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Remembering Jerusalem – 1 PM, May 13 National Shabbat in North Georgia

“…..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