Hebrews don’t practice religion. We practice a lifestyle called Hebraism, but what is Hebraism? Many of you already know how to describe it, but you may not have known what it was called. Here it is:

Hebraism is the ideology of Hebraic reconstructionism, which is the renewal and restoration of the ancient Hebraic religion in its purest form—the form in which the Messiah Yahusha practiced. 1 John 2:6a reads – Whoever claims to abide in Him must walk as Yahusha walked.

Our purpose is to walk as Yahusha walked. After all, He was a Hebrew. He thought as a Hebrew, He taught as a Hebrew, and He lived as a Hebrew—and more importantly, He practiced what it meant to be a Hebrew perfectly – making Him the best example to follow. We are not part of the Hebrew Roots Movement, or Judaism, of any kind, or the so-called Black Hebrew Israelites. We are not Messianic, nor are we Christian.

We are Hebrew. Hebraism is not a new ideology, religious belief, or theological doctrine; it is not even a new perspective. In fact, there is nothing new about it at all. Hebrew means to cross-over. As Hebrews, we have crossed over to the pure doctrine of God from the corrupt traditions of men.

Hebraism is about examining the thought, spirit, and practical characteristics of the foundations of our faith to determine how to live our lives the way our Father in heaven intended us to. To know what that is, we primarily focus on reading and understanding the first five books of the Bible, commonly called the Torah. But even though the Torah is our focus, we value all scripture equally as being inspired by God and valuable to teach us what is true, realize what is wrong in our lives, and teach us to do what is right.

Abraham is considered the first Hebrew because after Yah disinherited the nations at Babel, he chose to reestablish the Hebrew religion with Abraham. Even though Abraham is the patriarch of the Hebrew faith, the reality is the Hebrew faith began on the first day of creation.

Many of us who are returning to the Hebraic foundations of our faith are doing so because we have noticed that, for the most part, our expression of faith was not in line with scripture. For example, I was raised in a Christian home, and a cast of universalism dominates most forms of Christianity.

This is a problem because universalism’s overarching principle is: something for everyone. Christianity’s practice of universalism stems from Catholicism. Why? The first Christians were Catholic; therefore, Christianity in its purest form is Catholicism. Catholicism was founded on the principle of being a universal religion, that is, a religion with something for everyone, which can even be found in its name. The word Catholic originates from the Greek adjective katholikos, which means ‘universal,’ and is transliterated directly from the late Latin word, catholicus. During the formative years of Catholicism, people who were becoming Catholics were allowed to come as they were (did you catch that?). In doing so, they brought with them their beliefs and practices.

Individuals entering the faith and allowed come as they were made it permissible for certain beliefs and practices like Christmas and Easter to become pillars of the Christian faith despite their pagan origins. The fact of the matter is, scripture is vehemently against the idea that you are allowed to come into our faith as you are. An example of this is in n Acts 15, where we see that people who wanted to convert to the way were not allowed to come as they were. There were certain things they had to do first, mainly leave their pagan practices at the door. There will be more in-depth teaching on this topic later, but for now, this was one example of what we mean by examining the thought, spirit, and practical characteristics of the foundations of our faith.

By and large, our faith has become dominated by western thought, so it is taught and practiced within a western cultural mindset. The fact of the matter is, nothing written in scripture is based on western thought. That is why Hebrews do away with the man-made traditions that have replaced biblical principles; we replace those man-made traditions with scripture. However, we don’t believe all traditions are bad, just the ones that attempt to usurp the authority of the scripture. So, if the Messiah followed scripture and despised man-made traditions that corrupt God’s commands, shouldn’t we as well (Mark 7:13a – thus, you make the word of God of no effect by your traditions).

Therefore, viewing scripture from a western perspective can provide you with a distorted image, and at worst, cause you to see it as something it was never intended to look like—like looking through a telescope backward.

Looking through a telescope using the proper lens, the image you see will appear clear, causing you to see it for what it is.

Hebrews believe we are saved by grace through faith, and that is how Yah shows us love (Ephesians 2:8). Despite being commonly accused of having a works-based salvation for following Torah, the reality is that we follow Torah for two reasons, neither of which are for salvation. First, because we love Yah, for it is written, if you love me, you will keep my commandments (John 14:15), and second because it’s how we show our gratitude for our salvation. Did you catch that? Our obedience is in response to being granted salvation, not to earn it. With that being said, we also believe that salvation and eternal life are two separate issues; that’s why there is a judgment at the end of days (more on that in a future discussion).

Christianity believes in the Messiah but rejects keeping the Torah. Judaism believes in keeping Torah and rejects the Messiah. But as we see in scripture, there is not a law for Christians and a law for Jews; there is only one law for everyone who follows Yah. Likewise, there is one faith in the one Messiah, Yahusha (1 Corinthians 1:13). It is the combination of both these things that allows individuals from different backgrounds to become one body. Anyone who accepts Messiah and obeys the Torah to the best of their ability is considered your neighbor and a Hebrew part of Yah’s family.