Who has the final authority to teach biblical scriptures?

By Dr. Rabbi-Cohen Shalomim Y. HaLahawi
Socio-Spiritual Political Leader
Ha’ Yisrayli Torah Brith Yahad
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While this would seem common sense to most people, to many in fact it has to be explained as to who has the authority to speak on a particular matter. No one would argue that the Zulu Tribal chiefs and Shamans are the ultimate authority and masters of the Zulu culture, no one would seek to understand true Zulu culture by seeking someone who’s foreign to Zulu culture and trust that such outsider would know more than the Zulu’s themselves. Imagine having only an understanding of Japanese values based on what non-Japanese peoples have said about it with the mindset that they know more about the Japanese than the Japanese themselves. But then again, we do have western civilization who’s known for doing exactly that, as that is a colonial mentality.

So it should be a no-brainer that only the people whom the Torah/Tenakh belongs to and came forth from would be the ones to ultimately seek for understanding the Torah. That is if one really wants to know and understand it, and trust me, when it comes to western civilization, people care more about what they think is right according to how they were taught, whether its right or wrong, than they care about being factually and truthfully accurate. We see this clearly with the Conservative Evangelical Christian narrative that seeks to continue painting Jews as white, while blatantly and purposely ignoring that most Ethnic Jews are people of color, or their blatant ignorance in teaching a false doctrine about the Deity of Islam being a false deity while peddling the Babylonian deity named “God” as being the Supreme Deity, even as scriptures makes clear that Yahwah and Allah(Elah) are one and the same, and that worshipping God is in fact rejecting Yahwah. If the Christians(and many Rabbinical Jews) were even remotely serious about “The Truth”, they’d adhere to what the scriptures say and not to what their denomination, rooted in age-old anti-semitism, has falsely established. But that is the problem to surface worshippers.

The bottom line is this: If you are seeking a Pastor, Bishop, Catholic priest or even Black Hebrew Israelites to understand and follow authentic Hebrew culture, Torah knowledge & Truth, then you are not even remotely serious about developing a genuine relationship with Yahwah Elah nor are you serious about being rooted in Torah culture.

Like Christianity, Black Hebrewism is incompatible with Torah culture, laws & values, and there is no anointed nor sanctioned/recognized Leadership amongst either of these according to Torah law. BHI’s are simply a man-made self-exaggerated cultic BlackAmerican religious group of former Christians who espouse surface-level biblical extremism with little to no actual knowledge of Torah culture, history and spirituality…. It’s already a comical tragedy that the majority of these people actually use one of the most inaccurate and outdated translations of Hebrew scriptures, called the King James Version. It’s even more baffling that they believe King James was black. Might as well believe the earth if flat if this is the case.

This is why when you see an Ethnic Jew follow the Torah under anointed leadership they invoke the blessings and prosperity of the Torah as promised, but others who try to do the same things separately from us still end up invoking the curses. This is precisely why Black Hebrews identify with the curses of the Torah and have great difficulty tapping into the blessings. The curses are specifically for people who are not who they say they are and who do not follow the culture, faith and traditions of authentic Israel.

The 3 genetic Ethnic Groups of Israel
True descendants of Israel come from the only 3 recognized Ethnic groups of Mizrahi, Sephardi & Ashkenazi. Each of these 3 ethnic groups has its own unique “cultural & faith” traditions and Halachic persuasions similar to socio-spiritual political parties within a particular nation or people. A small example: Ashkenazi Jews adhere to Rabbinical Judaism. Mizrahi Jews adhere to variations of Essene Judaism & Sephardi are variations of the two.
Mizrahi-based Judaism is the oldest culture & faith of ancient Israel, followed by Sephardi and then Ashkenazi. The Torah-sanctioned Levitical Priesthood are the Chief Leaders of Mizrahi culture.

Mizrahi Jews are also the largest Ethnic group of Israelites in both Israel and the global diaspora, comprising 55-60% of the Ethnic Jewish/Israelite population(i.e Ethiopian, Lemba, Iranian Jews, Afghanistan Jews, Yemenites, Cochin etc), followed by Sephardi Jews making up 20-25% of the total Hebrew population and Ashkenazi’s making up around 15% of the total population.

Many black Hebrews have tried to find refuge in Igbo culture to try to connect themselves to the people of Israel. However, Igbo peoples are Ethnic Hebrews(like Arabs are ethnic Hebrews), but they are not Ethnic Israelite/Jews, as the ancient writings of Israel, including Philo and Josephus, make clear that Ofra & Ifran, which are the two brothers behind the name of the Continent “Africa”(which is further defined as everything west and south of the Nile river), and of which Biafra Igbo’s descends from, are children of Abraham via Keturah, not Sarah. So still, some black Hebrews may be of the extended Hebrew family but they are not Ethnic Israelites as they try to pedal.

The Bible/Tanakh is a small portion of the entire Ethnic Library of our People Israel, thus no one outside of the three branches of Ethnic Jews has any authority to interpret or teach the Torah which is our peoples writings. In fact, most Ethnic Jews know that the Biblia Hebraica/Masoretic texts are not the original texts of our people as such texts came into existence a little over 1000 years ago, whereas our actual scriptures existed over 1500 years before the Biblia Hebraica. The two oldest being the Dead Sea Scroll Bible and the Ethiopian Bible which is a direct Replica, followed by the Septuagint, all of which as many more books of our people, books that were deliberately stripped out by Catholics, Protestants, and Post-Biblical Rabbinics.

