My Letter to a Jewish Rabbi Scholar

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Shalom family, I thought that I would put a note that I had sent to a Jewish Rabbi who challenged me to proove that Israelites were and are a people of color. This note has my responses to him.

I thought to post it because I believe it contains some good information and it may be an asset to someone, who know, Yah willing someone can get something out of it. I didn’t use scripture as he was this so called scholar and wanted to not deal on, as he stated a religious bases, but rather an historical bases. Well, he shouldn’t have done that for that is a comfort zone for me. In any event, here is my response.


Black Hebrews? What a joke…. Prove it!

Shalom Rabbi Mordachi,

I just wanted to inform you that I received your communiqué, and would be happy to indulge you concerning your disbelief of the true identity of the descendants of Yisrael to be actually a Brown/Black people. In addition, I’d like to add that “Truth crushed, will rise again. So as a result, it matters not what you, or any Eurocentric person believes or disbelieves, because by a preponderance of the evidence available to all, the original Israelites (Yisraeleem), were and are a people of color.
What I will say will not be what I personally believe, for that would merely be a difference of opinion based on a lack of evidence.. However, I will bring to light all the years of knowledge and research done to shed light on this subject.

I am fully aware that you are a scholar in your field, as I in mine, therefore I will speak to you scholarly , so there is no language barrier. I not only am aware of the truth I profess, but also of the deceiption you profess and has convinced the world of thus far. Now, I know that the very words, ( Black Hebrews/Israelites) cause many ethnic European so-called Jews to grin at what appears to be simply a play on words. No one reads about such people in European authored history books, right? Which is probably why you don’t believe the true Israelites (Jews as you know them) to be actually black or brown people, (in other words, a people of color), and there are only a few references to “Ethiopian Jews” in white Jewish sources. Yet, “Black Hebrews” have existed since biblical times. In fact, they are the original or proto-typical Hebrews. Or perhaps I should say, “We are the definite article if you will. This statement is not made out of prejudice, malice or hatred, but out of many years of learning and practicing this way of life, do I make these statements.

Our story (Black Hebrews) began with the Patriarch Abraham (2117-1942 B.C.), a native of the Sumerian city of Ur in ancient Mesopotamia. Archaeological discoveries have proven that the earliest inhabitants of Southern Mesopotamia were members of(As they put it), the “Brown Race,” i.e., the Negroid or black branch of humanity. (Johan Blumenbach’s Term) I use this term because I know that you will comprehend it. However we as a people don’t use these terms when Identifying ourselves. I just wanted to make that point. Just keep in mind; I’m speaking your language here.

It has been confirmed that the ancient Sumerians were akin to the modern Black Dravidians of India. The Sumerians also had an affinity with a people known as the Elamites, the very first Semitic group mentioned in theTorah (Gen. 10:22). The Elamites were a black-skinned and woolly-haired people as the colorful glazed artwork on the royal palace walls of the ancient Persian city of Susa clearly show. Thus Abraham, the native of Sumeria, and the founding father of the Israelite nation, was a black man, better put, a man of color. The black racial origins of the Patriarchs is not based on mere conjecture, it is in complete agreement with the picture one gets from examining the identity of the earliest inhabitants of southern Mesopotamia. This truth is grossly neglected, suppressed, and distorted in most European and American historical texts which are flavored with race prejudice. Fortunately, however, there are enough well authored and highly researched works by Black and European historians that challenge the Eurocentric revisions of history and correct the various erroneous views regarding the ethnic identity of the Hebrews. I must emphasize that, there is no such thing as a European Hebrew or Israelite for that matter, because that would be as unlikely as the sun revolving around the earth, even though that was once believed to be true, remember?

Anyway, ancient biblical and archeological history relates that the descendants of Abraham, namely Jacob (Israel) and his twelve sons and their wives, 70 in all, migrated from Canaan to Egypt around the year 1827 B.C. During their sojourn in Egypt the Children of Israel multiplied from being a family of 70 souls to a nation of over 3 million people at the time of the Exodus which took place around 1612 B.C. This astounding number of people in so short a time can only be adequately explained by intermarriage between the family of Jacob and the native Egyptian populace. It is an established fact that the ancient Egyptians were a black African people. Thus, even if the Hebrews were not black before they arrived in Egypt, which is unlikely given Abraham’s background, they were definitely black by the time they left Egypt under Moses. Now, even you I’m sure are aware that the ancient Egyptians were a black Hamite race. And if this be true, (and it is), then it stands to reason that if Moshe was mistaken for an Egyptian, then he, and all his people were black as well. If Moshe were light or white of complexion, he would have stood out, and there would have been no way he could have been mistaken for an Egyptian. Just like you couldn’t or wouldn’t mistake a Zebra for a Cow. In addition, one of the signs the almighty gave Moshe was for him to place his hand in his bosom, and as the scripture states, when he removed his hand from his bosom, it was leprous, as white as snow. When he put it back in and removed it again, it had changed back to his original color.

