsareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Shabath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. And He stood up to read.  The scroll of the prophet (Isaiah) YashaYahu was handed to Him.  Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

‘The Spirit of YAHUAH is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the captives and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the acceptable year of YAHUAH.’ (from YashaYahu 61)

Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.  The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him,  and He began by saying to them, ‘Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’"

Further along in YashaYahu/Is. 61, Yahusha speaks of Yisharal being captive among the nations, but He will restore them by making an everlasting Covenant with them:

“In My faithfulness I will reward them and make an everlasting Covenant with them.

Their descendants will be known among the nations and their offspring among the peoples.

All who see them will acknowledge that they are a people Yahuah has blessed."     Isa/YashaYahu 61:8-9


When we learn to walk in Yahuah's Torah, keeping His festivals,

He will turn-back our captivity before our eyes:

"I will gather them that are sorrowful for the appointed feasts

(MOED’IM), who are of you, to whom the reproach of them was a burden.

Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict you: and I will save that which is lame, and gather what was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame. 

At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the Earth, when I turn-back your captivity before your eyes, says Yahuah."   Zeph 3:18-20


Q.  How did the average Yisharalite learn Torah?


(a)         From stained glass windows


(b)         From their parents at home


(c)          By attending synagogues


 (d)    At the seminary



The TORAH is the teaching given to Yisharal to teach the nations.

The nation of Yisharal is a nation of priests and from their lips the nations are to learn.  Yahusha gave Torah to Yisharal, and said,

"If you hold to My teaching, you are really My disciples.   Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." 

Yahukanon/John 8:31-32

Every time we meet together, come in, go out, sit in our home, or walk along the way, we are told to speak of Yahuah’s Torah, and write them on our doorposts and our gates:


NOTE:  The Catholic format ALTERS these 10.  They eliminated the 2nd Commandment, and made the 10th Commandment into two!



The Covenant /Marriage Contract (BRITH)  Ex 20:1-17

ASERETH HA’DABARIM (10 WORDS)  Yahuah’s Covenant, our wedding vows:


“And Alahim spoke all these Words:

1.  ‘I am Yahuah your Alahim, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

You shall have no other Alahim before My face.

2. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the Earth beneath or in the waters below.   You shall not bow down to them or worship them;  for I, Yahuah your Alahim, am a jealous Alahim, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand  generations of those who love Me and keep My Commandments.

3. You shall not cast the Name of Yahuah your Alahim to ruin, for Yahuah will not hold anyone guiltless who casts His Name to ruin  (SHOAH = RUIN, DESTROY, LAY-WASTE)

4. Remember the Shabath day by keeping it qodesh. 

Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  but the seventh day is a Shabath to Yahuah your Alahim.

On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates.  For in six days Yahuah made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and He rested on the seventh day.

Therefore Yahuah blessed the Shabath day and made it qodesh.

5. Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land Yahuah your Alahim is giving you.

6. You do not murder.

7. You do not break wedlock.

8. You do not steal.

9. You do not give false testimony against your neighbor.

10. You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

Knowing Torah, and living by it, will mean freedom from captivity.

We are otherwise “captive” to sin, and need to be delivered.



Billions of people are captive to teachings that are not Yahusha’s teachings. 

They are raised in error, rather than TORAH.

An example of denominational captivity,


Amish living patterns are outwardly very pious, and great sacrifices are made to keep their communities closed-off from the wider society.  They speak a Germanic dialect among themselves, but also know English.  Their Scriptures are written in German, however they do not have a working knowledge of Scripture;  usually only one person in a community has access to and can read Scripture.  The “famine” of Yahuah’s Word is a defining trait in their communities, yet they don’t seem to realize it.

Amish behavior that is against Yahuah’s instructions:

Sun-day is thought to be the “Shabath Day”, against Ex. 20, Dt. 5

Eating hog flesh   --  against Lev. 11, Is. 66

Yahuah’s annual festivals are ignored completely.

Most every Christian denomination shares these traits, so it’s obvious where the Amish and others inherited their patterns from:

Roman Catholicism.


Conclusion:  The Amish are not in a Covenant with Yahuah, but rather follow men’s teachings and traditions.

Amish living patterns not commanded by Yahuah, but still required by their “order” (to please the eye of men):

Internal combustion engine-propelled vehicles are not driven.  

(We drive our car because this is the term that was used for centuries when men would "drive" a team of horses).

Certain electrical devices are not used, such as lights and phones.  Some have built homes entirely wired for electricity, but will not hook up to the electric grid  -  they only have the home wired for resale value!  They use candles and oil lamps for illumination after dark.  The buggy below has battery-operated lights for safety, mandated by the authorities.  The gray and black color choice for the buggy is to make the vehicle appear simple and less "prideful."

Every human being (and animal) that lived before 1879 did without these things, including hot water and indoor-plumbing.

(1879 Menlo Park, NJ, Edison lighted up a string of street lights).



A few others that did without the use of electrical devices and had to rely on horse-driven carts to get around:

All the prophets, pharaohs, David, Solomon, Galileo, Shakespear, Constantine, Nimrod, Alexander the Great, Napoleon, Leonardo DaVinci, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Louis and Clarke, and Thomas Edison.

