Who Are the True Children of Israel?

3 Oct

Why is this poem on this blog?

Judaism is full of myth.

This particular relgious mythology has been promoted by Asiatic, Indo-European, and European people.

Also, people of African descent have also promoted Judaism’s mythology.

Believe what you will, but if you dip this religious mythology in chocolate (i.e., make them Black Jews), it still doesn’t mean you can confirm any events or the existence of the biblical patriarchs.

Again, believe what you will.

Proving it is another mattter.

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Did you know that there are a good number of Black Jews out there?

They are not a common as Black Christians or Black Muslims, but they are out there.

As of the writing of this piece, among the many Black Hebrew Israelite (BHI) denominations, three of the best-known are as follows: the Commandment Keepers Ethiopian Hebrew Congregation of the Living God Pillar & Ground of Truth, Inc.; the Church of God and Saints of Christ; and the Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ (ICGJC).

NOTICE: I will pose some questions to adherents of the three organizations that they may find uncomfortable. As I’ve have always said and will continue to say, believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person and your beliefs make you productive rather than destructive. My goal here is to provoke critical thinking and analysis of the subjects at hand. I just want people to know about things that affect their community.

This poem is written in a style that I call Triple Rhyme Time. In this style of poetry, I present information on three subjects/groups and the rhyme scheme is different from traditional rhyme schemes as every three lines rhyme instead of every two lines.

I hope that you find this information enlightening.

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“Who Are The True Children of Israel?”

© 2012 Tyrone Turner

All rights reserved.

The Commandment Keepers were a large, Black Jewish congregation in Harlem.

It surprises me how many people have never heard of them.

They believe that through King Solomon and Queen Sheba they are the descendants of Shem.

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Rabbi Wentworth Arthur Matthew was born in Nigeria and he established the Israelite Rabbinical Academy.

He ordained more than 20 rabbis who led congregations in the U.S. and various islands located to our south in the Caribbean Sea.

He taught that the original Jews were all Black but the Ashkenazim deserved credit as they kept traditions alive while Blacks were taken into slavery.

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Rabbi Matthew was a supporter of Marcus Garvey’s UNIA (Universal Negro Improvement Association) and the vision of a Black Utopia.

The Commandment Keepers added to the UNIA program and strengthened ties between Blacks in America and Africa – particularly Beta Israel in Ethiopia.

The spiritual, economic, and political mixture had the potential to be quite a cornucopia.

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The rites and practices are in line with the Sephardi style of Judaism such as the way they conduct services on the Sabbath and the use of the De Sola Pool Spanish and Portuguese Prayer Book.

To have seen these Black Jews walking into their synagogue at 1 West 123rd Street would have caused most to take a surprised second look.

Like the namesake of Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Less Traveled” was the path that this congregation took.

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Prophet William Saunders Crowdy started the Church of God and Saints of Christ in Lawrence, Kansas in 1896.

Their doctrine borrows from both Old Testament and New Testament rituals that makes for a unique mix.

They are well-organized and active in their respective communities so their legacy sticks.

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They are the oldest BHI in the world but don’t get a lot of press.

Maybe it is because they silently do community service work and only on the Sabbath do they have a distinguishable style of dress.

They teach that the original Hebrews of the Bible were Black, but the brotherhood of all men is something that they also profess.

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Their a capella style of singing is enjoyable and will get your hands clapping and your feet moving.

You’ll be prancing and swaying to the harmony as their sweet hymns are so soothing.

It is so enjoyable you’ll think that you’re in a dance club grooving.

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The Israelite Church of God in Jesus Christ is a little different from the other two.

They believe that Jesus is the Messiah and that he is coming back to gather his people, but he comes like a thief in the night so as for an exact time we haven’t a clue.

However if you are not of the Twelve Tribes he is NOT a savior for you.

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Tazadaqyah is the current leader of the organization and he is called The Comforter by those who believe in what he is teaching.

Their church doesn’t have an open-door policy so unless you’re invited you’ll have to go to his website to hear him preaching.

He is charismatic, street-smart, and a good speaker so among inner-city dwellers his message is wide-reaching.

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In their theology, Blacks are the chosen people and that White people and those who disbelieve in his teachings will all burn in Hell.

White Jews are impostors and they have no right to be in the Holy Land in which they currently dwell.

He proclaims that Deuteronomy, Chapter 28 lets you know who the true Israelites are so do not go for the lies or fall under the spell.

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I have a total of 12 questions for all three groups.

There pretty straight-forward and require no jumping through hoops.

They’re just questions to which you may have answers so there is no need to rally your troops.

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  1. How is it that a nomadic people with no history of architecture built large pyramids in Egypt which is a feat that even today we cannot duplicate?
  2. Why are you not focused on the overall upliftment of all African people and instead preach hate?
  3. What was the name of the pharaoh that took the Israelites into bondage and what was the exact date?
  4. How can you say that African-Americans are from the tribe of Judah and the Tribe of Issachar are modern-day Mexicans?
  5. In my archeological research I couldn’t locate any grave sites for the Hebrew patriarchs so may I please borrow your lens?
  6. Do you understand that you must have an multi-faceted, revolutionary plan must be based on liberty and equality if you’re going to be considered the new Black Jacobins?
  7. How is it that Zondervan’s Compact Bible Dictionary says that Ham is the father of the Black race, but not of the “Negroes?”
  8. Has not science proven that ALL humanity sprung from the great lakes region of Africa from whence the Nile River flows?
  9. Is there any scientific evidence to support your claim of a separate, unique, dark-skinned Israelite race, or are we being fitted for The Emperor’s New Clothes?
  10. Do you have a plan for Black economic development like Claud Anderson’s Powernomics or Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power?
  11. Or will we have to engage in illegal activities that will cause us to end-up in Attica or Folsom while the hacks watch over us from the watchtower?
  12. After reading this, can we please remain civil and not have any hard feelings or become sour?

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Believe what you will as long as it makes you a better person is fair as far as I can tell.

Some actually believe that Joshua marched around the city of Jericho and it’s walls crumbled and fell.

I still have a question: Who are the True Children of Israel?

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