BYNA Newsletter (Feb. 24, 2017)

Shalom and Welcome!

Shalom Brothers and Sisters in Messiah!

Welcome to our BYNA Newsletter! In it you will find articles for enriching your daily walk, practical applications of Torah principles, updates on events, news from Israelites around the world and some fun stuff as well. May it be a blessing to you as you seek to follow our Messiah!

The Council of Elders
The Executive Council
B’ney Yosef North America

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God’s Multiplier Effect


God’s Multiplier Effect

Sue in Aqaba,

This good word from a precious blogger friend (see the bottom of the page) gives me the opportunity to share a miracle that we had the privilege of participating in while we were celebrating Sukkot in Jerusalem. I hope it will bless you as much as it did us!

Background: We arrived in Jerusalem early on Friday afternoon a few hours prior to sundown, the beginning of Shabbat. In Jerusalem, shops, markets and restaurants begin shutting down around 3-4 pm on Fridays in anticipation of Shabbat, so we had very little time to do some quick food shopping to supply us over the next 24-48 hours. Some friends (Kimberly and Michael Brown) had arrived the day before and planned on having most of the Shabbat meal food already purchased, but we needed to get Challah, some fruit and some extras for the meal, plus breakfast, lunch and dinner for the following day.


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From Darkness to Light

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From Darkness to Light

by Ed Boring, BYNA Elder and at

The theme of darkness and light is present in scripture from the first chapter of B’reshit (Genesis) to the last chapter of Revelation. Based on how that theme is presented, and on our own life experiences, we have come to understand that, in our lives and in our walk with YHVH Elohim, we progress FROM darkness TO light. Even the concept of going from being lost to being found holds within it the idea of darkness and light: once we were lost (in darkness; blind, hidden, and vulnerable), but now we are found (in the light, we can see and be seen).

Just a few illustrations:

B’reshit (Genesis) 1:2-3, “The earth was unformed and void, darkness was on the face of the deep, and the Spirit of God hovered over the surface of the water. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light.”

Yesha’yahu (Isaiah) 9:2, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; upon those living in the land that lies in the shadow of death, light has dawned.”



The Land is good! Indeed, very good!

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The lower falls at Ein Gedi in Israel


An Editorial Note

While Ken wrote this article looking forward to the BYNA summit in Arizona, we believe it is important to read before we send out our next newsletter which will give reports from the summit. We were truly blessed beyond measure at this years Summit and Ken has made some pertinent comments looking forward to what might happen. Thanks Ken for a great introduction.

In Search of Peace (Thoughts on the upcoming BYNA Summit)

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Barry Phillips, BYNA Elder

In Search of Peace

by Ken Rank,

Last January I traveled down near Nashville, Tennessee for the B’ney Yosef North America (BYNA) Plenary Meeting. I went in with real hope but also with great caution as I so wanted to see a group come together that would be geared around the concept of promoting peace and unity among the quickly expanding Ephraimite community. I was cautious, however, because I had no idea what direction this group had envisioned. There were some ideas shared at that meeting that, quite frankly, would have prevented me from becoming a part of this group. Yet, as we continued to discuss things, pray about them, and work together through them, a theme of reconciliation aimed mainly at the growing Hebraic Christian movement began to emerge. I came out of that meeting with a renewed zeal for the work before us and I found myself committed to helping this process in any manner that God would have me.



Nate Benjamin – Fix My Eyes On You (lyric video)

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Prayer Psalms, Psalm 24

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Prayer Psalms

Prayer Psalms, Psalm 24

by Ephrimona of


Baruch Ata YHVH, Elohey Yisrael, Avi.
(Bless You, YHVH – Elohim of Israel, my Father)

The earth is Yours, Abba, YHVH – Ribon Olam (Sovereign of the Universe), and all its fullness, the world and those who dwell therein. For You, Bor’ee (my Creator), have founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the waters.

The question that arises before me is: Who may ascend into Your Holy Hill, YHVH? Or who may stand in Your Kadosh (Holy/Set-apart), place? Your answer is very clear to me, Elohey Tzid’kee, (my Righteousness), only those who have clean hands and a pure heart, and have not lifted up their soul to an idol, nor sworn deceitfully. These are the ones that will receive this honor from You, Elohey Tziyon, and will be blessed with Your righteousness, Elohey Yeshua’tee (my Salvation). Thus those of us who seek Your face, O Elohey Avraham, will be known as the generation of the seed of Ya’acov.

