We’ve seen many stories in the news these last few months and in past years about Hebrew Israelites. But how much do we really know about the different communities associated with Hebrew Israelites? What traditions and theology do Hebrew Israelites follow? Are they considered Jewish? And why are some antisemitic? Join us as we take a deep dive into the origins of Hebrew Israelites, the movement today and its impact on Black-Jewish dialogue. This Wide River conversation is hosted by Moment editor-in-chief Nadine Epstein and civil rights strategist Eric K. Ward with Andre E. Brooks-Key, Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Claflin University.
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A very long explanation that describes a journey through many troubled waters. Not to over-simplify, but my friend here, with much education, has stepped into a confusing trap of worldly knowledge without faith. Faith in God is simple and childlike. I don’t understand how he arrived at humanism. A life journey for Blacks, people of color who endured much racism, and Jews, who survived the most horrific genocide known to the world, is not going to be as easy as mine, living in a country with a majority of WASPs, which I would have been considered. However, I had more than my share of troubles with much dysfunction in a very broken family. It was just different from the above. We all have to come to “the end of ourselves” to fully release all to God. It’s the same path for everyone. There is one God and one way described in the Bible. But, also very important…the whole experience boils down to : “Love God…., love your neighbor.” This is true for both Jews and Christians. I have learned that when someone pulls away, it’s because they were raised to believe something that wasn’t true biblically. That was me also. A childlike heart, broken and fallen, will always find open arms in God. He is waiting, my friend. He is also no respecter of people…all are equal and welcome to come into those open arms. Isn’t that better?