“…Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations.”
THE LAWKEEPERS’ MONTHLY JOURNAL
APRIL / MAY 2001
THE EXALTATION, PRAISE, AND RECOGNITION OF
THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ABRAHAM, ISAAC, AND JACOB
AND HIS EVERLASTING LAW
“Now these are the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments, which the Lord your God commanded to teach you, that ye might do them in the land whither ye go to possess it: That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee, thou, and thy sons and thy son’s son, all the days of thy life; and that thy days may be prolonged. Hear therefore, O Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with thee, and that ye may increase mightily, as the Lord God of thy fathers hath promised thee, in the land that floweth with milk and honey.” Deuteronomy 6:1 - 3
“O earth, earth, earth, hear the word of the Lord.”
EXALTATION OF THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ISRAEL:
“…Blessed be thou, LORD God of Israel our father, for ever and ever.
“Thine, O LORD, is the greatness, and the power, and the glory, and the victory, and the majesty: for all that is in the heaven and in the earth is thine; thine is the kingdom, O LORD, and thou art exalted as head above all.
“Both riches and honor come of thee, and thou reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to give strength unto all.”
I Chronicles 29:10 – 12
“Truly my soul waiteth upon God: from him cometh my salvation.
“…Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.”
A MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE LAWKEEPERS, CO.:
ALL PRAISES TO THE HOLY ONE OF YISRAEL, YIHOVAH, OUR ELOHIM!
ALL PRAISES TO THE HOLY ONE OF YISRAEL!
Yehudah Benyamin Ben Yisrael, President
The LawKeepers, Co
PLEASE TAKE PART IN “SIGHTING” THE NEW MOON, AND
START THE NEXT NEW MOON WATCH ON THE EVENINGS OF MARCH 25/26, 2001
“Sightings” should be reported immediately to
To assist you to watch for the New Moon, FIRST locate a bright star in the WEST. Then look southeast of it. There you should see the New Moon in the WEST
on the horizon just after SUNSET.
THE TORAH READINGS FOR SHABBAT AND
THE NEW MOON FOR THE MONTHS OF MARCH/APRIL
ARE AS FOLLOWS:
NEW MOON WATCH: 4/23,24/01
Psalm 81:1 - 10
Leviticus 23:22 - 25
Exodus Chapters 21 - 23
Jeremiah 34:13 - 17
Joshua 20th Chapter
I Samuel 1:7
Proverbs 6th Chapter
Psalm 19th Chapter
Psalm 69th Chapter
SHABBAT READINGS - 4/28/01
Isaiah 56:1 - 7
Isaiah 58:10 - 14
Exodus Chapters 24 - 26
Isaiah 42nd Chapter
I Kings 8th Chapter
I Chronicles 15:11 - 16
Psalm 15th Chapter
Psalm 61st Chapter
SHABBAT READINGS - 5/5/01
Isaiah 56:1 - 7
Isaiah 58:10 - 14
Exodus Chapters 27 - 29
I Samuel 2:13 - 15, 27,28,35
Malachi 2nd Chapter
Malachi 3:1 - 4
Isaiah 61st Chapter
Psalm 26th Chapter
Psalm 43rd Chapter
SHABBAT READINGS - 5/12/01
Isaiah 56:1 - 7
Isaiah 58:10 - 14
Exodus Chapters 30 - 32
Genesis 2:1 - 3
Exodus 16:14 - 30
II Samuel 24th Chapter
II Kings 10:16 - 31
Ezekiel 20:1 - 32
Jeremiah 17th Chapter
Psalm 96th Chapter
SHABBAT READINGS - 5/19/01
Isaiah 56:1 - 7
Isaiah 58:10 - 14
Exodus Chapter 33 - 35
Isaiah 57:11 - 21
Ezekiel 44:14 - 31
Ezra 9th Chapter
Psalm 13th Chapter
Psalm 23rd Chapter
A complete Hebrew Calendar displaying all the months and expected New Moons, Sabbaths of Rest, and Holy Days for this New Year can be found on The LawKeepers WebSite: www.thelawkeepers.org.
SOME QUESTIONS TO PONDER:
Recently I read a book about King Solomon based on historical fiction. In this book he asked the Queen of Sheba what she thought was the most important thing in the World. I, too, pose this question: What do you think is the most important thing in the World?”
