Black Hebrew Israelites: New York's Most Obnoxious Prophets

Why do they scream and curse at you?

Chaa-zaq-raw-chaa and Hashar lead the way past a solid metal door into their inner sanctum. The room is tricked out with African-looking depictions of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, along with posters in Hebrew that bear phrases from Deuteronomy 4 ("Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God") and the Talmud ("Know before whom you stand"). At the front of the room is a large table with a menorah. Armed with stacks of books, the priests take their place behind the makeshift altar, like sages about to dispense advice. They begin to record the proceedings with an old-school analog tape deck.

Chaa-zaq-raw-chaa and Hashar are soon joined by Tazadaq-khan, a very tall and thin man dressed in what look like carpenter's clothes. He disappears behind a curtain to don his black robes and warrior garb before joining the other two at the table. They describe being part of a movement that spans the five boroughs, several states, and multiple prisons.

The three men attempt to reveal as little about themselves as they possibly can. "We are the Ambassadors of Christ," Hashar the self-described Jew reiterates, saying that anything they say about themselves personally will detract from their mission. They will not give their real names, nor do they even want to say what type of work they do.

But they do let a few personal details slip. Tazadaq-khan says that although "a lot of people think Black Hebrew Israelites are a bunch of unemployed 'so-called blacks' and 'so-called Hispanics,' we all work."

"We have jobs," says Hashar with a broad smile, "or, should I say, we're slaves, working for our scraps on the plantation." Hashar was in the military before the first Gulf War—"I plead the Fifth," he says when asked what branch—which gave him an insight into the military and the ways of the United States that "only a veteran" could ever possess, he says.

Chaa-zaq-raw-chaa says that people at his job "know I'm a Jew." Asked if co-workers had ever seen him in action on the street, he seemed confident that he could never be discriminated against at work for his religion.

Like most Black Hebrew Israelites who spoke to the Voice, these men grew up in Brooklyn, mostly in East New York. All came from what sounded like extremely religious Christian households—Jehovah's Witnesses at home, or Catholics at parochial school. They each painted a picture of growing up in a neighborhood with little hope for acceptance, except maybe in a gang.

Each of them found Black Hebrew Israelites either through hearing them preaching on the street or watching a cable-access show one camp used to put on. When asked what religious moment in their own journey most stood out in their memory, Chaa-zaq-raw-chaa said it was when, in Times Square, a white man got down on his knees to kiss his boots, just as the Scriptures had preordained would happen before the end-times. (He offered no photographic evidence of the incident.)

The three spent a large amount of time talking about avoiding pork and shellfish and criticizing people who don't follow the healthy diet God laid out in the Bible. (However, one did prepare and eat the Cup Noodles soon afterward.)

If the three priests were secretive about their lives, Yahana, a 38-year-old man, was more forthcoming. Yahana, who is unemployed, says he isn't a member of any particular camp, but is spending time with various Black Hebrew Israelites while he travels. He soon plans to head out on a journey around the country, learning from camps in other states before answering a personal call to start his own in Pennsylvania.

Yahana says his newly found religion offers him spiritual clarity, but his personal life is in crisis. He has dabbled in Catholicism, he has been a Jehovah's Witness, and he has even been an atheist. He did time for dealing drugs as a young man. He hasn't seen his wife in 10 years, but hasn't divorced her. He's staying with another woman who is the mother of his 10- and 12-year-old daughters, and after his year of travels, he plans to move in with a longtime girlfriend and her son.

His relationship with women, he admits, is complicated. "We believe that when you lay down with a woman, you have to 'do business with her,' " Yahana says. "A man has needs," he says, and Black Hebrew Israelites "believe that a man needs sex not just for procreation, but for pleasure." Still, he "doesn't want to do business with just any woman. I don't want to be with an unclean woman. I want her to at least have some morals if I'm going to lay down with her."

Black Hebrew Israelites regularly scream "bitch" and "whore" at women on the street. One ex-girlfriend of a Black Hebrew Israelite told the Voice that "these guys just want to move in with women and eat their food and live rent-free." Yahana says the Bible teaches that "all you need is food in your mouth, clothes on your back, and a roof over your head." Still, he seems to think that having these three things, while also being able to pay his cell phone bill, is a sign of divine providence and not due to the generosity of the women in his life.

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houseofjashub
houseofjashub

This article was written to try to make US look like a evil group of black and hispanics.
The Israelites are growing. Esau cannot stop this movement with all the media in the world.
Luke 6:22"Blessed are ye , when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake."

natalie1311
natalie1311

Black people in America r lost. Look around. Take the scales off of your eyes. Black people just don't want to hear the truth

natalie1311
natalie1311

U people quick to judge the black Israelites. But what sbout the catholic church and their lies and the show they put on. A secret society of gay pedophiles and those outfits their bishops and popes where. There is just money and power there. Don't dare speak of having more than one wife. But it's ok to molest children

quaaludester
quaaludester

All religion is a freak show; Afrolicious religions are freak shows to the max.

