Hebrew Voices #73 – The Yellow Deli Twelve Tribes Communists

The Yellow Deli signIn this episode of Hebrew Voices, The Yellow Deli 'Twelve Tribes' Communists, I sit down with two members of a Tennessee commune who keep the Sabbath, feasts, and eat "Biblically clean". As I enjoyed a delicious cup of their coffee, we discuss replacement theology, the verses they use to explain why they turn over all possessions to their community, and how they try to implement aspects of the Torah into their lives. Here is my conversation with the group that calls itself the "Twelve Tribes".

I look forward to reading your comments!

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The Twelve Tribes

Genesis 18:19
Isaiah 49:6
Luke 14:33-34
Exodus 19:5
1 Peter 2:9
Acts 2:38-47
Matthew 24:14
Acts 4

?כל כך קר, קר שם בחוץ . מתי תתפסי שהחיים זה לא קיבוץ
It’s so cold outside. When you will get that life isn’t a Kibbutz?
Lyrics by: Yehonantan Gefen // Melody and Performance by: Rami Kleinstein

  • DAVID M says:

    I appreciate their sincerity, but they have some foundational issues. One thing that trips people is the terms Old Testament and New Testament. It is helpful to remind people there is nothing “old” in the OT and nothing “brand new” in the NT. OT and NT are merely names of documents– and the names in this case do not indicate content. Also, there are no testaments in the OT or the NT, right? [except for the one in Gen 49 and the one in Gen 50]

  • Scott says:

    Sorry but his was replacement theogoly

  • Caitlin House says:

    I really respect this approach these men and women have about living their lives to be servants. The difference for be between historical communism and Yellow Deli communism is that historical communism always ends up serving an evil man who sits at the top of the pyramid. The Yellow Deli serves the Father, who is not an evil man, but a just, merciful, and loving God.

    I really liked this interview because it made me reconsider a lot of the way we live in this nation. While I am thankful to live here, part of our culture tells us to get as many material things as possible and then discard them when we are done. The focus is on “I.” Yeshua came into the world with very little material items, yet he was the richest man who ever lived because he loved the Father and knew the word. One of the things he preached was to give away materials to those who needed them when those things replace the need to know Yehovah. I think there should be a balance between getting everything we can and giving everything away. This may mean that some people have more or less than others and that is okay.

    Just my rambling thoughts… very interesting.

    • Steve says:

      Don’t confuse having a wealth or materialistic things as a bad thing. There are numerous very ritious people in the Bible that were very pleaseing in our Fathers eyes.
      Having a good lifestyle or materialistic things is a lable people like to put on people.
      It’s seems very convenient to me for this group to receive and in return not give back.
      I have no issues shareing what I have, but neither would I take a man’s coat, then if we parted ways, send him on his way with nothing either. There has to be a happy medium.

      As far as this group not worshipping a man, I suggest you do further research. This group is governed by a “man” by the name of Gene Springs and is never too be talked ill of or bad about at any time. If you do you are ridiculed and shunned. Watch the video I linked about the two men who left, that were 3rd and 4th in charge.
      Don’t get me wrong, they have good intentions, but as the saying goes, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Do I think they are going to hell, no I don’t, I think they partially have it right, but other parts are not so good. It is these parts that keep me from them.

  • jesus L. del Riego says:

    My comment is written through the following verses of Israel Faith Scroll.
    Psalms 91:3
    Hosea 9:8
    Jer. 17: 5, 7, 8, 9
    Is. 51:7
    Is. 26:3, 4
    Micah 7:5
    Psalms 37:3
    Well Nehemia above you have my comment.
    The Grace of YEHOVAH YOSHIA be with your spirit. Amen

  • Kevin Knox says:


    I almost always listen to anything you produce TWICE…at a minimum. I just listened to this podcast for the second time this evening. Interestingly enough, my wife just this evening asked me to look up verses that had to do with God’s blessing on us, specifically with regards to gardening (as in vegetable garden). When she told me this, all I could think of were the covenants between Yehovah and Israel where certain promises of blessing (and cursing!) are made, and so that’s where I went to get her some info for her. Because of her request, I ended up in and around the covenants of promise, starting with the covenant made with Abraham, and going up to around D’varim (Deuteronomy) 28…or thereabouts. My point is that giving up EVERYTHING in order to “serve” is actually anti-covenant in every instance that I looked into this evening due to my wife’s request. As grafted in members of Israel and benefactors of the covenants, we’re supposed to be people of substance. Of course, most American believers won’t see it that way because they practice debt and usury and call it “acceptable”. But contrasted with what Yehovah’s viewpoint is about the matter, through Torah, the way America does this is EVIL. Moreover this, it produces predictably bad results. That’s just one example. We’re not supposed to have nothing, or be poor, or be chased by our enemies, or live in fear, or borrow money, or be needy, or sick. I commend these people for actually DOING something as they interpret the New Testament, but a lot of what they say at the core of it seems to be in contradiction to Torah and that “should” be reconciled. At one point during the interview I heard you mention D’varim which states “There will never cease to be poor in the land…” …and they didn’t miss a beat! It was if you hadn’t even spoken. I thought that was odd.

    Anyway… Shalom to you and Dev and the crew my friend. 🙂

    … Kev

  • Mark Dunn says:

    Jesus is not your Facebook friend.

    Matthew 8:20-22 KJVS
    [20] And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. [21] And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. [22] But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.

    Matthew 10:38 KJVS
    [38] And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me.

    Matthew 16:24 KJVS
    [24] Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    Matthew 19:21 KJVS
    [21] Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

    Matthew 19:28-29 KJVS
    [28] And Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. [29] And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my name’s sake, shall receive an hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

    Mark 8:34 KJVS
    [34] And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.

    Mark 10:21 KJVS
    [21] Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me.

    Luke 9:23 KJVS
    [23] And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.

    Luke 9:59-62 KJVS
    [59] And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. [60] Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. [61] And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. [62] And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

    Luke 18:22 KJVS
    [22] Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

    John 8:12 KJVS
    [12] Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    John 10:27 KJVS
    [27] My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:

    John 12:26 KJVS
    [26] If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will my Father honour.

    John 13:36 KJVS
    [36] Simon Peter said unto him, Lord, whither goest thou? Jesus answered him, Whither I go, thou canst not follow me now; but thou shalt follow me afterwards.

    John 21:19 KJVS
    [19] This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.

    Following Yeshua in the writings is a physical act of leaving every worldly commitment and ties to literally walk behind Yeshua going wherever he went. The communal arrangment from Acts was a necessity because of the persecution of the early Hebrew believers in Yeshua HaMaschiac and for the Gospel of the Kingdom that he preached.

    These people have only read about communism in books. To learn more about the evils of true communism talk to anyone who has escaped from North Korea or lived in the regime of Mao or under Stalin.

    That’s how I see it. Leave your comments below.