“…..where your treasure is so shall your heart be also.” Matthew 6:21
The B’ney Yosef National Shabbat is nearing its 2nd anniversary. This National Shabbat will be coming at a very interesting time. It will be in the middle of Yom Ha’aztmaut/Israel Independence Day (starts the evening of April 30) and Yom Yerushalayim/Jerusalem Day (starts the evening of May 23).
It also happens to occur 1 day before Lag B’Omer. What is Lag B’Omer? Lag B’Omer is celebrated on the 33rd day of the Omer. The Omer is counted for 49 days between the end of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot (derived from the practice of counting the days from the barley offering at the Temple to the day of the wheat offering on Shavuot, in the Torah). The observance celebrates a break in a plague of death among Rabbi Akiva’s students. Why the plague? The sages claimed that the students failed to show proper love and respect for one another, thus opening the door for the plague. Also, the Talmud states that the great teacher of Jewish mysticism Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai died on Lag B’Omer, and in modern times the observance has come to symbolize the resilience of the Jewish spirit.
Here is a thought for all of you to ponder. Could one day our brother Judah celebrate Lag B’Omer as the day the House of Yosef began to show mutual love and respect to one another as well to them? In addition, are we experiencing the beginning of our hearts returning to Yerushalayim as our chief joy? We are seeing eyes opening and a return to the ancient paths, however we are also seeing rising numbers turning away from Yerushalayim — just as we, as Ephraim, once did prior to our exile. Let us press on and continue to return our hearts toward the City of our Great King despite rising opposition. As the House of Yosef let’s return all our heart, soul, mind, and strength to Yerushalayim once again!
When: 1 PM – May 13, 2017
March 25 – Special Shabbat in North Georgia – Repentance, Reconciliation, Restoration, and Sanctification with Jesse Running Bear, Bob Ensign, & Chief Hunt
Please join us for a special Shabbat experience in North Georgia. It is time for the family of Yisrael to experience repentance, reconciliation, restoration, and sanctification among each other. We are called to heal the Land of our Inheritance by honoring First Nations here. This Shabbat will be lead by them. Learn our Abba restoring so many things amongst His people!
Please join us for this National Shabbat in North Georgia. Hear a review of the BYNA North American Summit held in Mesa, Az on Feb. 12-14 with Barry Phillips, Mikell Clatyon, and others.
Barry Phillips will be sharing music with us.
Lucian Lamar Sneed, Chairman of the Georgia Tribe of the Eastern Cherokee with be a guest and share with us the history of the Cherokee nation in Georgia.
Come join us for a great time of praise and fellowship with discussion on the story of Purim. Enjoy this grass roots family reunion as B’ney Yosef North America continues to promote the restoration of the Family of Northern Israel.