It has always astounded me how Rabbi’s around the world can read this and over look it. I would love to hear how you would explain this to your congregation, but I’m sure Judaism has equipped you to handle this as Christianity’s ministers are equipped, not very well I might add on either side, because mans wisdom is not superior to Yah’s wisdom. So any disputation to the contrary is superfluous. Never the less, I’m sure you all have excuses to explain this away.
Now I ask you, assuming that you are a man of wisdom. If Moshe placed his hand in his bosom the first time and it came out white, then what possible color could it have been initially? I think the answer is obvious, unless of course you are not one of wisdom as I assume.
It is a known fact the biblical Hebrew’s were indistinguishable from native Egyptians and Ethiopians. The Torah is full of examples which demonstrate this, and even ancient secular historians remarked of the physical appearances of the Hebrews. Oh yes, I have the sources, for example The historian Tacitus stated that it was a common opinion among the Romans that the Jews (Hebrews) “were an Ethiopian race.” In Roman times Palestinian Israelites were classed among Black Africans because it was almost impossible to tell them apart.
Hence, the Eurocentric Jewish notion of the Black Hebrew as a kind of Johnnie-come-lately in Hebraic history does not jive with the facts. On the contrary, the historical record is abundantly clear that the white European Jews are not Israelites in the biological sense but are actually the descendants of converts to Judaism during Greco-Roman and Mediaeval times. Professor Roland B. Dixon states emphatically that: “The great majority of all Jews [Ashkenazi] to-day are ‘Semites’ only in speech, and their true ancestry goes back not to Palestine and Arabia as to the uplands of Anatolia and Armenia, the Caucasus and the steppes of Central Asia, and their nearest relatives are still to be found in these areas to-day” If you doubt this, take out the time to read one of your own scholars in a book entitled (Racial History Of Man, p. 175). I know that there is a belief that so called black people don’t read, however this is not true across the board, for I’m a witness because I do read and comprehend quit well.
Caucasian Jews are not the lineal descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Nor do they constitute a separate race but rather a religious fraternity which adheres to the ethnic tradition of my people (although we don’t know it) whose origins are inextricably linked to Black Africa.
So, you may now ask, “if the original Hebrews were black where are their descendants in the world today” Well, you’ve reached out to one when you sent me your private message, and the brother you spoke with who referred you to me also. There is one thing to keep in mind, all Hebrew’s are black, but not all black people are Hebrews. The Israelites were only one of several black people existing in the ancient world.
Nevertheless, it is certain that the ancient Hebrew customs and practices who’s legacy originated in Africa, were adopted by that of white Jews in Europe. Very little is heard about the hundreds of thousands of Black Hebrews living in various parts of the world such as Africa, Asia, India, Arabia, the Caribbean islands, South America, and North America.
The history of Black Hebrews in North America is perhaps one of the most important chapters in US history which has yet to be fully written. The ancestors of African Americans came from West Africa through the Atlantic Slave Trade, sponsored by so called Jew’s who were sole owners of the slave ships of transport. (Didn’t think I knew that huh) I refer you to a book entitled, “Who Brought the Slaves to America” that will explain it all.
That particular region of West Africa was once home to a number of Black Hebrew tribes that migrated from North and East Africa over many centuries. In speaking of these migrations, Dr. Yoseph A. A. ben-Yochannan writes that: “In North Africa, just before the period of Christianity’s legal entry into Rome – due to Constantine “the Great” conversion in the 4th century – there were many Hebrew ‘tribes’ that are of indigenous African decent. These so called African Hebrew’s, as all other Romanized-African of this era, were caught in a rebellion in Cyrene (Cyrenaica) during 115 C.E. against Roman imperialism and colonialism. This rebellion also marked the beginning of a mass Hebrew migration southward into Soudan (Sudan or West Africa) along the way of the city Aer (Air) and into the countries of Futa Jalon and Senegal (Sene-Gambia) which lie below the parabolic curve of the Niger River’s most northern reaches, where the City of Tumbut (Timbuktu, Timbuctoo, etc.), Melle (Mali) presently stands.” If you don’t believe this is true, then read>(”African Origins of the Major Western Religions,” 1970, p. 76).
Dr. Ben goes on to relate that Black Israelite immigrants from northern and eastern Africa merged with indigenous groups in western Africa to become the Fulani of Futa Jalon, Bornu, Kamen, and Lake Chad. They also formed the parent-stock of groups such as the Ashanti, the Hausa, the B’nai Ephraim, and the Bavumbu (Mavumbu or Ma-yomba), Batutsi. All of these groups suffered tremendous population decreases during the years the Atlantic slave trade was in operation, others were completely eliminated.
That was Dr. Bens information from his book, however, my research over the years have discovered this information as well. During these last forty years, the Batutsi have been exterminated, and till now they are being exterminated, because of their Hebraic identity and their Salomonic legacy. According to their history and legacy, they claim to be the descendants of two Israelite Tribes: Judah and Dan. Since I’ve mentioned Judah here, I would like to take this time to interject something. The term “Jew” does not denote a race or ethnic group, nor is it the name by which the chosen people identified themselves. I’m sure, even you should know that Jacob’s name was not changed to Judah from whence comes the name “Jew”( which is short.for Judah) Jacobs name was changed to Israel, and his descendents were name Isralites. Judah only represented 1 tribe of 12, which made up the Nation of Israel, and not the entire nation. So even if you thought that you were actually a Israelite, you don’t identify yourself as such calling yourself a Jew. Of course, you couldn’t say that you were an Israelite, because all who know the history would know you to be a fraud. Furthermore, the name Jewish denotes a religion and not a nationality. This is proven out by the fact that any ethnic group on the planet can become Jewish if they desire, they would only have to take the Helacha (Jewish ritual to become a Jew) and their in. That is only possible with religions because its only an idea that one need except, however one cannot join a race, you have to be born through the bloodline to be considered a part of a race, but not so with Judaism. Those who perpetuated the Salomonic Kingdom of Zagwe in the land of Havila (South of Ethiopia or Great Lakes, particularly Burundi, Rwanda, Kivu, Masisi, Sheba) claim to be the sons of King Solomon and Queen of Sheba. Indeed, the prestigious King of Israel Solomon The Wise, has numerous decedents from his union with the Queen of Sheba, which is the ancient reference for the Salomonic legacy of Batutsi.