By the way, you may or may not choose to agree with King Solomon. His answer to his question was “Wisdom.” I beg to differ with him, as you might have imagined. In any case, what’s your opinion?
Many Hebrew Israelites are waiting for the GOD of Israel to deliver them out of Gentile lands – the lands of our captors.
“For I am with thee, saith the LORD, to save thee: though I make a full end of all nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee…” Jeremiah 30:11
Will GOD deliver the Children of Israel, as HE has promised in Isaiah 11th and Jeremiah 23rd Chapters before or after HE fulfills Jeremiah 30:11?
On the heels of Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, I just had to pose this question.
Please feel free to respond to these questions, and if so, they will be published in the next Newsletter.
HINTS FOR HARDY, HEALTHY HEBREWS:
SOOTHING CAMOMILE [OR CHAMOMILE]
[Spelled differently but works the Same!]
The white-petalled flower of the camomile is the part of the plant where the active components are centred. However, the whole plant can be used as well. Camomile has a soothing, sedative and calming effect. Therefore, it is effective for insomnia and tension.
Its benefits for the digestive system have also been proven. It is used widely for calming indigestion, stomach cramps and irritable bowel syndrome, as well as in case of bloating, colic and heartburn.
If you have a cold, cough or sore throat, camomile is a good choice to relieve the symptoms. It also works as an anti-flammatory, in case of burns and injuries.
Camomile in hair products and shampoo gives shine and glint of sunlight to the hair.
Camomile (as most herbs) has no side effects, does not interact with any drugs and can be consumed during pregnancy and lactation.
To prepare a hot drink just add boiling water (about half a cup) over about three teaspoons of camomile, cover for 6-10 minutes and strain; add sugar or honey and drink. You can also find ready to use camomile tea bags to which you can just add hot water. However, do not boil camomile with water, since the effective part in the flower is a volatile oil (it means it will be lost during evaporation).
Camomile, like most herbs, is an excellent hot drink that doesn’t have calories, is beneficial for the body, doesn’t have caffeine or side effects, which makes it an excellent choice.
So maybe it is time to start taking camomile into consideration and adding it to your drink menu.
Jordan Times Newspaper
By Razan Shwayhat
April 3, 2001
MORE INTERESTING INFORMATION ABOUT THE HERB, CHAMOMILE:
DID YOU KNOW THAT CHAMOMILE…
- is a tranquilizer and helps sooth bad nerves, induces natural sleep, eases indigestion that may follow anxious moments?
- sooths arthritic pain?
- also comes in an oil for minor burns and speeds up the healing process?
- is excellent for skin problems and sunburn when applied externally?
- helps regulate menstrual flow?
No one can prepare chamomile tea like my neighbor. She always boils the water with sugar first and afterwards adds the herb and lets it sit in the (stainless steel) kettle for about ten minutes before serving. I can drink her tea for days!!! Unfortunately, mine never tastes as delicious! So, good luck!!!
Health enthusiasts might encourage you to use honey rather than sugar. Actually, that is healthier, so try it with honey first.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY AND FOREVER:
Let’s keep YIHOVAH and HIS Law our focus and pray for deliverance and fulfillment of all of GOD’s Word, so that every Nation will show forth HIS Praise and Exalt HIM above all other gods.
THE GREATEST “SPOIL” OF ALL
Learn about the Reparations Mass Movement and how YOU can get involved: Go to www.thelawkeepers.org and click on “Newsletter.”
The Israelites received Reparations for their free labor when they left out of Egypt (Exodus 12:35,36, Psalm 105:37). And it is prophesied that we will again receive compensation for our free labor and bondage in this modern-day Egypt:
“The Lord said, Verily it shall be well with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in the time of affliction.” Jeremiah 15:11
IS THIS RAMBLING? …MAYBE…
As you might know, I spend quite a lot of time reading all kinds of literature: newspapers, periodicals, health books, novels, and documentaries, but mainly the books that contain “Thus Saith the LORD,” i.e., the “Old Testament.” Even while reading books for pleasure, I read the Scriptures daily going from one book to the next, reading whole Chapters over and over again and taking copious notes each time. And in doing so, I’m always amazed at the new information GOD shows me that I did not see before. For this reason, reading and re-reading is very important to me. Many, many answers are found in GOD’s Word to HIS Prophets. All we need do is keep a line of communication with Our GOD of Israel, and HE responds via what’s written in “Thus Saith the LORD.” Many, many times I have asked the Holy ONE of Israel a question, and HE has given me the answer in the Scripture that I would read that next morning - Believe it or not! Under these circumstances, it’s kind of difficult to not find the time to read HIS Word every day for what I might see and understand or for an answer to my question.
