Jerusalem on $50 a day!! At Sukkot!! No kidding!!

**Update:  As of 5/22/2018, 59 spots already reserved.

How would you like to spend 16 days in Israel before and during Sukkot 2018 for a shade more than $50/day per person?  Oh, the $50 includes breakfast and dinner!!  And, the trip does involve working four of the first five days.  The balance of the time is experiencing Yom Kippur and Sukkot in the Land.

The Overview

Three years ago, while in Jerusalem for Sukkot, I was taking in this amazing place and feast, but was bothered by trash on the ground in many public places in and around Jerusalem.  I had a vision then of returning with a team to pick up trash before Sukkot and then to celebrate and tour.

Well, during our most recent visit, Pesach 2018, the Father suddenly began to open doors and assemble a team from Europe and North America to help support just such an endeavor.  More exciting is that He expanded the vision from a team of 30 to a team of 100 and He made a way for the price to be a very reasonable, even cheap, $50/day.**

**Tours fees and transportation are ala carte and extra.  I.e., As soon as we nail down individual prices for each of the five day tours, we will release that.  Costs are site entry tickets and in the two day trips, a share of the bus cost, probably about $15/person or so for the two long day trips.

If this excites and interests you, here are the details: Continue reading

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Is hate the answer? Yishai Fleisher and the Palestinian Question

My plans for the summer did not include reading or in any way weighing in on the discussion of Palestinians.  Honestly, while I probably should have been more educated on the issue, I can say that aside from driving through Judea and Samaria during each of my last three trips to Israel and avoiding roads that have the big red and white ‘enter at your own risk’ warning signs, the Palestinians have not been on my mind.  I’ve been minding my own business.  Until a few weeks ago.

While the circumstances and players are not important to this article, a sequence of conversations and confrontations brought me face to face with a simple and very uncomfortable fact: what if I’m related to the Palestinians?

Now, some of you are chuckling because you know well my Swedish blue eyes and very European ancestry, even if I tan easily to a deep bronze.  But seriously?  What if I am related?

The simple truth is that I believe I am.  Continue reading

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What are you doing for Sukkot this year?? (And, we need some help…)

Hey guys, been super busy here, but we continue to be hard at work planning and preparing to take a large team to Jerusalem this year for Sukkot!!  Most trips to Israel cost a bundle, especially during the feasts!  But, what if I told you that we have something very special planned that is decidedly not your ordinary tour package and at a considerably less expensive rate?

Well, if you have been looking for a chance to be in Jerusalem for Sukkot, plus a few more days, then this is the trip for you!  Currently, we have more than 70 names on our list, but we have room for a few more.  Try 16 days in Jerusalem at Sukkot on just $50 per day, includes lodging (hostel style) and breakfast/dinner, daily.  Details are here and at the Ani Yosef blog Come join us, but be quick…  Time and space is limited.

Now…  Maybe you can’t go, but you have been keeping up with Ani Yosef and you know that this is an opportunity to build long term trusting friendships with brothers in Israel.  Well, because this is our first time, we have a few extra start up expenses as we get set up to be able to do this next year at Pesach and Sukkot.  Cooking and serving the team of about 100 will require some large stainless pots, mixing bowls, serving trays, heavy duty serving utensils, a couple LARGE coffee pots and other incidentals as well as cost to transport some select items from the US.  If you or your fellowship can help with any of this, please go here and hit the donate button and select the amount in $10 increments.  Your gift will help us immensely!

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Something to ponder deeply….

He who justifies the wicked and he who condemns the righteous, Both of them alike are an abomination to the Lord .
Proverbs 17:15 NASB

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Psalm 56

Be gracious to me, O God, for man has trampled upon me; Fighting all day long he oppresses me. My foes have trampled upon me all day long, For they are many who fight proudly against me.

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You. In God, whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust; I shall not be afraid.

What can mere man do to me? All day long they distort my words; All their thoughts are against me for evil. They attack, they lurk, They watch my steps, As they have waited to take my life. Because of wickedness, cast them forth, In anger put down the peoples, O God!

You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not in Your book? Then my enemies will turn back in the day when I call; This I know, that God is for me. In God, whose word I praise, In the Lord , whose word I praise, In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid. What can man do to me? Your vows are binding upon me, O God; I will render thank offerings to You. For You have delivered my soul from death, Indeed my feet from stumbling, So that I may walk before God In the light of the living.
Psalms 56:1‭-‬13 NASB

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I have crossed over…

Good friend, Debbie Triesch, posted this on her MeWe feed this morning.

I LOVE it!!

Have we really left the ways of the world, doctrines of men and manmade traditions in favor of Biblical truth? Most think so, but I’m not so sure…

Ponder this meme. Really, really ponder it.

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Ani Yosef on the Radio!!

Recently, I was interviewed concerning the upcoming Ani Yosef trip to Jerusalem for Sukkot 2018.  This was a fun interview with lots of details shared about the upcoming trip!!  Take a listen and then drop by more information, to sign up or make a donation to help with start up expenses!

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Ani Yosef update…

An update on the first Ani Yosef trip to Jerusalem, planned for Sukkot 2018, is up at

Come see the update and pray about joining us!

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Amazing Days!!

Do we have a clue how AMAZING is the time that we are living in??  Check out this incredible video created in Ecuador on the 70th anniversary of Israel!!  Can you hear echoes of ‘every tribe, tongue and nation?’  Of special note, the song is sung on the equator…  Both hemispheres crying out…  Baruch Hashem!!

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“Another Wave Offering”

I want to share a group email I received this morning with excellent thoughts and insight into Shavuot. I pray this challenges and blesses you as it did me.

