BYNA Newsletter (August 31, 2017)

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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!

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Prayer and the Amidah

Prayer and the Amidah

Dr. David E Jones, Elder, BYNA, and at

The Ultimate Weapon to help you STAND
Have you ever thought
If I could just find the “key” to walking out a life pleasing to Yahweh
And overcome the trials of the world
The most powerful “tool” we have Is uninterrupted communication with YHWH

Strengthens our faith
Allows the grace of YHWH to flow through us
Keeps us in communion with the Father
Is supernatural, human nature tells us that something should be a certain way. Prayer can change that!
Keeps our focus on the Father so we don’t fall into the trap of “by my own hand” (Deut. 8:17)

Prayer and the Heart go together
We act and speak according to our hearts, not our brain

Deuteronomy 4:39-40
(39) know today, and establish it in your heart, that Adonai is God in heaven above and on earth below – there is no other. (40) Therefore, you are to keep his laws and mitzvot which I am giving you today, so that it will go well with you and with your children after you, and so that you will prolong your days in the land Adonai your God is giving you forever.”



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The Truth or not the Truth – that is the question

The Truth or not the Truth – That is the Question

by Frank Bloomfield at

Maybe it’s the political season, maybe it’s my age, maybe I am out of touch, but I cannot grasp the concept that lying is an acceptable trait or behavior. I don’t mean the bold, blatant bald face lies that everyone knows is wrong. I mean the subtle little innuendos that are the mainstay of sane, rational adult conversations these days. I heard a business man say that being late on an assignment is no big deal; that it is commonplace in the ‘real world’. There also are those who say they will be at a certain place or occasion, only to just not show up. When asked later, they normally respond ….



On Being Blameless … Noach 5777

On Being Blameless … Noach 5777

by Cathy Helms, at

This week as I pondered the assigned Scripture and Ray Gardner’s rich and detailed study notes , a few thoughts came to mind.

“Noah walked with God.” This phrase is used only for one other person in Scripture–Noah’s great-grandfather Enoch, the one who lived 365 years “and he was not, for God took him.” (Gen. 5:24) Scripture emphasizes Enoch’s righteousness by TWICE stating “Enoch walked with God.” [Gen. 5:22,24). The name Enoch means “dedicated, initiated, trained.” In Hebrew, to “walk” [halak הלך Strong’s H1980] means much more than to put one foot in front of the other and shuffle along. Rather, it is a euphemism for a manner of thought and, therefore, a manner of life. It is a life view or paradigm and, also, hints at one’s ability to influence.

Enoch was the seventh generation of Adam. The number seven in Hebrew thought denotes perfection and completion, as in the seven days of Creation. According to Jewish literature, Enoch set himself apart from the culture, in seclusion, for long years for the purpose of studying the Word of God.



The Land is good! Indeed, very good!

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Arbel Nature Reserve in Israel


Prayer Psalms, Psalm 135

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Prayer Psalms, Psalm 135

by Ephrimona of


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

We, Your servants YHVH who stand in Your house, the house of Ya’acov, and in Your courts, praise You, we praise Your name Elohey’nu (our God). For You have chosen Ya’acov for Yourself and we of Yisrael, his seed, as Your special treasure. Yes, it is good and pleasant to praise You, Elohey Avotey’nu (God of our Fathers).

I know Abba, that You are great and that You are above all gods. You will do, whatever You, Ribon Olam (Sovereign of the Universe), please to do, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places. For You cause the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; You make lightning for the rain; You bring the wind out of Your treasuries.

You Elohey Tzva’ot (God of the Armies), destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast. You sent signs and wonders into the midst of Egypt, upon Pharaoh and all his servants. You defeated many nations and slew mighty kings — Sihon king of the Amorites, Og king of Bashan, and all the kingdoms of Canaan – You gave their land to our forefathers as an inheritance, a heritage to Yisrael Your people. Your name, YHVH – Elohey Yisrael (God of Israel), endures forever, Your fame, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov (God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob), throughout all generations.

The idols of the nations are silver and gold, the work of men’s hands. They have mouths, but they do not speak; eyes they have, but they do not see; they have ears, but they do not hear; nor is there any breath in their mouths. Those who make them are like them; so is everyone who trusts in them.