O seed of Yisrael, descendents of Ya’acov, you are the gates to My city. Each of your names is written on those twelve gates, so lift up your heads! Be lifted up, you everlasting doors! For I am your King, I desire to bring My glory in through you. I am, YHVH – Melech HaKavod (King of Glory), YHVH – Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), strong and mighty in battle. I say again, lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift them up, you everlasting doors! And I, Melech HaKavod (King of Glory), shall come in.

Hallelu-Yah!!! You YHVH are Elohim. You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov. Avi the Almighty reigns!

link to the latest of Ephrimona’s Prayer Psalms


Torah Portions and Teachers

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Torah Reading, photo courtesy of Yocheved Bloomfield

Torah Portions

25 Feb 17, Mishpatim, Exodus 21:1-24:18
04 Mar 17, Terumah, Exodus 25:1-27:19
11 Mar 17, Tetzaveh, Exodus 27:20-30:10
18 Mar 17, Ki Tisa, Exodus 30:11-34:35
25 Mar 17, Vayakhel/Pekudei, Exodus 35:1-40:38

Where to Find Torah

From Barry Phillips, Remnant of Yisrael
Foundations for Life
and Torah Teacher’s Round Table

From David Jones, Ruach Ministries
Tasty Torah

From Mike Clayton, Joined to HaShem
Living Torah and Joined to HaShem videos

From Yocheved and Pinchas, Kol HaMashiach Messianic Congregation
Weekly Torah Portions on Video

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National Shabbat at Kol haMashiach Congregation, photo courtesy Yocheved

Upcoming National Shabbat Venues

Growing the Nation through Shabbat

Kol haMashiach, Lake City, FL, March 10 & 11, 2017
F’day, Mar. 10: Erev Shabbat Dinner 6 pm
Erev Shabbat Praise & Worship 7:30 pm
Shabbat, Mar. 11: Torah Discussion 10 AM
Lunch & Fellowship 12 Noon to 3 PM
3 PM Discussion: The Story of Purim
5 PM Dinner & Fellowship
Please direct questions to, thanks!

For locations and further details check out National Shabbat here


What’s for Dinner? – Biblically Kosher Meals


Southwest Chicken Casserole

by Yocheved

My go-to choice for feeding a crowd with minimum work and maximum “Yum!”


Chicken Pieces (I usually use thighs or breasts 1 or 2 per person)
Mild Salsa – 1 jar
1 can corn, drained & rinsed
1 can black beans, drained and rinsed
8 oz cream cheese (sliced into 6 or so pieces)


In the bottom of a crock pot, layer in the chicken and salsa and toss to coat. Add in the corn, then the black beans. I don’t stir it at this point so the corn doesn’t dry out. Cook on high for about 4 hours or low for about 8 to 9 hours. About 15 minutes before serving, add the cream cheese slices and stir to combine.

Serve over rice for a heartier meal.

Bon Appetit! / b’te’avon!

About 4 to 6 servings.


Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Prayer for the State of Israel

From Kol Haneshamah: Shabbat Vehagim, the Shabbat and Festival siddur of the Reconstructionist Movement

Rock and champion of Israel, please bless the state of Israel, first fruit of the flourishing of the fruit of our redemption. Guard it in the abundance of your love. Spread over it the shelter of your peace. Send forth your light and truth to those who lead and judge it, and to those who hold elective office. Establish in them, through your presence, wise counsel, that they might walk in the way of justice, freedom and integrity. Strengthen the hands of those who guard our holy land.

Let them inherit salvation and life. And give peace to the land, and perpetual joy to its inhabitants. Appoint for a blessing all our kindred of the house of Israel in all the lands of their dispersion. Plant in their hearts a love of Zion. And for all our people everywhere, may God be with them, and may they have the opportunity to go up to the land. Cause your spirit’s influence to emanate upon all dwellers of our holy land. Remove from their midst hatred and enmity, jealousy and wickedness.

Plant in their hearts love and kinship, peace and friendship. And soon fulfill the vision of your prophet Nathan: “Nation shall not lift up sword against nation. Let them no longer learn ways of war … [b’shem Y’shua …]

And let us say: Amen.


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digital art by Yocheved