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
3rd BNEY YOSEF NATIONAL CONGRESS REPORT
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: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKGyI88ZkS8).
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….)