Rising of Zion Constitution
Moreh Hanok ben Yisrael

WHEREAS, it is the expressed purpose of YHWH our Sovereign Creator to call out of the diaspora, the Israelite people, who shall contribute according to the words of the prophets, built and established on the foundation of the Torah, with YHWH as the Chief Cornerstone.

WHEREAS, the members of the Rising of Zion are enjoined to assemble themselves together for worship, fellowship, counsel, and instruction in the Word of YHWH and the work of the ministry and for the exercise of those spiritual gifts and offices provided for in the Scriptures, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED: That we recognize ourselves as a body within the kingdom of priests in YHWH, working together for the common purpose of spreading the absolute truths of the Torah of YHWH.

Article I. Leadership

“And now, children, love Lewi so that you may endure. Do not be arrogant toward him or you will be wholly destroyed. To me Alahin has given the kingship and to him, the priesthood; and he has subjected the kingship to the priesthood. To me he gave earthly matters and to Lewi, heavenly matters. As heaven is superior to the earth, so is Elohim’s priesthood superior to the kingdom on earth, unless through sin it falls away from YHWH and is dominated by the earthly kingdom. For YHWH chose him over you to draw near to him, to eat at his table to present as offerings the costly things of the sons of Yisrael” (Testament of the Twelve Patriarchs 21:1 – 5; The Old Testament Pseudepigrapha, Vol.1)

 

Section 1 – Full spiritual authority over all the activities of Rising of Zion is vested in the board of Elders. Partial authority is granted to the Bet Din, which is to be selected and anointed by the Board of Elders.

 

Section 2 – Board of Elders must be well-educated in all aspects of the Torah. The Bet Din must be well versed in Torah judicial laws, local, national, and international laws and must write a copy of them (Deuteronomy 17:14-20). They are sitting as Judges in Rising of Zion’s Bet Din and their term shall last 7 years. If any abuses of the Bet Din Members’ practices are discovered, then he or she shall be tried for corruption and this Bet Din member’s term shall be suspended with zero chance to run for Bet Din Membership ever again and another selection process shall take place. The selections shall last one month. 

Article II. Family

Section 1 – Every man/woman must respect, honor and revere his or her parents with devotion (Exodus 20:12; Leviticus 19:3; Deuteronomy 5:16)

Section 2 – Every man/woman must rise before the elders out of respect and honor (Leviticus 19:32)

Section 3 – Any man/woman that curses his or her parents shall face excommunication from Rising of Zion. They are totally responsible for their actions and the treatment of their parents (Leviticus 20:9).

Section 4 – When a father’s soul transmigrates back to YHWH his inheritance must be granted to his first-born son. If he does not have a son his inheritance shall be granted to his eldest daughter. Should the father not have any children, then his Inheritance shall be granted to his brothers, but if he has no brothers, then his inheritance shall be granted to his father. However, if the father’s father is deceased his inheritance shall be granted to his father’s first-born brother. If he has none of these men or women, the father’s inheritance shall be granted to a male relative (Numbers 27:5-11).

Section 5 – No man shall lust or crave another man’s female consorts, family or material possessions (Exodus 20:14/Deuteronomy 5:18).

Section 6 – Any man not engaged to a virgin woman and violates her virginity must pay a dowry of 50 pieces of 1 oz silver coinages to be his female consort. If the father of the woman whose virginity was violated refuses to grant his Daughter to the violator to female consort, then the violator shall grant the father a dowry of 50 pieces of 1 oz silver coinages  according to the dowry of virgins (Exodus 22:15-16).

Section 7 – No man that is a father or step father shall mentally, emotionally, physically or spiritually provoke his daughter or step daughter to become a promiscuous woman whether it be due to rape, physical abuse, influencing to the friends with benefits philosophy, provoking sexual relations (coitus) with boyfriends, admiration of prostitution, pornography, etc. (Leviticus 19:29).

Section 8 – Should a man falsely accuse his newly-wed female consort of not being a virgin during their first sexual encounter the father and the mother of the woman accused shall take the woman and the white sheet as evidence before the elders. If the evidence for the accused be discovered with the appearance of the speckled blood appearing on the white sheet the accuser shall be rebuked and charged 100 pieces of 1 oz silver coinages. However, if the accuser speaks the truth and the evidence is apparent, then the woman shall face excommunication (Deuteronomy 22:13-21).

Section 9 – Adultery is highly prohibited. If a man and a married woman are discovered together in sexual relations (coitus) they shall face excommunication (Deuteronomy 22:22).

Section 10 – Sexual relations between an engaged woman and a man that is not her mate is considered adultery. Should they be found committing adultery together they shall face excommunication from Rising of Zion (Deuteronomy 22:23-24). 

Section 11 – If an engaged woman or a married woman be found engaged in sexual relations (coitus) with a man that is not her Ba’al and screams for help because she is being raped, the man shall only face excommunication from Rising of Zion. However, if the engaged woman or the married woman does not scream for help; both the man and the engaged or married woman shall face excommunication. The sexual desire and activity are considered mutual (Deuteronomy 22:25-26).