Pathetic.

still_smoke_in
still_smoke_in

This is the greatest article ever! LOL. The so-called Black Hebrew Israelites (BHI) are a joke. That is why you only see them on street corners and not in scholarly debates with people who actually study Biblical history, people, texts, etc. as their profession. That's because BHI lack a very important thing that would be helpful to their claims of being the Biblical Hebrews/Jews.....ONE SHRED OF EVIDENCE. #1) Rev5:9 and 7:9 alone destroys their entire theology #2) Edomites are not white Europeans, but were Semites and relatives of the Biblical Jews #3) Edomites were in SE Palestine (modern day Transjordan) when the Jews came out of Egypt #4) the Jews were not negros when they left Egypt nor in the 1st century AD while under Roman rule in Judea = Jesus was not negro; Mary was not negro; the Biblical Jews are not negro, they are Semites. Case Closed.

eliyah
eliyah

Don't you just love the media! this movement is powerful.. They do a lot of good. Enlightening lost souls.. Now surely they could have done a story on the many HEBREW (please exclude the color black since it is a color found in a crayon box and not an identity) People that took a higher road in enlightening. This Great Nation does this often. It is a way of lowering the Morale of Hebrew people.. Broadcasting our shame, and emphasizing our curse while all but burying and burning our accomplishments...... IT IS NOT WHAT THEY ALLOW YOU TO KNOW>> PAY ATTENTION TO WORDS UNSPOKEN..

gabedemaria
gabedemaria

If you read Deuteronomy 28 and watch the great youtube clip entitled "Biblical Israelites were black, and still are today" you will see and understand without a shadow of a doubt, the so-called "American Blacks" are the chosen true Israelites of the Bible!  What these dudes preach though is off.  The Most High, ('God') will accept repentance from Gentile or Jew.  Both can be saved, read in revelation a white robe is given to every nation (race).  Praise Yashayah!

FraudBrothers
FraudBrothers

too many flaws in there ideology. they claim african americans who were enslaved in the "new world" were entirely descendents of the biblical israelites. Anybody with some knowledge on West Africa where the bulk of slaves were taken have a very small traditional community that claim israelite heritage being a minority of Igbos in Nigeria. They base their confiction on biblical texts refering thinking they match all the characteristics of hardships the biblical israelites faced. The only non biblical information to justify that they were actually entirely israelites brough to the new world is a book based on limited facts and more theories entitled from jeruselam to timbuktu. The Hebrew Israelite movement is a judaic christian oriented black nationalist movement that is trying to be the contemporary of the nation of islam. Too bad its like 50 years too late and the idea has already been taken. Dont base your perception on them from this article but rather study them a bit to learn the underlying flaws of their ideology. Some points they have on current world issues are similar to some liberal and left leaning people but thats about it. I personally think that they are a movement funded by the government to create confusion within the conscious African American, Latin American, and Native American community. 

 

FraudBrothers
FraudBrothers

too many flaws in there ideology. they claim african americans who were enslaved in the "new world" were entirely descendents of the biblical israelites. Anybody with some knowledge on West Africa where the bulk of slaves were taken have a very small traditional community that claim israelite heritage being a minority of Igbos in Nigeria. They base their confiction on biblical texts refering thinking they match all the characteristics of hardships the biblical israelites faced. The only non biblical information to justify that they were actually entirely israelites brough to the new world is a book based on limited facts and more theories entitled from jeruselam to timbuktu. The Hebrew Israelite movement is a judaic christian oriented black nationalist movement that is trying to be the contemporary of the nation of islam. Too bad its like 50 years too late and the idea has already been taken. Dont base your perception on them from this article but rather study them a bit to learn the underlying flaws of their ideology. Some points they have on current world issues are similar to some liberal and left leaning people but thats about it. I personally think that they are a movement funded by the government to create confusion within the conscious African American, Latin American, and Native American community. 

 

ACNJ12
ACNJ12

According to scriptures Gentiles will have salvation sadly not all Black Israelite groups follow all of the laws of the Torah. ex...Deut 23:7 You shall not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother. You shall not abhor an Egyptian, because you were an alien in his land.
exodus 23:9 Also thou shalt not oppress a stranger: for ye know the heart of a stranger, seeing ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.  http://whoaretherealjews.com shalam

jinkhary8
jinkhary8

I was expecting a more balance view from the author of this article. The purpose of this is too hold them up to ridicule but I could laugh at the Hassidic Jews who walk around dressed in black top hats and black clothing. If the author had given both sides of the story instead of the just the negative side maybe it would not appear so biased. The Black Hebrews while their delivery may be wrong are certainly providing a much needed message to Africans in the diaspora. We have been lied to for so long that our people cannot discern any measure of truth. Don't kill the messengers people.

aijahlon12
aijahlon12

It's sad, if it is true, what this article states, and that the brothers sound as if they do not study. I've knowns since 1975 that our Black history is in the Bible. All you have to do is read it to see that. However, no need to be crazy over that fact. Just read the Holy Bible King James Version, get rid of the Talmud, and obey what they Bible says, and all will be well. At least they've learn our history is in the Bible, and receives that. Now all they have to do is lose the crazy part of their knowledge and teaching.

luvlovelatoya
luvlovelatoya

This article is as funny as it its true. And mind you, I almost died with laughter. On thanksgiving my friend and I was walking and as we passed by a BHI, he yelled at us "I hope you choke on a F%^ing turkey bone". I was so annoyed because not only am I a vegan, I don't even celebrate thanksgiving day (I'm from Trinidad and it never catch on with my family). I wanted to tell him this but I knew I would be giving him exactly what he so desperately desired; some attention. 