Thus, every so-called African American, West Indian, so called black Hispanic or Haitian is of Israelite ancestry, whether he or she knows it or not. Namely all the so called blacks that were taken into slavery and transported to the isles of the world. Even in the very crucible of slavery the descendants of West African Hebrew captives in America struggled to keep their heritages from being obliterated by forced assimilation and acculturation. Their distinctive traditions became submerged in Christianity but always remained a part of the oral tradition via the so-called Negro Spirituals which praise the memory of our ancestors and kinsmen like Jacob, Abraham, Moses, David, Joshua, Daniel and Ezekiel. This was well before our Christianization as a people.
Since the so-called African-American conviction of having Israelite ancestry antedates the Civil War it is not surprising that the earliest Black Hebrew congregation to be established in North America was founded in the 1880s in Chattanooga, Tennessee by F. S. Cherry (the group later moved to Philadelphia). Cherry was a railroad worker and seaman who was fluent in both Yiddish and Hebrew. He adamantly preached that so-called American Negroes are really the lost sheep of the House of Israel whose true legacy was stolen from them during slavery. He urged his hearers to investigate their history in order to rediscover this truth and reclaim their heritage.
In 1896, a man by the name of William S. Crowdy established another Hebrew congregation in Lawrence, Kansas. In 1899, Leon Richlieu established the Moorish Zionist Temple in Brooklyn. To date there are literally hundreds of uncharted Black Hebrew congregations in North America. They do not exist because of an aversion for mainstream American Protestantism or an attraction to white Jewish culture. As stated earlier, Black Hebrews have always been in the world; and you repudiate the notion that we are usurpers of the heritage of white Jews, when in reality, its just the opposite.
The great proliferation of Black Hebrew groups occurred after World War I during the Great Migration of Blacks from rural areas in the South to urban centers in the North. There were at least nine Black Hebrew congregations in New York in the early 1900s, one of which was founded by a so called West Indian named Arnold Josiah Ford called “Beth B’nai Abraham Congregation.” In 1918, another West Indian born Israelite named Wentworth Arthur Matthews founded the “Commandment Keepers,” and emerged as one of the leading Black Israelite rabbis in Harlem. Born in 1892 of African Hebraic parentage in Lagos, West Africa, Matthews moved with his family to St. Kitts in the West Indies before coming to America in 1911.
Branches of the “Commandment Keepers” exist in many American cities such as Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Cincinnati, Chicago, Ohio, Virginia, and New Jersey. In 1965, the “House of Judah” was founded by William Lewis in Wetumpka, Alabama. The group later purchased a twenty-acre tract near Grand Junction, Michigan where they practice a communal life-style. Black Hebrews feel that by reclaiming their Israelite identity they have also recovered an important part of their ancestral heritage. We hold to the conviction that our “Hebrew ness” is directly traceable to our African forebears, namely Hebrews of Israelite extraction who were brought to this country during slavery. Black Israelite groups in America are decentralized and varied in ideology. But one thing we all have in common, unlike white Orthodox Jews, and black Jews. Black Hebrews Israelites reject the Talmud, as a collection of commentaries being sub par with the Torah and so we do not conform to rabbinical judgments which emphasize the need of conversion to Talmudism in order to be considered “truly” Jewish. Nor do we classify ourselves as “Jews” for our father was not named Jew or Judah, but rather Yacob or Jacob, who’s name was changed to Yisrael, or Israel…Hence we are known and the “Sons of Yisrael. The term Jew comes from the Hebrew name Judah (Yehudah), however, there is no mention in Torah that the nation was to bare the name of one of the tribes, namely Judah, but rather they were to bare the name of their father, Yisrael, hence the passage, “And the lord said unto Moses, speak unto the CHILDREN OF ISRAEL”, Never once did you see it written, “Speak unto the children of Jew, for there were, and are no such people. It’s a tribal name, not a national name, and it belongs to Africans, not Europeans with all due respect.
Since the Torah recognizes patrilineal as well as matrilineal descent, Black Hebrews (like Reform Jews) do not place any special significance on having a “Jewish” mother as do Orthodox Jews. Another major reason why the Talmud is rejected is due to its role in creating the so-called Hametic Myth which is the doctrine that teaches that all black-skinned people are the cursed descendants of Ham in the Bible.
It was the promulgation of this erroneous myth, passing under the guise of “Jewish” talmudic scholarship, which provided the moral pretext for European slavery of Africans. The Talmud was not the product of ethnic Hebrews but of proselytized Babylonian sages who worked on editing it from the 3rd to in the 6th century A.D. It should not be used as the litmus test on Hebrew identity, particularly since it was of men who were clearly prejudice of Blacks, Israelites or otherwise.