Section 12 – Should a virgin woman that is not engaged or married consent to sexual relations (coitus) with a man and it be discovered the man that had sexual relations (coitus) with the virgin woman will pay a 50 pieces of 1 oz silver dowry to her father. The man cannot divorce the woman all the days of her life (Deuteronomy 22:28-29).

Section 13 – No man shall have sexual relations (coitus) with his father’s female consort (Deuteronomy 22:30).

Article III. Land Ownership & Use

Section 1 – For six years shall agriculturalists work the land and gather in the harvest. However, in the seventh-year planting and gathering in the produce is restricted. The seventh year is a Shabbat of Rest for the land allowing it to rest and the poor and the beasts of the field to consume its produce (Exodus 23:10-11). When gleaning your land in agriculture do not gather everything in your harvest. Leave a nice portion for the poor and the alien that dwells with us (Leviticus 19:9-10). 

 

Section 2 – Allowing the land to rest during the Seventh year, whatsoever grows on its own shall be consumed by you and your household, and the alien that dwells among you, cattle, beasts, etc. (Leviticus 25:1-7).

 

Section 3 – Should a daughter inherit her father’s inheritance she shall only marry within her father’s tribe so that tribal inheritance doesn’t become mixed up with other tribal inheritances (Numbers 27:1-11; Numbers 36:5-9).

 

Section 4 – If a landmark was set in your land by someone of former times it is prohibited to remove it from its location (Deuteronomy 19:14).

 

Section 5 – When sowing your fields do not mix diverse seeds, nor mix diverse seeds in your vineyards. Each field must be sowed with one kind of seed that your produce doesn’t become hybrid and so that it does not choke out the diverse seeds in it (Deuteronomy 22:9).

Article IV. Personal Property

Section 1 – Stealing anything belonging to your neighbor is prohibited (Exodus 20:15).

 

Section 2 – Coveting your neighbor’s house, female consort, etc. is prohibited (Exodus 20:17).

 

Section 3 – Any property belonging to another that is taken by deception, robbery, violence, etc. shall be returned by the offender. After the offender has done so he or she shall go to the Board of Elders that the Board of Elders sees to the offender’s atonement (Leviticus 6:1-7).

 

Section 4 – If you see your neighbor’s pet wander away from its owner’s property you shall bring it back to him or her. If the owner isn’t home then you shall take the pet home with you until he or she returns home, then you shall give their pet back to them and explain the situation. You shall do this with all of his or her properties. If your neighbor’s pet or anything that belongs to him or her that is a living, breathing creature falls down under a heavy burden then you shall help your neighbor to pick it up (Deuteronomy 22:1-4). 

Article V. Respect of Persons

Section 1 – It is not permissible to commit perjury in any case (Exodus 20:16).

Section 2 – The alien, the widow and the fatherless child shall not be mistreated (Exodus 22:21-22). 

Section 3 – If anyone that you lend money to is poverty stricken you shall not harass that man/woman, nor shall you add interest to his or her debt. If you take your poverty-stricken neighbor has given you his or her garment or anything of value to pledge, you shall give it back to them before sundown (Exodus 22:25-27). 

Section 4 – Making false accusations is a crime against the accused man/woman and against our people. It is not tolerated. In judgment you shall not side with a man or woman because he or she is poor. Neither shall you take bribes when involved in a court case. There is no justification in mistreating the alien (Exodus 23:1-3, 7-9).

Section 5 – Dealing deceptively towards one another is not tolerated in our piety. Neither is lying to one another (Leviticus 19:11).

Section 6 – Cursing YHWH’s divine appellation is prohibited (Leviticus 19:12).

Section 7 – Cheating your neighbor or robbing him of his wages is highly prohibited. You shall pay your employee the wages due him or her when vowed (Leviticus 19:13).

Section 8 – Taunting the deaf and taunting the blind in any form is prohibited. You must revere YHWH (Leviticus 19:14).

Section 9 – It is prohibited to make biased judgments, to side with anyone because he or she is poverty stricken, or to side with anyone because he or she is wealthy (Leviticus 19:15).

Section 10 – Senseless gossip is prohibited in our community and standing up against the blood of our people is prohibited (Leviticus 19:16). 

 

Section 11 – Oppressing the alien is prohibited. The alien shall be as one of us in that we must love and respect them as ourselves. Our judgments must be accurate and just (Leviticus 19:33-36).

Section 13 – If your brother or sister is poverty stricken take him or her in and help him or her with no thought of being a creditor towards him. This includes the alien that truly needs your help if you can help him or her. Revere YHWH and help the poverty stricken (Leviticus 25: 35-36).

Section 14 – Each location of our dwellings shall have officers and judges in our community. Again, judgments shall be pure and clean. Bribes are prohibited and respecting a anyone because of his or her social and economic status is prohibited (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).

Section 15 – If anyone is found worshipping other deities he or she shall be excommunicated. At the mouths of two or more witnesses shall the accused be tried by the Bet Din. If a matter of controversy arises during a case of the accused idolatry practitioner, then the case shall be given to the priests of Lewi and the judges. Whatsoever they grant after reviewing the case do. Going against their instructions is prohibited (Deuteronomy 17:2-13).