The Levitical Priest as the final authority
Ethnic Jewish Spiritual and cultural leaders are the final and only authority who can speak and teach the truth of the Scriptures. Not pastors, bishops, Morehs etc…

Thus no one who tries to live the Torah, without first ingrafting into the people of Israel via one of the 3 branches, should be taken seriously as actually seeking the Truth.
Truth seekers will seek out an anointed Levitical Priest who stands before the people of Israel and will accept such Halachic and spiritual guidance with wisdom, integrity, and good repute, in accordance with Torah law:

Malaki 2:4 “And you shall know that I have sent this command to you, as being My covenant with Lĕwi,” said יהוה of hosts.
Mal 2:5 “My covenant with him was life and peace, and I gave them to him, to fear. And he feared Me, and stood in awe of My Name.
Mal 2:6 “The Torah of truth1 was in his mouth, and unrighteousness was not found on his lips. He walked with Me in peace and straightness, and turned many away from crookedness.
Mal 2:7 “For the lips of a priest should guard knowledge, and they seek the Torah from his mouth, for he is the Messenger of יהוה of hosts.

Deut 17:8 “When any matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, or between stroke and stroke – matters of strife within your gates – then you shall rise and go up to the place which יהוה your Elohim chooses, Deu 17:9 and shall come to the priests, the Lĕwites, and to the judge who is in those days, and shall inquire. And they shall declare to you the word of right-ruling, Deu 17:10 and you shall do according to the word which they declare to you from that place which יהוה chooses. And you shall guard to do according to all that they instruct you. Deu 17:11 “Do according to the Torah in which they teach you, according to the right-ruling which they say to you. You do not turn to the right or to the left from the word which they declare to you. Deu 17:12 “And the man who acts arrogantly, so as not to listen to the priest who stands to serve there before יהוה your Elohim, or to the judge, that man shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Yisra’ĕl. Deu 17:13 “And let all the people hear and fear, and no longer do arrogantly.

The scriptures make it clear that there are serious consequences to disregarding the Halachic directions and teachings of a Levitical Priest. This is why soo many people have bad fate in their lives because of whom they have chosen to follow and whom they have chosen to disregard.
The only way foreigners/gentiles can receive the blessings of the Torah and invoke a true relationship with Yahwah Elah is via engrafting themselves into Israel via Judaism. No one can be separate from Ethnic Jewish culture and values and make the Torah work properly in their lives.

The prophet Isaiah makes this very clear in proper context:

Isa 56:1 Thus said יהוה, “Guard right-ruling, and do righteousness, for near is My deliverance to come, and My righteousness to be revealed. Isa 56:2 “Blessed is the man who does this, and the son of man who lays hold on it, guarding the Sabbath lest he profane it, and guarding his hand from doing any evil.
Isa 56:3 “And let not the son of the foreigner who has joined himself to יהוה speak, saying, ‘יהוה has certainly separated me from His people,’ nor let the eunuch say, ‘Look I am a dry tree.’ ” Isa 56:4 For thus said יהוה, “To the eunuchs who guard My Sabbaths, and have chosen what pleases Me, and hold fast to My covenant: Isa 56:5 to them I shall give in My house and within My walls a place and a name better than that of sons and daughters – I give them an everlasting name that is not cut off. Isa 56:6 “Also the sons of the foreigner who join themselves to יהוה, to serve Him, and to love the Name of יהוה, to be His servants, all who guard the Sabbath, and not profane it, and hold fast to My covenant – Isa 56:7 them I shall bring to My set-apart mountain, and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and their slaughterings are accepted on My altar, for My house is called a house of prayer for all the peoples.”


The key terms here is in reference to outsiders/foreigners/gentiles who “Join themselves” & “take hold of”. The Hebrew words are Lavah is which means “To ingraft oneself into or to fasten to” & Chazak, which means to take a firm grip of. The latter means to take such a firm grip so as to start growing & becoming empowered. Such as rooting & grounding oneself into something.

This is in the sense of taking a broken tree branch that belonged to another tree & then firmly aligning & gripping the branch so that you can join it by ingrafting it into another tree, so that over time the branch becomes fastened or infused into the tree, thus making the new tree branch an official part of the new tree. Until the branch is properly grafted into the tree it remains separate from the tree and is not considered at all a part of the tree, and thus cannot receive the benefits the tree enjoys from its roots. The branch remains in a perpetual state of dying until its grafted into a tree.

Thus one cannot receive the promise of Abraham nor the blessings of Elah that he has for his people until such persons engraft themselves into the people of Israel. This is the ultimate meaning of the Essene “branch” of Judaism, called the Netzarim(not to be confused with Nazarene or Nazarite).

No matter what one chooses to believe to the contrary about themselves and their relationship to biblical scriptures, the objective truth will remain that no matter how much they attempt to follow the Torah, they’ll never invoke the benefits of the Torah.

Zecharia 8:23 “Thus said יהוה of hosts, ‘In those days ten men from all languages of the nations take hold, yea, they shall take hold of the edge of the garment of a man, a Yehuḏite(i.e. Judean), saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that Elohim is with you.

Everything has an order and precept of how things should be done. Elah has established The Way in which one is to engraft themselves into the Torah covenant. Building your life any other way to try to circumvent this Way will only render one’s efforts as building in vain.

Shalom,
Dr. Rabbi Cohen Shalomim Y. HaLahawi
For more information please consider reading the books
1. Developing and Establishing Effective Leadership
2. The Way, the Prophetic Messianic Voice

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