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by Sharon Rondeau

The above photo was posted on the Facebook support group page for the Hendersons with the caption, “Look who feels better!”

(Mar. 25, 2013) — The Henderson family has reunited for the first time overnight since the children were placed in foster care almost two years ago.

The announcement of the visit was made on Friday, to which Mrs. Henderson said, “Baruch Hashem!” which in Hebrew means “Blessed be the name of the Lord!”  Today began the Jewish festival of Passover, celebrated to mark the release of the Israelites from bondage in Egypt.  Some call it the “Festival of Freedom.”

While Erica and a friend were preparing breakfast on Sunday, a shelf in the refrigerator broke, but the mishap did not mar the anticipation of the family being together for the three-day visit permitted by the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS).  A replacement part was purchased quickly and cleanup effected prior to the children’s arrival at approximately 9:00 a.m. PDT.

A video posted by Jeffrey Henderson, the father, illustrates the kindness of a friend, who delivered fresh vegetables and other foods for the reunion, including kosher foods for Passover, which began today.

The Hendersons have seven children who were placed in four different foster homes when the parents were arrested and falsely jailed in May 2011.  Exactly one year prior, the Pasadena Police Department had demanded entry to the Hendersons’ home after someone in the neighborhood reported that Jeffrey had slapped his daughter.  Jeffrey denies the claim.

The child in the photo is the Hendersons’ youngest and was taken from his mother’s arms at the age of five weeks.  The elder six children were present at an unsupervised visit when the baby was seized.

The Post & Email has communicated with Mr. Armand Montiel, Public Affairs Director of DCFS, and Supervising Judge Michael Nash of the Edmund C. Edelman Children’s Court in Monterey Park, CA, where the hearings on the Henderson case have been held, although because of privacy laws, neither has been able to give specifics.

Last fall, Judge Marguerite Downing had announced her intention to place the six elder children into adoptive homes despite the parents’ attempts to regain custody.  Erica and Jeffrey have attended counseling, parenting classes and all scheduled visits with the children.  Several hearings were held of which they were not aware, and in December, they filed a civil rights violation lawsuit against numerous DCFS, Los Angeles Police Department, and judiciary defendants.

Monday and Tuesday are Passover holidays during which matzah, or unleavened bread, is eaten to commemorate the haste with which the Israelites had to leave Egypt, led by Moses.  The last two days celebrate the parting of the Red Sea described in the Old Testament Book of Exodus.

After several months of wandering in the wilderness, Moses climbed Mt. Sinai to communicate with God, where he was given two stone tablets on which were written The Ten Commandments, which teach:

  1. You shall have no other gods before me.
  2. You shall not make for yourself any carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.
  3. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
  4. Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter, nor your manservant, nor your maidservant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
  5. Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you.
  6. You shall not murder.
  7. You shall not commit adultery.
  8. You shall not steal.
  9. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

National Ten Commandments Day is the first Sunday in May.  In 2005, a Ten Commandments Commission was formed to “rally public officials, community leaders, international diplomats and grassroots activists to instill Judeo-Christian values in society” and “celebrate God’s eternal moral law.”

In 2000, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that a Ten Commandments display in a Kentucky courthouse should be removed in accordance with lower courts’ decisions that it violated the First Amendment to the Bill of Rights.  In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the Ten Commandments could be displayed outside of a courthouse.  The Supreme Court building has several interiordisplays of the Ten Commandments.

In November 2003, Judge Roy Moore was removed from his post as the Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court by a unanimous vote for refusing to remove a plaque of the Ten Commandments from the Alabama Judicial Building.  On November 6, Moore ran and was re-elected to the position from which he had been removed nine years prior.

Baby Henderson sleeping

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  1. Sharon you deserve a lot of credit for this happening. Keeping the injustice in the news is something the thugs in power do not like. This is a major happening, as I now believe the family will be reunited.

    As for the Ten Commandments. The corrupt politicians in DC somehow can’t see the correlation between the Ten Commandments being removed from society and the morals of society resulting in mass murders. It is too far of a stretch for their pea brains.