Am I special and one of a kind? Well, “special,” yes, but “one of a kind,” not really. Just know that the Holy ONE of Israel is there for all of us who seek HIS Truth with our whole heart (Jeremiah 29:12,13) and who are serious about keeping HIS Law. And those of us who are, will certainly be led of HIM, as well.
Our forefathers did not seek to know GOD’s Truth or HIS Paths of Righteousness - and to be truthful, today, not too many Hebrew Israelites do, either. The concern of our forefathers was to serve and worship gods they could see, preferably idols or images of some kind. Heaven knows there were and still are enough of them in existence. Not only did they serve and worship false gods for gain, but they were evil and wicked, as well, not caring at all for the poor, the fatherless, and the widow, as was GOD’s concern. Actually, they didn’t realize that it was the All-Mighty GOD of Abraham and Moses making them wealthy rather than the false gods in which they put all their faith and belief.
The Prophet Ezekiel sat with Israel for one week (3:15) and was astonished at the great sins of the people. They though they were committing their whoredoms in secret until GOD showed Ezekiel exactly what they were doing to justify the condemnation that HE was about to bring upon Israel. MAN!!! What they did was inexcusable for a people whose GOD is the LORD.
Our forefathers were so terribly horrible that the Holy ONE of Israel sent the worst of the heathen to take our possessions (Ezekiel 7:24), and HE caused the Law to perish from our Priests (Ezekiel 7:26,27). And get this; we are accessible to all this information that’s written in the Scriptures, but we don’t learn from it even though Our GOD had it written specifically for those of us living today, so that we can see the transgressions and wrongdoings of our forefathers and not follow their evil ways.
Are we ever a strange and peculiar people - not in ways that make us outstanding and noteworthy, but rather in ways that make us notoriously bizarre to say the least? We certainly live up to this portrayal, right? GOD’s Priests sinned against HIM, and the Kings of Israel served false gods. As Our GOD said, the Gentile Nations don’t change their gods (Jeremiah 2:11) – false though they may be. But the Children of Israel who have the True and Living GOD that Created the Heavens and the Earth and that also chose them above all Nations of the Earth (Deuteronomy 14:2) were not satisfied with HIM and outright rejected this their All-Mighty GOD of Israel, the ONE AND ONLY GOD! Is this not what made us the worst people on this Earth or what? Go figure!
Unfortunately nothing has changed, not even with the Israelites, today, who know of GOD’s Word to HIS Prophets. Some of us still feel the need to worship that which they must be able to see, even in light of the fact that the GOD of Israel is “not a man” and never appeared to them as such (Deuteronomy 4:15,16). Why we can’t just be satisfied in and resigned to worshipping the Holy ONE of Israel according to HIS Book of the Law is an absolute mystery to me. When the Most High GOD saved the Nation of Israel out of Egypt and gave them HIS Book of the Law, HE did not appear before them in the form of a “man” or an image. Why then must the Nations of the World, especially, the descendants of the Biblical Israelites take pleasure in the worship of similitudes or create “comparisons” to the All-Mighty GOD (Isaiah 46:5) when there are none?
Did you know that because of our disobedience to Our GOD that HE had thought to destroy us and choose for HIMSELF another people? O yes, it certainly crossed HIS Mind (Exodus 32nd Chapter)! Did you know that Our GOD had said that if HE had sent Ezekiel to another people that they would’ve hearkened unto HIM (Ezekiel 3:5,6)? Isn’t that something? So easily we could have been replaced, and then where would that have left us?
But the Holy ONE of Israel remembered Abraham and HIS Promises to him. Our GOD remembered HIS Holy Name that is a memorial to all generations and that it should not be profaned – not by Israelites and not by Gentiles. The Holy ONE also remembered that HE is a Merciful GOD.
