Yom Kippur: The Day of Atonement: Africa & Hip-Hop’s Global Connections to Judaism

Today at sundown marks the beginning of Yom Kippur, otherwise known as the day of atonement & repentance amongst Jews. Yom Kippur is by far one of the holiest & most observed days of the Jewish calendar.  When many people in the western world think of Yom Kippur & Judaism the only Black face that comes to mind is  usually Sammy Davis Jr. Very little is taught in Yeshivas, Lubavitch centers & other places of  Jewish religious study about the African Roots of  Hebrewism & Israelites that has now become lumped into one as being Jewish or the practice of Judaism.  There have been many books written on the African historical connection to Hebrewism such as “Hebrewisms  of West Africa” by Joseph J. Williams; however it seems that having Black people say they are Jews somehow still comes off as an anomaly to many in the Western world. As many Africans battle over the need to return to ancient spiritual/religious traditions & practices, many are reclaiming Hebrewism/Judaism as part of their ancient African spiritual/religious tradition.

Many have seen or have been shouted at by the Black Israelites on the streets of New York & other urban areas in the West & have probably been turned off to some of their hate filled rhetoric without finding out why they state claim as the original Jews/Israelites. Many do not know that Israel rebuilt a Jewish nation in numbers by welcoming thousands of Ethiopian Jews back to their claim of the Jewish Promised land in Israel/ Palestine. From Ethiopia to Nigeria , to Blacks in America & Europe- the reclaiming of  the African roots of Hebrewism that has now manifested into modern day Judaism is being recognized, embraced & practiced  from the Orthodox of Ethiopia, to Black Israelites in America, to rappers like Shyne AKA Moses Michael Leviy .

The history of modern day Jews is heavily intertwined economically & spiritually with global African history from the cross Atlantic slave trade, to the American Civil rights movement to the business of today’s Hip-Hop. From the days before enslaved Africans hit the shores of the west,  to the creation of the NAACP,  to the multi-billion dollar Hip-Hop industry, the relationship between global Africans & Jews has always been one of historical struggle & economics, but there seems to be a greater push nowadays by global Africans to reclaim ancestral Hebrewism, which is now seen worldwide as Judaism. Global Africans want  their version of Hebrewism/Judaism to be seen, heard  & accepted beyond Sammy Davis Jr.

He was Michael Jackson before there was Michael Jackson. Plus he was Jewish. Not a whole lot of black guys being Jewish back then. It always pissed me off that Don Rickles wouldn’t respect the fact that Sammy was every bit as Jewish as he was. At the roasts, Rickles used to make fun of Sammy for being black — overlooking the Jewish part like it didn’t exist…” READ MORE

“African-Americans and Jews have interacted throughout much of the history of the United States. This relationship has included widely-publicized cooperation and conflict, and – since the 1970s – has been an area of significant academic research. The most significant aspect of the relationship was the cooperation during the civil rights movement, culminating in the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But the relationship has also been marred by conflict and controversy involving subjects such as the Black Power movement, Zionism,affirmative action, and the roles of Jews in the slave trade….” READ MORE

On this day of Atonement & Repentance may we find our common resolve in embracing the truth, acceptance & finding common ground !

Josef Robinson was proud 2 Be a Jew & proud 2 B a Jamaican & he never let either aspect of his identity overshadow the other!”


A World Renown Book that many critical thinkers of world religion,ancestry & heritage must read.
The Thirteenth Tribe (1976) is a book by Arthur Koestler. It advances the controversial thesis that the modern Jewish population originating from North / East Europe and Russia including their descendants, or Ashkenazim, are not descended from the historical Israelites of antiquity, but from Khazars, a people originating and populating the Caucasus region (historical Khazaria) who converted to Judaism in the 8th century and later voluntarily migrating or were forced to move westwards into current Eastern Europe (Russia, Hungary, Ukraine, Poland, Belarus, Lithuania, Germany and other places outside the Caucasus region) before and during the 12th and 13th century when the Khazar Empire was collapsing. READ MORE

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