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“However, when you see Yerushalayim surrounded by armies, then you are to understand that she is about to be destroyed. Those in Yahudah must escape to the hills, those inside the city must get out, and those in the country must not enter it. “Elior/Luke 21:20–21, CJB

There is something rather unique about these Israelites that fled into Africa, fleeing Roman persecution. My Israelite ancestors later went into slavery by…

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Shalom mishpacha! That is Hebrew for: Peace, family! I would like to speak with my people. Specifically, those who identity as African-American. Those whose ancestors arrived to the Americas, Caribbean archipelagos , and the Occident as a whole, via the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade. I would like to submit some thought-provoking inquiries.

  1. Prior to the 1619 Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade, what did African-Americans call themselves?

2. Do you suppose it was African? Did you know that there are 54 countries that constitute the continent of Africa? Which country do African-Americans come from?

3. What language/mother tongue did African-Americans speak? Was it African-American…

A poem

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Trouble in paradise?

The Garden serpent was very subtle.

You won’t die; you’ll be like God

Sorry to burst your bubble.

Forbidden fruit

From the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Rebellion plus sin

I ask you, what does that equal?

Triple digit age was the norm!

Adam lived to be 930!

El Shaddai Yah, in His Omniscient ingenuity

Formed you and I to live forever; to palate eternality.

We went from Life uninterrupted, to Life disrupted.

Life interrupted. Life corrupted.

Who can save us from this cycle of sin, curses, death?

Who will save us…

What happened when I left my religion, to follow The Rabbi?

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Watchtower Baptism

February 24th, 2007. How could I ever forget this date? It was the day I got baptized, to become an official Jehovah’s Witness. I remember it like it was yesterday. I had been planning to get baptized. Today was the day. I’ll be honest. I saw my Watchtower buddies get immersed; TJ, Scott, Carl, Terrance, Sydney. I was like, “What’s preventing me from getting baptized?” So yeah, I was imbued by some positive peer pressure.

The night before, I remember practicing. As I was in the shower on February…

During societal injustice, is Believer silence violence?

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Whose Holiness Is It Anyway?

What does it mean to be holy? Does being holy mean staring into the sun whilst sitting cross-legged? Does being holy mean wearing all white clothing? Does being holy mean retiring profanity and derogatory colloquialisms, from our everyday speech? Does being holy mean engaging in asceticism?

Does being holy mean using VidAngel, or watching Pureflix in exclusivity? Does being holy involve posting Bible info-graphics and Scriptural memes on the socials, for the world to see? Does being holy mean that I must engage in acts of altruism? Does being holy mean that I…

Answering Emmanuel Acho’s queries from Scripture

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Our dear brother Emmanuel Acho entertained some very pertinent and thought-provoking inquiries in his inaugural episode of “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man”. As a man of Israelite descent, a practitioner of Torah, and a student of Rabbi Yahshua by the grace of Yahweh, I would like to engage these queries, as well.

Abba, may those that have ears to hear, let them hear.

Let the healing begin.

Why are you all rioting?

A nation unknown to you will eat the fruit of your land and labor. Yes you will be continually oppressed and crushed, till you go…

A poem

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I give you so much eye contact
Let it go to voicemail
I’ll text you back

You keep me updated
Wait, did I update you?
What’s the national conversation?
Ameliorate my milieu

The notification ping
That can only mean one thing
No, I’m not married
But I do have a ring…

Tone, it’s in my phone
Responses make me feel less alone
You’re a supercomputer
In my hand
Drown out the silence
Music takes up more band…

Width you I feel connected
OtterBox, I know you feel protected
Google Play Store, more apps selected
Wrong email address?
I feel rejected

Should the Body of Messiah speak on social justice & racism?

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As a man of Israelite descent, who is following Rabbi Yahshua and practicing Torah, as of late, I have been applauding various circles of Christianity. I recently heard and caught wind of the George Floyd murder. A police officer put his knee on the neck of our dear Hebrew brother, for nearly nine consecutive minutes. I watched the videos of this that surfaced on Youtube. Even though I am cognizant that these deadly episodes of police brutality affecting my Hebrew people are covenant curses happening in real-time, I was…

Scripture Musings

Honoring Shabbat during a pandemic protest

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Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue. A man there had a shriveled hand. Looking for a reason to accuse him of something, they asked him, “Is healing permitted on Shabbat?” But he answered, “If you have a sheep that falls in a pit on Shabbat, which if you won’t take hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore, what is permitted on Shabbat is to do good. Then to the man he said, “Hold out your hand.” As he held…

All Commandments Matter

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Yahshua answered them, “Yes, indeed! I tell you that everyone who practices sin is a slave of sin. (Yochanan 8:34, CJB)

Humanity’s Preexisting Condition

Remember the good ‘ole, simpler days of Covid-19? When we were in the disorienting embryonic stages of the epidemic, that blossomed into a pandemic? Remember when we were washing our hands whilst simultaneously singing, humming, or whistling our favorite song for twenty seconds? Remember when we hurriedly went to stores in our respective municipalities, stocking up on copious amounts of tissue paper and hand sanitizer? Remember social distancing? How we had to stay six feet away from each other…

Yoel ben Yisrael

Lover of Yahweh. Disciple of Rabbi Yahshua The Messiah. Israelite man. Reader of The Hebrew Bible. Writer.

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