African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem - Way of Life

Way of Life

The group maintains a vegan diet, citing Genesis 1:29, "And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat." They practice abstinence from alcohol, other than the naturally fermented wine which they make themselves, and both illegal and pharmaceutical drugs, so as to stay within the cycles of life. The group owns and operates a chain of vegetarian restaurants throughout the world. Adult members exercise three times a week, and are advised to have at least one full-body massage each month for its health benefits.

The group grow much of their own food and are authorized organic growers with the Israel Bio-Organic Agricultural Association.

Clothing is based on Biblical guidelines, consisting of natural fibers with fringes and blue cord.

The group practices "polygyny", meaning that a man can marry several wives (up to six). Within the community this is termed "Divine Marriage", being based on Biblical examples such as King David. Polygyny is not required, constituting approximately 37 percent of marriages in 1992.

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