What are we, GOD’s Chosen People, remembering? Are we remembering the Covenant GOD made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob? Are we remembering the penalty for disobedience to GOD’s Law and Word? Are we remembering that Israel is yet in the hands of the Gentiles throughout the World? Are we remembering what all Our GOD did to us in making us the tail and our enemies the head and ruler over us because we rejected HIM for the likes of idols? And more importantly, are we remembering what it takes to get GOD’s undivided attention, so that HE will return to us and return us to our heritage (Deuteronomy 30th Chapter)? We know for a fact that Our GOD will not replace us with another Nation and all for HIS Holy Name’s Sake (Ezekiel 36:20 – 23), but of a Truth, HE will be selective about who, i.e., which Israelites and which Gentiles - will live in HIS Holy Kingdom. The Holy ONE of Israel is just waiting and giving us a merciful opportunity of a lifetime to make the right decisions. Unfortunately, it will only be a Remnant saved.
Be that as it may, how much longer do you think the Holy ONE of Israel will wait for us to get our lives together to choose HIM and HIS Book of the Law to live by it? Please believe me, Our GOD will not wait too much longer, and as a matter of fact, the destruction of this present World System is in the making. You just need to look around you and read the current events!
The Holy ONE of Israel, the Merciful GOD of Abraham has always warned HIS People, and indeed HE is warning us now. Therefore, I beg all those who fear the True and Living GOD, my People and the Gentiles, to take heed to know the WORD of GOD and act accordingly.
By all means remember the sins of evil and wicked Israelites and the curses the Holy ONE has laid upon us (The African Slave Trade) and all the suffering and oppression this yet entails.
“And they that escape of you shall remember me among the nations whither they shall be carried captives, because I am broken with their whorish heart, which hath departed from me, and with their eyes, which go a whoring after their idols: and they shall loathe themselves for the evils which they have committed in all their abominations.”
To the wise, this, my “perspective,” is not at all a rambling about the evils of our forefathers, but rather an urgent plea to read GOD’s Word with understanding and heed and flee if we desire to be saved during these latter days.
“Alas! For that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.
“And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
“Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
“The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.”
Jeremiah 30:7,22 - 24
“In those days, and in that time, saith the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together, going and weeping: they shall go, and seek the LORD their God.
“Remove out of the midst of Babylon, and go forth out of the land of the Chaldeans, and be as the he goats before the flocks.
“Cut off the sower from Babylon, and him that handleth the sickle in the time of harvest: for fear of the oppressing sword they shall turn every one to his people, and
they shall flee every one to his own land.”
The Middle East is a powder keg with a loose cannon, but isn’t this supposed to be? Isn’t this prophecy (Joel 3:2)? Isn’t this what’s necessary for the usurper’s removal from GOD’s Land and to end unrighteousness on this globe? And isn’t the “eye of the storm” the safest place? My People, this is not rambling. This is all about GOD’s Word for HIS Chosen People and the Gentiles who seek to follow HIM. This “perspective” is all about the Nation of Israel being re-established to show forth the Praises of the Most High GOD of Israel.
I am praying to be joined with Israelites and even Gentiles who are in the fear of the All-Mighty GOD of Israel to live and do HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments. If you are in accord with these desires, then join me. Our endeavors will require honest and courageous GOD-Fearing, Hebrew Israelites to Magnify the True and Living GOD of Abraham and HIS Laws, establish HIS Kingdom, and be a “Light” to the World for HIS Sanctification. This is our agenda and prophecy to be fulfilled. Join me, and the Holy ONE of Israel will make it happen. This is not rambling. This is speaking volumes. This is about choosing “LIFE!”
“I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live:
“That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers to Abraham, to Isaac,
and to Jacob, to give them.”
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BOOK OF THE LAW ALWAYS!
Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel
For HIS Holy Name’s Sake
“Bind up the testimony, seal the law among my disciples.
“And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob,
and I will look for him.”
Let us put the Most High GOD of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel back into our lives, our hearts, our thoughts, and in everything that we do. Focusing on HIM as we come and go in our daily routines is ever so helpful in maintaining healthy ideals about HIS Paths of Righteousness.
“Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him
while he is near:”
“I will declare thy name unto my brethren:
in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee.”
LET US EXALT, PRAISE, AND SANCTIFY THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL IN TRUTH AND IN RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE THE WORLD FOREVERMORE! AND LET US MAGNIFY HIS LAW, WHICH IS OUR ONLY TICKET INTO HIS KINGDOM, SO THAT ALL PEOPLES WILL HAVE AN OPPORTUNITY TO SERVE AND WORSHIP KNOW THE MOST HIGH GOD OF ABRAHAM AND MOSES AND TO SERVE AND WORSHIP HIM ACCORDING TO HIS WORD AND HIS WILL!