 

I've learned over the years that its just best to ignore them as they are completely irrational and are in deep darkness. This summer I almost got involved with one. He was a regular guy, educated, ran his own business, dressed nicely, had a nice car (not that these things are important to me). But overall, he seemed completely normal. Then when he dropped the "You know Esau is the white man right?" I started to become suspicious. But when he hit me with the "A man could have more than one wife if he choose and women are to accept it" line and invited me to "The temple", I took him to school on those topics, then ran for the hills. 

 

They have very little knowledge of scripture outside of the ones that relate to hate and separation. The Holy Spirit and knowledge of scripture is the best guard against these poor unfortunate souls. 

 

Kudos on this article! I had a blast reading it.  

zipporahmckenzie
zipporahmckenzie

Yeah... I am an Israelite but I will not agree that we are this way. In every nationality there are bad apples. Some more than others. And being the chosen people, badgerin isn't the way to get your point across. State facts to open minds of the people willing to take heed. But please don't insult people. Even in the bible it says that we should be humble to those who aren't what we are because we were slaves ourselves. Remember the times, because the days are drawing near. Forgive them father. For there intentions are good but there approach is wrong. Oh and lastly, the true Israelites do NOT believe in any deity. Only the true and living Power of Avraham, Yitzcac, and, Yaquov.

hachiman
hachiman

I find this article on the B.H.I.`s very informative( Considering that they`re street crazies anyway). But not surprizing, that the N.O.I. spews the same ranting verbal and writtened rhetoric about so- called enlightned persons they are. But when people like Louise Farrakkhan speaks to  the alleged prophet Elijah Mohammad on the "Mother Ship" in orbit, then he and people like him have serious issues( mentally and physically). We should be aware of these" street nutz". cause they`re dangerous to society and the well being of  humanity. Remember everyone thought the same way when Adolf Hitler wrote his book " Mein Kampf". And you know what happened later in history. "The Final Solution" 

eliasfirminobr
eliasfirminobr

@natalie1311 Catholic priests have abused both boys and girls all over the world, not only boys. No need for you to blame gay people for pedophilia when the main targets of pedophiles in the world are impoverished little girls from the developing world.

Blessedbrotha
Blessedbrotha

@gabedemaria If you read Deuteronomy 28 in it's proper context, you'll realize it isn't talking about so-called black people in this country, let alone so-called "Hebrew Israelites". Especially since Roman historians Munter and Josephus (himself an Israelite) gave accounts of the Jews being sent on ships all throughout the Roman Provinces after 70 AD, including Egypt. Only the "Hebrew-Israelites" claim Egypt is a metaphor for America. Furthermore, many of those Jews were sent to Spain and NONE of them were ever confused for negros because they weren't black. Ironic, since negro is the Spanish word for black and Spain is next to Africa. Another thing, notice how the combined term "Hebrew-Israelite" appears nowhere in the bible? In fact, the "Hebrew" the so called "Hebrew Israelites" use is fake. Lashawan Qadash was made up by Ahrayah. When the ICUPK split up into different camps (ICGJC, GMS, new ISUPK, AOC, GOCC, IUIC and so on) after falsely predicting Jesus' return in the year 2000, all of them kept using that fake Hebrew. It's why you wrote "praise Yashayah" and honestly thought you were correct. I should know, I'm a former member of the og ICUPK, which later became the ICGJC. All of them are cults. Wake up and distances yourself from them. Their teachings are false and you will see that once you objectively look at things and realize how much of it is distorted and twisted by them. Take it from someone who lost 10 years of his life in their lies.... But I will say this. The only thing you said that was right was god will accept ANYONE who repents, whether Jew or Gentile. Praise be to the Most High and his son Yeshua Ha'Mashiach (Jesus Christ). Only through him can we be saved. Lineage/bloodline (real or so-called) saves no one. The true chosen Israelites are ALL those who believe in the messiah, regardless of their ethnic background, Jew or Gentile. Romans 11:25-32 and Romans 2:28-29 confirm that.

mrsb.123
mrsb.123

@Blessedbrotha @gabedemaria  

Thank you so much for your comment. My husband just become member of IUIC and because im not a Israelite he was told that he must divorce me. (He is planing on doing it anytime soon). What can I do? PLEASE HELP!!! 

LittleeOnee
LittleeOnee

Wow! Thank you brother! For stepping out of that satanic cult mess & standing up to tell the truth. Soooo many people need to hear your story. Peace & blessings to you!!!

 
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