Shalom Fellow Israelite,

The Counting of the Omer is almost over. Several times in history the marking of time during the seven weeks has culminated in significant events. It is believed that that was the case with the Torah being deposited at Mt. Sinai, and it was certainly true after Yeshua’s post-Resurrection forty day period on earth, and then the following ten days leading to the Spirit’s descent upon those who in the fullness of time became the first fruits of Shavuot (Shavuot is also the Feast of Bikkurim – first fruits).

This year in particular, the period marked by the Omer counting has been full of events in the Land of Israel – some ordained by heaven, others by man, while the natural and weather conditions have also been erratic.

Continue reading

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500,000 +!! Major mile marker…

Just over five years old and now at a half million views, is small by many standards, but has impacted many people’s lives with truth and challenging thoughts. Thank you for being here and sharing this journey as we grow together.

Truly, as the verse above says, doing His commandments leads to understanding. We don’t have understand first, we DO first and then comes understanding.

May each of you be blessed with great understanding.

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Ani Yosef website now live.,

As most readers have already noticed, an amazing opportunity to serve has unfolded before us.  For Sukkot this year, we are taking up to 100 people with us to Jerusalem for the feast and to serve our brother Judah by picking up trash and helping to value the land of our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob!  And, we are doing so at an amazing price!!

Well, as things have continued to unfold, the multinational leadership team for this trip has taken steps to establish what very well may become a regular service trip!!  We now have a name and a website where we can house details and information about developments and current projects.

Come by and take a peek!!

And, of course, space is filling quickly.  If you want to join us for this inaugural trip to Jerusalem for Sukkot 2018, here are the details….

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Jerusalem for Passover, two pilgrims’ adventures….

One of the great joys of going up to Jerusalem for the feasts is to gather on the weekly Shabbats at Independence Park.  Some time back, it sort of became an unwritten date on every ephramite’s calendar: 2pm at Independence Park.  Everybody will be there in a huge group talking excitedly, meeting new friends, making contacts and trading stories!  Dozens of nations are represented and multiple languages heard, though English is the primary.

Well, I had a special encounter with Dave McKnew and Rafael Trevino and heard part of their story.  This morning I received a lengthy email detailing their respective trips to Jerusalem, how they met and how the Father knit them together.  Enjoy!!

Going to Jerusalem for Passover

David McKnew and Rafael Trevino

Jeremiah 3:17
17 “At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of YHVH (LORD), and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of YHVH, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts.

I really had no idea why I felt a desire to go to Jerusalem for Passover but after my pilgrimage to the Holy Land it would be crystal clear. The first time I felt a slight desire to go to Israel was in June of 2017 while laying in my hammock in a very remote area of Kauai called the Kalalau Beach along the Napali coast. I had a thought “why have I not visited Israel, I can take time out to come to a beautiful beach like this to enjoy God’s creation but I have not taken the time to visit God’s holy land the only area on earth He
has said to have placed His name forever”. I did not think about it again until some unusual events had taken place just a few months after I had that thought.

August 21st 2017 just a couple months after that thought on the beach, we had an amazing eclipse sweep across the United States from the West Coast to the East Coast. I noticed some very interesting signs which were pointing to Jerusalem when the eclipse shadow
had passed over 7 Salem’s.

Continue reading and see their many beautiful pics:  Going to Jerusalem for Passover

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3rd B’ney Yosef National Congress Report ~ Ephraim and Rimona

Following is a terrific report from the 3rd B’ney Yosef National Congress.  Also, I want to give you a quick reminder to pray, promote and consider participating in the Bney Yosef organized trip to Jerusalem for Sukkot 2018!!

Friday, April 20, 2018


The concluding session of the 3rd Bney Yosef National Congress brought us tearfully ever closer to Bney Yehuda. Following a sequel of divine arrangements, we watched a video clip with an accompanying song about (mostly orphaned) Jewish children who after the 2nd World War were discovered hidden in Christian institutions. A young rabbi who was on a quest to find them did so by singing out loud the Shma. When the children heard the familiar sounds they came scurrying out of their rooms, making their way back to their identity and freedom.   The recently emerging Ephraimites, who are leaving organized religious institutes, are also being identified by their response to the call “Hear Oh Israel”. Thus the video clip made for a symbolic and significant conclusion to the four day gathering on the hills of Ephraim at the Eshel HaShomron hotel.  (Link to the said clip:

The stage for this momentous finale was already set on the previous day when we heard from an observant young Jewish woman, who was with us by mere chance. Rabbi Harry Rozenberg, who was scheduled to speak that afternoon, had a car failure. Shira, the young woman who is also his secretary, volunteered to drive him to his appointment, not knowing what to expect and who would be the Rabbi’s audience. About an hour into Rabbi Rozenberg’s presentation Ephraim stood up and motioned to him to take an interlude, as something was about “to happen”. This made Shira very nervous. It was 3PM (time of the daily sacrifice in former days), and the one hundred strong group stood up facing Jerusalem and sang the Shma to Shira’s utter amazement. With tears streaming down her face (Continue reading at Etz B’ney Yosef….)

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Two FUNNY videos from Pesach….

So, we are back in the US and getting over jet lag while dealing with mild depression from having to leave Israel.  Honestly, “there” feels more like home than “here,” but I digress.

As previously shared, we had an awesome Pesach Seder with a very multinational gathering from Europe and North America.  After the dinner, good friend and brother, Heinz Suter, introduced us to a little game/tradition that they do around their Pesach table in Switzerland after the meal.

The idea is that someone is the interviewer and different guests can go up and role play some character from the Passover story.  Heinz played the the interviewer for “Breaking Egypt News” and four or five of us got up.  My son, seeing me go up, decided to video.  The following is the unintended comedy that ensued.  Then, a couple people later, not to be outdone, Kelly, my wife, played a role.  Everything is improv.  Here the videos are for your enjoyment… Continue reading

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