Poetry With A Message:
COME, LET ME TELL YOU ABOUT MY GOD!
The World neither knows GOD nor HIS Righteous Way,
And cares less about seeking and finding HIM or living to obey.
There is but only HIS Will that we must all seek to follow,
And cherish HIS Word in our hearts always to hallow.
Come, let me tell you about My GOD, the Creator,
Of the whole Universe, Heaven and Earth, and all of Nature.
GOD made man to inhabit this planet called Earth,
And planted him in a Garden full of significant worth.
He didn’t stay long because he refused to listen,
And from then on began GOD to chase man into oblivion.
Come! Let me tell you about GOD’s Mercy for those who hear,
And who learn to walk in HIS Ways and to HIM only fear.
Noah was one who found grace with this All-Mighty GOD,
For he followed after ONLY GOD’s Paths roughshod.
And GOD saved him from an Earth doomed to die,
For the great sins of man and his refusal to comply.
But GOD did not despair and once again HE made a choice,
HE chose Abraham, Isaac, and Israel and begged them to heed HIS voice.
An everlasting Covenant HE made with them HIS Chosen People,
If only they would use HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments as their vehicle.
Now, let me tell you about these People of the LORD,
The Israelites who didn’t listen either but managed much evil discord.
After their GOD saved them out of bondage in Egypt land,
They forsook this Great GOD for idols and images they kept at hand.
Being a JEALOUS GOD that wanted all Israel’s attention,
To their worshipping false gods HE demonstrated HIS objection.
GOD warned them and promised that such deeds would be their ruin,
The loss of their land, their heritage, and HIS discipline.
They did not listen and in the hands of their enemies they went,
Only then did they see and understand exactly what their GOD meant.
Each time GOD saved Israel, they turned from HIM time and time again,
This went on and on back and forth till GOD could not withstand.
Finally, expectedly, from HIS Glorious land they were sent,
Into the hands of ruthless enemies until they decided to repent.
It’s taken millennia for Israel to finally see the light,
Now, again GOD is waiting to deliver them with all HIS loving Might.
But this time things will be different – not like it was before,
GOD will put HIS Law in Israel’s heart so they can’t sin against HIM any more.
Then HE will re-establish them in their land to live in HIS Peace,
To show forth HIS Praise, sanctify HIS Holy Name, and never again to cease.
O come, and let me tell you about GOD’s fascinating Power,
HE yet lives in HIS People, Israel, every second, minute, and hour.
Although HE sent us into captivity of the very worst kind,
It was for us to realize our sins and return to HIM with body, soul, and mind.
All HE asks is for us to live in Righteousness,
Through keeping HIS Laws, Statutes, and Judgments preventing wickedness.
Some Israelites and even Gentiles are listening and returning to HIM,
Not arguing or questioning HIS WORD but paying attention with vim.
It won’t be long now before you witness another Exodus,
Not just out of Egypt, but one that will be even more miraculous.
Listen and hearken, O Israel and Gentile Nations,
This present World System is being brought to damnation.
The religions that thrive, flourish, and deceive,
Are not at all what GOD established and wants us to believe.
These works are man-made and not from GOD at all,
Only GOD’s Law “unaltered” did HE ordain for our memorial.
Know that another destruction foretold is in the making,
Not like the flood of Noah’s time but still one of much quaking.
First GOD is to deliver HIS Chosen People out of their trouble,
And then to deal with this evil World System to recompense unto it double.
Just one more thing that I’d like very much to share,
Don’t say GOD did not warn you for that wouldn’t be fair.
HIS WORD, HIS Truth, HIS Will are all in the Scriptures,
So clear and understandable that we need no pictures.
Let your rule of thumb be “HIS” Written Way,
Measure your steps and your doings accordingly and without delay.
If you seek this True and Living GOD with all your heart,
HE will be there for you for a wonderful and lasting start.
GOD looks at the heart and our deeds and Judges according to these,
So know that Deliverance and Redemption entail only “HIS” Lees.
O Come, please let me tell you about My GOD of Israel!
HE IS MY SAVIOR, MY REDEEMER, MY ROCK, AND MY KING!
With this All-Mighty GOD, I have found the Truth,
and it’s there for everyone who seeks the GOD of Abraham and Moses
to do HIS Will!