Your cat and dog pets also have given up electrical devices, even oil lamps and candles  -- what benefit toward pleasing Yahuah are these things?

Col 2:20-23:

“Since you died with Mashiak to the basic principles of this world, why, as though you still belonged to it, do you submit to its (THE WORLD'S) rules:  

"Do not handle!  Do not taste! Do not touch!"?   These are all destined to perish with use, because they are based on human commands and teachings.  Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.”

The Amish follow their own teaching authority, be do not follow Yahusha's teachings. They listen to the teachings of men:

DO NOT USE ELECTRICITY!  DO NOT USE ANY TRANSPORTATION BUT HORSES!  DO NOT USE ROUND BUTTONS!   DO NOT USE COLORFUL, PRIDEFUL CLOTHING!  --But go ahead and work on the Shabath, and eat swine flesh, and ignore the Great Commission to teach all nations Torah. Hide your light, and only associate with others who belief exactly the same way you do.

Col 2:8:

“See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Mashiak.” 


History of the Amish

The Amish people in America are an old religious sect, direct descendants of the ANABAPTISTS of sixteenth-century Europe. 

Not to be confused with the term anti-Baptist, these Anabaptist Christians challenged the reforms of Martin Luther and others during the Protestant Reformation, rejecting infant baptism in favor of baptism (or re-baptism) as believing adults. 

They also taught separation of church and state, something unheard of in the 16th century. 

Later known as the Mennonites, after the Dutch Anabaptist leader Menno Simons (1496-1561), a large group of Anabaptists fled to Switzerland and other remote areas of Europe to escape religious persecution.

During the late 1600s a group of devout individuals led by Jakob Ammann broke away from the Swiss Mennonites, primarily over the lack of strict enforcement of Meidung, or shunning - excommunication of disobedient or negligent members.

Are we commissioned to separate ourselves, closing-off our lives from the general population?  

Is this what Yahusha told us to do?

Matt 28:19 - Mark 1:1

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Ruach ha’Qodesh, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.

And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."

Did the early apostles close themselves away from all contact with the outer world, and hide the Scriptures from those in their own communities?


“I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Master Yahusha ha’Mashiak, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.  My brothers, some from Chloe's household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this:  One of you says, "I follow Paul"; another, "I follow Apollos "; another, "I follow Kefa"; still another, "I follow Mashiak."

Is Mashiak divided?  Was Paul executed for you?

Were you baptized into the name of Paul?”  1 Cor 1:10-13

Based on this instruction, is there any legitimate group with a label such as Baptists, Anabaptists, Amish, Mennonites, Moonies, Catholic, Lutheran, Anglican, etc.,?


Conclusion:  No matter how much a group gives up for Yahuah,

if they are not in the Covenant that Yahuah gave to Yisharal (to rule with Al), they are in BIG TIME trouble.  All Gentiles MUST engraft into Yisharal (to rule with Al), and cease being Gentile (Romans 11).



Natsarim  =  branches  (also means watchers)

Natural olive branches: 

Members/Citizens of the commonwealth of Yisharal through the Covenant.

Wild olive branches: 

formerly Gentiles, engrafted by belief into the Covenant.

The Root :  Yahusha, the Source of Life, living water.

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted-in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root,  do not boast over those branches. 

If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in."  Granted.  But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.

Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.   For if Alahim did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.”  

Rom 11:17-21

Someone once said, “If you love Me, keep My Commandments.”

He did not say "If you love Me, keep some of My Commandments", or 
"try to keep My Commandments as best you can."

Ex / Shemoth 20:5-6

I, Yahuah your Alahim, am a jealous Alahim, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of those who hate Me,  but showing love to a thousand [ generations] of those who love Me and keep My Commandments.”

Prov 3:1-2

“My son, forget not My Torah; but let your heart keep My Commandments:  For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to you.”

Prov 4:1-4

“Hear, you children, the instruction of a father, and attend to know understanding.  For I give you good doctrine, forsake not my Torah.

For I was my father's son, tender and only beloved in the sight of my mother.

He taught me also, and said unto me, Let your heart retain my words: keep My Commandments, and live.”

Prov 7:1-3

“My son, keep My words, and lay up My Commandments with you.

Keep My Commandments , and live; and My Torah as the apple of your eye.

Bind them upon thy fingers, write them upon the table of thine heart.”

John / Yahukanon 14:15

“If you love Me, keep My Commandments.”

When we repent and obey, we become Yisharal (to rule with Al), and we know we are in the Covenant with Yahuah.  

It’s then we have unity of teachings, and fellowship with one another.


Yisharal (to rule with Al)   The name passed on to us when Yisharal (to rule with Al) laid his hands upon us.

All people in the Covenant take this name for themselves.

Who are you?   Yisharal (to rule with Al) 

Come out of captivity, return to the Covenant.  

Jer / YirmeYahu 30:10

"'So do not fear, Ya’aqob My servant; do not be dismayed, O Yisharal (to rule with Al),'  declares Yahuah.

'I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile.’”

Gen / Bereshith 48:14-16

“And Yisharal stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.

And he blessed Joseph, and said, ‘Alahim, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the Alahim which fed me all my life long unto this day,

The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.’”