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Being a Hebrew Israelite is not a religion

“With new chief rabbi, black Hebrew-Israelites make bid to enter the Jewish mainstream”

Washington Post, November 24, 2015

First, giving all praise to Yah YAHWAH Most High, peace and blessings to one and all!

The headline from the Washington Post quoted above is a graphic example of the on-going attempts of the media to confuse the issue of the identity of the Children of Israel. First of all, the headline says that “black Hebrew Israelites” now have a new Chief Rabbi; this wording implies that there are some other Hebrew Israelites who are not black!

Secondly, it states that the ordination of the new Chief Rabbi is an attempt to enter the “Jewish” mainstream. What is the “Jewish mainstream”? But, before we go there, what is “Jewish”?

“The Jews (Hebrew: יְהוּדִים ISO 259-3 Yehudim, Israeli pronunciation[jehuˈdim]), also known as the Jewish people, are an ethnoreligious group[11] originating from the Israelites, or Hebrews, of the Ancient Near East.[12][13] Jewish ethnicity, nationhood andreligion are strongly interrelated, as Judaism is the traditional faith of the Jewish nation,[14][15][16] while its observance varies from strict observance to complete nonobservance.”

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Here we find it clearly stated that the Jewish people originated “from the Israelites, or Hebrews“. This being true, being “Jewish” is a substrata of the Hebrew Israelite people, and it would be more appropriate to say that the Jewish people should be seeking to re-integrate into the mainstream of the family of Hebrew Israelites!

A key point in the above quote is the statement that the Jewish people are “an ethnoreligious group”; what is meant by “ethnoreligious”?

“An ethnoreligious group (or ethno-religious group) is an ethnic group whose members are also unified by a common religious background.”

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Now, let’s look at what an “ethnic group” is.

“An ethnic group or ethnicity is a category of people who identify with each other based on common ancestral, social, cultural or national experience.[1][2] Unlike most other social groups, ethnicity is primarily an inherited status. Membership of an ethnic group tends to be defined by a shared cultural heritage, ancestry, origin myth, history, homeland, language and/or dialect, symbolic systems such as religion, mythology and ritual, cuisine, dressing style, art, and physical appearance.”

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Thus, the Jews are a people who are primarily Hebrew Israelites, but who are united by a common religious background, but who are they within the family of Hebrew Israelites?

“When Solomon died, between 926 and 922 BCE, the ten northern tribes refused to submit to his son, Rehoboam, and revolted.

From this point on, there would be two kingdoms of Hebrews: in the north - Israel, and in the south - Judah.

In 701, the Assyrian Sennacherib would gain territory from Judah, and the Jews would have suffered the same fate as the Israelites.

The Hebrew kingdom, started with such promise and glory by David, was now at an end. It would never appear again, except for a brief time in the second century BC, and to the Jews forced to relocate and the Jews left to scratch out a living in their once proud kingdom, it seemed as if no Jewish nation would ever exist again. It also seemed as if the special bond that Yahweh had promised to the Hebrews, the covenant that the Hebrews would serve a special place in history, had been broken and forgotten by their god. This period of confusion and despair, a community together but homeless in the streets of Babylon, makes up one of the most significant historical periods in Jewish history: the Exile.”

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The Jewish people are thus the seed of the Hebrew Israelites who lived in the kingdom of Judah, and who represent 2/12 or 1/6 of the United Kingdom, as stated above. In the last paragraph, we see the emphasis shifting from a Hebrew Kingdom to a Jewish Nation, which, regretfully, is reflected in the views of the Jewish people at this time.

This view gives no credence to or shows any faith in the God that is spoken of in the last paragraph, who chose the Hebrew Israelites as His special people. In the above quote, Yahweh is referred to as the “god” of the Hebrews, rather than as their “God”, and the inference is that He broke the covenant rather than acknowledging that it was our forefathers who were rebellious and the cause of the tragic fate that the Israelites experienced.

We know of a surety that Yah YAHWAH Most High will fulfill His promise to our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, for we stand as testimony to His great power, mercy and love. We are here in this land because He said that He would bring back His scattered sheep and give them the land He promised to their fathers; He has brought us out of the north lands and the isles of the sea to walk again on this Holy ground, to worship and serve Him in Spirit and in Truth.

It is time to make the family whole again, for Judah to return back into the Hebrew Israelite people; it was the apostasy of Solomon that led to the dividing of the Nation into two Kingdoms, and this truth must be acknowledged.

“9 And YHWH was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned away from YHWH, the God of Israel, who had appeared unto him twice,

11 Wherefore YHWH said unto Solomon: 'Forasmuch as this hath been in thy mind, and thou hast not kept My covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded thee, I will surely rend the kingdom from thee, and will give it to thy servant.

13 Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but I will give one tribe to thy son; for David My servant's sake, and for Jerusalem's sake which I have chosen.'”

I Kings 11

It is time for Judah to come back into the Hebrew Israelite mainstream!

May Yah YAHWAH Most High bless you and keep you; may He shine His countenance upon you and be gracious onto you; may Yah YAHWAH Most High lift up His countenance upon you, and give you Peace!

Shabbat shalom….

Anaviel Ben Eleazer HaCohen


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