HALLELUYAH, HALLELUYAH, HALLELUYAH!
Servant of the Most High GOD of Israel
For HIS Holy Name’s Sake
April 16, 2001
READING FOR THE SOUL…
If you are like me, then you love to read. Not only do I take great pleasure in reading, but I enjoy writing stories, as well. For the next few weeks, I shall be including parts of a short story that I wrote several years ago. The name of this story is entitled Exodus. Feel free to copy it for your children.
T H E E X O D U S
A SHORT STORY ABOUT
THE TRUE GOD AND HIS CHOSEN PEOPLE
The astonishing revelation
of the true identity
of an oppressed people.
Who can answer the questions that
you dare not ask the Church?
Is the Church the answer for God's Chosen?
To the law and to the testimony:
if they speak not according to
it is because there is no light in them.
is dedicated to my baby brother
William Wesley Adams
T H E E X O D U S
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that
the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped
of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay
upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon
the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.”
As she lay in bed, Hattie turned to look at the time. She knew it was close to three o'clock just from habit and that the kids would be home from school any minute. She rolled from bed wishing she didn't have to work nights at the bakery and sleep all day, but they needed the money badly. The kids always needed shoes and food. "If only we could hit the lottery," she thought. "I wouldn't have to work at all. I could stay home and raise my kids and spend time with them to make sure they got a good education and everything else they needed." Hattie knew that her husband could never make enough money to support them without a high school diploma and going back to school and keeping two jobs was almost impossible. "Poor James," she thought. "He's only thirty-eight years old and looks forty-eight. Life can be so difficult for poor people." Hattie knew that times were tough, but she also knew of people who were in worse shape than they were - people on welfare, on drugs and people committing all kinds of crimes. She thought about her neighbor, whose son was in jail for doing drugs and stealing to support his habit.
Hattie worried all the time that her kids might get involved with bad elements. So far all six of her babies denounced drugs and trifling folks who didn't want to get off welfare and take care of themselves. "Six kids," she thought, "who would have guessed that I'd have six kids? Lizzie; 16, Jonathon; 14, Bobby; 12, Maggie; 11, Pearl; 8, and Thomas 7. God, let them grow up to be outstanding men and women." Hattie did not care what, so long as they were honest members of society and could do something for their people.
Hattie hurried to make the kids their after-school snack and wondered how they could always have such big appetites. When she lifted the peanut butter from the cabinet, the weight of the jar told her that she had to get some more that day which also meant she would be running low on jelly, too. They always had enough bread. She made sure of that - dry bread was better than no bread at all but knew that the kids could always find something to put on it even if it was just mayonnaise or margarine. The children were not too fussy about what they ate so long as they were eating. As she made the sandwiches she could not remember if there was enough milk for everyone. She would get some more later as she had to go shopping before going to work that night. The noise outside the front door caused Hattie to realize that the kids had arrived.
"Hi, mama, guess what?" said Thomas.
"Well now, let me see. Do I get three guesses?" asked Hattie with a big hug.
"Mama, forget it. You'll never guess."
"And how do you know, little one?"
"Cause I couldn't have guessed myself in a million years," said Thomas.
"Now, this sounds interesting," said Hattie.
"It is, mama. We got a new kid in my class today. His name is uh, uh, sounds something like Mi-cah-lel. No, Mi-cahle. No, Mi-cha-ale. Yeah, that's it. Mi-cha-ale. He said it means Michael in English."
"Well now, this does get interesting by the minute. Is Michael from another country?"
"Yeah, well no, uh, I'm not sure."
"Does he speak with an accent?"
"No, he sounds just like everybody else in the class. He just looks different and acts different. He wears a kindda round hat on his head and some kindda funny-looking shirt. Well, it's not really funny looking. It's just different. Mi-cah-ale called it a dahsheki - something people wear in Africa."
"Wait a minute, Thomas. You're taking me too fast. Is Michael Black?"
"Yeah, mama. He's Black, and he said he's Hebrew. I didn't want to ask too many questions cause I didn't want to embarrass him. But what's a Hebrew?"
"A Hebrew is somebody in the Bible. You've heard of the Children of Israel - haven't you?"
"Yeah, mama," said Thomas excitedly, "that's exactly what he said. He said he's one of the Children of Israel."