You, YHVH – Shof’teynu (our Judge), will judge us, Your people; You will have compassion on Your servants. All the house of Yisrael will praise You, all the house of Aaron will praise You, and all the house of Levi will praise Your holy Name YHVH. All those who fear You, YHVH, El Shaddai (God Almighty), will praise You! We praise You out of Tziyon, O YHVH Who dwells in Y’rusha’la’yim

Hallelu-Yah!!! For You, YHVH, are Elohim. You are Elohey Yisrael, Elohey Avraham, Yitzchak and Ya’acov. Avinu 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

2SEP17, Ki Tetze Dvarim/ Deut 21:10 to 25:19
9SEP17, Ki Tavo, Dvarim/Deut 26:1 to 29:8
16SEP17, Nitzavim/Vayelch, Dvarim/Deut 29:9 to 31:30
23SEP17, Ha’azinu, Dvarim/Deut 32:1 to 32:52


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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Going Home by Way of the Patriarchs

Growing the Nation through Shabbat

By: Jesse ben Yosef

In the words of the 20th century Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, “More than the Jews have kept the Shabbat, the Shabbat has kept the Jews.” I would suggest that in the exact same way as the cultural identity of the Jewish people was preserved for the last 2,000 years, so will the people of Ephraim– a nation which has not even existed for 2,700 years– come back together: by keeping the Shabbat.

Now it is true, that for the last 1,800 years, while the Jewish people were meeting in synagogues all around the world on Saturdays, most Ephraimites were sitting in church pews on Sundays; yet this schism between our two houses did not always hold true. There is significant evidence within the pages of the New Testament itself to suggest that, in the first century following the advent of our Messiah, the early believers met not in “churches” as we envision them today, but in synagogues alongside their Jewish brethren. Evidence of this can be found all throughout the Gospels and the book of Acts, in which it is seen that both Yeshua and the Apostles set a precedent of preaching in the synagogues, on the day of Shabbat. (See Mark 1:21, 6:2; Luke 4:16, 6:6, 13:10-14; Acts 13:14, 18:4, 15:21; and James 2:2.)

When did we, an Ephraimite people, forsake the Shabbat?

For more or Jesse’s article or to check National Shabbat click here


What’s for Dinner? – Biblically Kosher Meals

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Serbian Salad

by Yocheved


2⁄3 cup olive oil
1⁄3 cup red wine vinegar
5 garlic cloves, quartered
1⁄2 teaspoon dried basil
1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
1⁄2 teaspoon dried marjoram
fresh ground black pepper, to taste
6 tomatoes, diced
2 green peppers, seeds removed and diced
2 -3 green onions, trimmed and chopped, divided
1 cucumber, peeled, seeds removed and sliced thin
1 romaine lettuce, baby lettuce leaves, if you can find them
1 -2 ounce feta cheese, crumbled


Combine first 8 ingredients for dressing. (I put them all in a canning jar and shake to combine.) Refrigerate overnight. Please do not short-cut the dressing! It really needs the time for the flavors to meld properly. This carries my Serbian daughter-in-law’s seal of approval. =D

At least an hour before serving, remove garlic from dressing and discard.

Combine tomatoes, peppers, about 2/3s onion and cucumber with dressing. Let the flavors meld for about an hour, more if you like.

Line platter with Romaine; top with veggies. Sprinkle feta and remaining onions on top.

Bon Appetit! / b’te’avon!

About 8 servings.


Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem

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Prayer for the State of Israel

Translated from the Rabbinical Council of America Edition of the Artscroll Siddur

Our Father who is in the heavens, Rock of Israel and its Redeemer, bless the state of Israel, the first sprouting of our redemption. Protect her with the pinion of Your kindness and spread over her the sukkah of Your peace and send Your Light and Your Truth to her leaders, her officials and her counsellors and make them straight with good advice from Your presence and strengthen the hands of the guardians, the defenders of our holy land. Bequeath and confer upon them O Elohim of our salvation, help and a crown of victory. You will crown them and You will give peace in the land and eternal happiness to the ones who dwell in her and for all our brothers of the house of Israel, count and please attend to them in all the lands of their dispersion. Cause them to go quickly and upright to Zion Your city, and to Yerushalayim the dwelling place of Your Name. As it is written in the Torah of Moshe Your Servant, If [you are] driven away, wandering at the end of the Heavens, from there YHVH your Elohim will gather you and from there He will take you. YHVH your Elohim will bring you to the land which your fathers inherited and He will cause you to inherit it and He will do good to you and He will may you many more than your fathers and unite our hear for love. [He will] have us fear and regard His Name with awe and guard all the Words of Your Torah. Send to us quickly the Son of David, the Anointed One of Your Justice to redeem the ones who wait for Your Salvation. Shine forth in splendor the pride of Your Strength upon all the ones who dwell in Earth, Your Land, and will say each one who has breath, YHVH the Elohim of Israel is King and His Kingship is in every dominion. Amein and Selah!

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digital art by Yocheved