A major dilemma facing many Black Hebrews who wish to settle in Israel has to do with the Talmud and the fact that conversion is a mandatory prerequisite for gaining Israeli citizenship. The Black Hebrew’s from Ethiopia were not allowed to immigrate to Israel until they agreed to undergo a ceremonial conversion to white Judaism (which was tantamount to a denial of their own Hebraic self Identity) and embrace the Talmud. However, many Ethiopian Jews, particularly in the aftermath of the recent blood scandal in Israel, are seriously rethinking their decision to adopt the Talmud because it has not given them equal status with other white Israelis.

Ethiopian Hebrew’s (The descendants of Solomon’s son Menalek by Bilqis the Queen of Sheba) occupy the bottom rung of Israeli society today because they are black and are not considered “true” Hebrews because of their blackness. American Black Hebrews wanting to join their Ethiopian brethren feel that the Israeli Law of Return is unjust because it forces recognition of a racist text (the Talmud) in order to be considered eligible for citizenship It is truly ironic that the descendants of the original Hebrews are not considered to be Hebrews even in their own land because they happen to look like their distant forebears.

Well Mordachi, its getting late and I must rest now. I’ve got to work later today and must get some much needed rest now….However, I just wanted to drop this information on you since you asked.
Whether you believe this information or not, the fact remains, I and my people are the true and living Israelites who are often imitated, but can never be duplicated.

Moreh Moshay Yisrael


~ by tellitlikeitizsista on October 2, 2010.

3 Responses to “My Letter to a Jewish Rabbi Scholar”

  1. this was nice sister i read a lot i did not know in his-story todah for this.

    • Todah Achoti. This note was actually written by “Moreh Moshe Yisrael”, who gave me permission to use it on the site. All praises to the YAH. Im glad you enjoyed the information! Be sure to come back as we will be adding more material.

  2. give thanks to yah for given morehs like this one who really show this world of it wickedness.i know the robb i[rabbi]definately will challenge it is their job to rob us.he should ask himself why they chose to repaint the biblical pictures in jerusalem one particular picture they forgot the legs and the picture has white face and black about the blacks in the holy land who exit till now can the [rob i] explain that. i lived in israel before and i eat dine with them.they will tell you how the whites came to the land but the whites cannot tell where they came from.i lived in ghana were i was born i stop going to church at the age of 14 when i could read and write and discern the lies they taught us in church.because something was wrong most of the things i read in the old testament i found at that time, we were living it and my grand parents use to tell me we came from rebellion to these lies led me to find the whole truth.all these religious institutions back by all mighty satan [govermental institutions] are all part of this diabolic plan to keep us from our source of burn them.good one moreh.yah bless you.

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