Boy, thought Hattie, I tell you. If Blacks aren't trying to be white, they're trying to be Indian, or Cuban, or anything but a Black. She knew she couldn't blame them. Who wants to be poor and live in the ghetto. Who wants to be associated with people who were once slaves with chains around their ankles and who now have chains around their heads. Blacks get a little money or positions in government or industry and think they're first class citizens. Who are they fooling? Martin Luther King thought he had made some progress. If he could come back from the grave and see what's happened with Blacks: their dealing in drugs, their lack of togetherness, their push to impress the public with their gifts for gab that could talk an opossum out of a tree, or their stardom and wealth in sports and in entertainment that buys them cars and more cars, and the fact that Blacks are getting absolutely no where, with the exception of Oprah Winfrey who's a superb role model, King would throw up his hands, return to the grave, and say to hell with them. "Hump," said Hattie aloud, "what we need is another Moses."
"What you say, mama?" said Thomas.
"Oh nothing, honey. Go wash your hands and come eat your snack."
"And Pearl, how was your day, pretty girl?"
"Nothing special, mama. This is Black History Month, so we talked a lot about Martin Luther King, Booker T. Washington, and George Washington Carver, the peanut man. It was something we talked about last year - nothing new. Why don't Black people have a special history like the Queen of England or the Princess of Monaco or some people who are famous?"
"What do you know about England, Pearl?" said Maggie.
"For your information, I do watch the news," retorted Pearl.
"You wouldn't know an Englishman if he whacked you on the head with the queen's crown," said Bobby laughing.
"Now, children, settle down. Pearl, Blacks are a special people. I don't know that much about Black History, but there were Black rulers in Africa. Why King David, in the Bible, had a wife, a girlfriend, or whatever you want to call her who bore a child for him, and afterwards she returned to Africa. Come to think about it, I wonder whatever happened to those descendants of his."
"Mama, maybe that's where Mi-cha-ale came from. Maybe that's what he's talking about. But he talks just like I do. I don't have an accent do I?"
"No, dork," exclaimed Bobby. "You don't have an accent unless of course you're wearing it on your butt," laughed Bobby.
"Now, Bobby you stop that kind of talk in this house. You know I don't like it."
"Okay, mama, but you gotta watch these kids. They're so easily influenced. Next thing you know they'll be calling themselves King Solomon and Bath Sheba."
"So what, Bobby. You don't seem to mind when people call you 'Rapper,' pooh, pooh, pooh - pooh-pooh-pooh-pooh."
"Thomas, stop all that crazy noise and finish your snack so you can do your homework."
"Mama, can Mi-cah-ale come over sometime and play with me?" asked Thomas.
"Thomas, we don't know anything about him or his family. Are his parents together? Where do they live?"
"I forgot his address, but he takes the same bus I do and gets off the stop before mine. That means he doesn't live too far from here."
"We'll see, Thomas." Hattie knew her kids needed friends, but she had to know more about these people before she'd let her Thomas play with Michael in her home or in anyone else's home.
"Why are Jonathon and Lizzy so late today? It's after four o'clock."
"Oh yeah, mama, Jonathon had a game today, and Lizzy wanted to stay for it. I guess they forgot to tell you," said Bobby. "I wanted to go myself, but I have a composition to finish."
"It sure would be nice if you kids would keep me informed of your activities," scolded Hattie. She really couldn't be upset with them. It wasn't their fault she didn't have the precious time to spend with them that was so very much needed for growing children. By some luck, she and James had done a good job raising their children. None of them were on drugs or alcohol, and they were doing exceptionally well in school.
Lizzy was a junior in high school and on the honor roll. And because she excels in math, her math teacher asked her to tutor students three days a week after school and in return, the teacher would teach her typing two days after school. Lizzie isn't satisfied with hand written compositions; she feels that they should be typed. Consequently, Hattie knows that soon she will have to buy her a typewriter for which she has already been saving.
Jonathon, not the typical Black, can't hold a tune, can't dance, and as a result doesn't particularly care about music of any kind. He is only concerned with his school work and basketball. Jonathon promised his mother that he would one day be a famous, rich doctor and would buy her an estate in the suburbs with a tennis court and a swimming pool, and she would have a maid and never have to work again in her life. He was determined not to be poor.
"Well, I hope his team wins," said Hattie. It hurt her so much that she couldn't be at the school to cheer for him and the other players. She had to go to the store and then rush back to cook before leaving for work that night.