Section 16 – Unintentional killings with evidence are not crimes and shall be treated as such. Moreover, premeditated killings are grave crimes and the murderers are excommunicated without exoneration (Deuteronomy 19:4-13).

Section 17 – There is no case when there is only one witness. However, a false witness shall be excommunicated from our community (Deuteronomy 19:15-21).

Section 18 – Lending to a alien is permitted, but lending to an Israelite with interest is prohibited (Deuteronomy 23: 19-20).

Article VI. Justice

Section 1 – It is not permissible to commit perjury in any case (Exodus 20:16).

Section 2 – The alien, the widow and the fatherless child shall not be mistreated (Exodus 22:21-22). 

Section 3 – If anyone that you lend money to is poverty stricken you shall not harass that man/woman, nor shall you add interest to his or her debt. If you take your poverty-stricken neighbor has given you his or her garment or anything of value to pledge, you shall give it back to them before sundown (Exodus 22:25-27). 

Section 4 – Making false accusations is a crime against the accused man/woman and against our people. It is not tolerated. In judgment you shall not side with a man or woman because he or she is poor. Neither shall you take bribes when involved in a court case. There is no justification in mistreating the alien (Exodus 23:1-3, 7-9).

Section 5 – Dealing deceptively towards one another is not tolerated in our piety. Neither is lying to one another (Leviticus 19:11).

Section 6 – Cursing YHWH’s divine appellation is prohibited (Leviticus 19:12).

Section 7 – Cheating your neighbor or robbing him of his wages is highly prohibited. You shall pay your employee the wages due him or her when vowed (Leviticus 19:13).

Section 8 – Taunting the deaf and taunting the blind in any form is prohibited. You must revere YHWH (Leviticus 19:14).

Section 9 – It is prohibited to make biased judgments, to side with anyone because he or she is poverty stricken, or to side with anyone because he or she is wealthy (Leviticus 19:15).

Section 10 – Senseless gossip is prohibited in our community and standing up against the blood of our people is prohibited (Leviticus 19:16). 

Section 11 – Oppressing the alien is prohibited. The alien shall be as one of us in that we must love and respect them as ourselves. Our judgments must be accurate and just (Leviticus 19:33-36).

Section 13 – If your brother or sister is poverty stricken take him or her in and help him or her with no thought of being a creditor towards him. This includes the alien that truly needs your help if you can help him or her. Revere YHWH and help the poverty stricken (Leviticus 25: 35-36).

Section 14 – Each location of our dwellings shall have officers and judges in our community. Again, judgments shall be pure and clean. Bribes are prohibited and respecting anyone because of his or her social and economic status is prohibited (Deuteronomy 16:18-20).

Section 15 – If anyone is found worshipping other deities he or she shall be excommunicated. At the mouths of two or more witnesses shall the accused be tried by the Bet Din. If a matter of controversy arises during a case of the accused idolatry practitioner, then the case shall be given to the priests of Lewi and the judges. Whatsoever they grant after reviewing the case do. Going against their instructions is prohibited (Deuteronomy 17:2-13).

Section 16 – Unintentional killings with evidence are not crimes and shall be treated as such. Moreover, premeditated killings are grave crimes and the murderers are excommunicated without exoneration (Deuteronomy 19:4-13).

Section 17 – There is no case when there is only one witness. However, a false witness shall be excommunicated from our community (Deuteronomy 19:15-21).

Section 18 – Lending to a alien is permitted, but lending to an Israelite with interest is prohibited (Deuteronomy 23: 19-20).

Article VII. Sexual and Bodily Purity

Section 1 – Having sexual relations (coitus) with animals is prohibited. If anyone is discovered having sexual relations (coitus) with beasts he or she shall be excommunicated (Exodus 22:19).

Section 2 – Adultery is forbidden. Having sexual relations (coitus) with your mother, father, brother, sister, step-mother, step-father, step-brother, step-sister, half-brother, half-sister, uncle, aunt, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, fathers-in-law, mothers-in-law, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, sisters together or to practice homosexual relations (coitus) are all prohibited. Bodily discharges must be alleviated according to the sovereign Torah with Holistic Practices (Leviticus 12-15; 18; 10:10-21).

Section 3 – A woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man, nor shall a man wear that which pertains to a woman. It disrespects YHWH’s eternal order (Deuteronomy 22:5).

Article VIII. Divination

 

Section 1 – Consulting psychics, wizards, witches, etc. is prohibited. Only consult the priests of Lewi and the prophets (seers) of YHWH for answers (Leviticus 10:26, 31). 

 

Section 2 – Seeking answers from YHWH through a Board of Elders or a prophet in the Rising of Zion Community is allowed. However, seeking out answers from the spirit world from outside of our community is prohibited and the seeker shall be excommunicated (Exodus 28; Leviticus 21:27; Deuteronomy 18:9-14).

 

Article IX. Food Laws

Section 1 – Rising of Zion strictly adheres to the dietary laws of Torah, based on the 11th chapter of Leviticus. Any and all interpretations are designated by the board of Elders and are upheld by the Bet Din, within the jurisdiction of the Rising of Zion.