Hattie hurriedly cleaned up after the kids and gave them instructions to straighten their rooms and to do their homework. She also told them that only afterwards could they turn on the television or the radio. That hurt Hattie, too. Their only enjoyment was doled out to them. Television and radio were all they could afford. Sometimes a movie every blue moon. "God," she thought, "please keep my kids safe. They didn't ask for this life. Give us a better way of living before my children opt to quitting school and working for peanuts like James and me."
"Mama, can I go with you? Mrs. Milton gave us a chance to finish our homework in school in case someone needed help."
"I don't know, Maggie. You like to sneak food in the cart, and you know we're on a tight budget."
"Mama, if I promise not to sneak food, can I go?"
"Okay, sweetheart. It's a deal. Get your coat and hurry."
"All right," screamed Maggie with glee.
"Bobby, watch the little ones, and take care of the house," cried Hattie. "If Jonathon and Lizzy get home before I return, tell them their sandwiches are on the counter. Maggie's going to the store with me, and we'll be right back."
"Okay, mama; I've got everything under control," said Bobby.
Hattie was pleased that Maggie wanted to go with her. It gave her a chance to spend some time with her young daughter even if she did ask a million and one questions. This child just had to know everything. Walking past the humongous Baptist church on the way to the supermarket really got her started.
"Mama, why don't we all go to church every Sunday?"
"Maggie, your dad and I are so tired on the weekend that having to get up and get dressed for church is just like getting up and getting ready for work. We do need some rest, you know." Hattie had to tell her something. And she didn't want to tell her the real reason she didn't particularly care to go to church. She knew what kind of people went to church and frankly speaking she didn't want to even be bothered with them on earth or in heaven either. In a word, they were all hypocrites. On Sundays, they'd be all smiles in their fine-fine suits and dresses and high-heeled shoes. And on any other day of the week, you may or may not get a hello out of them. Hattie couldn't stand them the way they said, "God did this and God did that 'for me.'" Hattie couldn't figure out why they, those fancy churchgoers, thought they were so much better than others. "You do for me; I don't have to do for you." Married preachers messing with married women. Hattie knew that if the Son of God came back and saw these folks, he would be highly disappointed. No, I don't want anything to do with them. Any way, if all these churches meant right, they'd get the homeless people off the street, feed them, and give them a decent and clean place to stay. All the money they rake in goes for vacations, homes, and a fleet of cars for the pastor and his wife. What a scam. Aren't pastors supposed to watch over the flock? Hattie got upset just thinking about the church. Why, I'll bet this parish has at least four hundred followers who tithe an average of at least three hundred dollars every year if not more. That's enough money to help all kinds of poor people. What could they possibly be doing with all that money, year after year? When is the government going to get smart and make these churches care for their flocks? Why, the church could settle the welfare problem. It could at least provide day care for working mothers, so long as they don't charge an arm and a leg for their services. Young mothers could then get off welfare and find work or get a decent education.
"Mama, if Jesus was White, then why couldn't I be White?"
"Oh Lord," thought Hattie, "here we go again."
"Maggie, dear heart, your daddy and I love you just the way you are. You don't have to be White to be accepted by God."
"But, mama, white people have everything. They run the country and the industries. They own all the large stores, hotels, and transportation systems. If you go to the bank, they hold all the money. If you want anything at all, you have to go to them for it. If you go to the television and radio stations, they run everything there, too."
"Well, Maggie, I'm sure there are Blacks working in all these places as well. Why if you watch the news, you'll see at least one black reporter on every station."
"Of course there are some Blacks in journalism, mama. When our class visited the television and radio stations last month, I mainly saw them at the computers and pushing carts. There was one or two in big positions, but the great majority of the people working at these places was white. And anyway, I don't just want to be a news reporter, mama. I want to own a television or radio station. And I still wish I were White and Jewish like Jesus."
"But, sweetheart, why would you want to be a white Jew?"
Hattie knew one thing about white Jews, and that was that they took care of their own and for that, they should be commended. By no means were white Jews an oppressed people. They own and run banks, hotels, hospitals, and clothing and movie industries to name a few. They aren't very well liked throughout the world, but with all their money, they couldn't care less. If a hotel discriminated against them, they would buy it. "Ha," Hattie said aloud. "What a way to go."
"Mama, what are you laughing at?"
"Nothing, dear, just wishing I was a white Jew."
To be continued in the next issue of The LawKeepers Journal…
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