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Alexandra Lindstrom

Happy Rosh Hashana!

Shalom, Tonight we enter into one of God’s appointed times, the festival of Rosh HaShanah/Yom Teruah. It’s interesting that this festival is not listed in Deuteronomy 16, with the other festivals. Chapter 16 is very clear that Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot are festivals of joy and rejoicing. So what about Yom Teruah? Should we rejoice, or is it supposed to be a more sober time of introspection, leading up to Yom Kippur? Teruah is a Hebrew word that means blasting or shouting. This sound is generally understood to be the sound of the shofar, but could also include the voice of a person crying out. It’s interesting to look at what the blast of the shofar communicates throughout the Scriptures. It accompanied God’s presence descending on Mt. Sinai, caused the walls of Jericho to crumble, put fear into the hearts of Israel’s enemies and was the declaration of victory when God delivered Israel’s enemies into their hands. There’s one more use for the shofar, and this is the one I would like to focus on. I believe it’s the common thread that ties all the other uses together. 2 Samuel 15 and 2 Kings 9 tell us that the shofar was blown when a king of Israel was coronated. More than that, if we look at Psalms 47 and 98, blowing the shofar is directly related to declaring the Almighty’s Kingship. The shofar blast at Sinai was God saying “Israel, I am your King.” When the walls fell at Jericho, God was showing the world that He, the God of Heaven, is the King of Israel. In 1967, Rabbi Shlomo Goren blew the shofar at the Western Wall, declaring to the world that God is King, and He has made Israel victorious over her enemies. When a King rises to power, his subjects rally around him, and his enemies tremble and are afraid. Are you fully submitted to God? Have you declared Him as your King? Yom Teruah is a day of shofar blasting – a day to coronate God as King of our lives. He is a merciful and gracious King! He is inviting all those willing to hear the sound of the shofar to accept Him as their King. Today is the day of salvation! Zephaniah speaks of the shofar blast bringing judgement on those unwilling to submit to God. The enemies of God will be defeated at the sound of the shofar – at the coronation of God as King. Perhaps this is why we aren’t directly commanded to rejoice on Yom Teruah. There are many emotions that take place when a righteous, holy, merciful king takes his throne: sobriety – seeing God’s righteous judgements; humility – because of God’s great mercies toward us; and joy – at being in His awesome presence. Come, let’s coronate the King today! Shanah tovah u’metukah,... Read MoreRead More

Staff Highlight of the Week

Steve and Kelly Fournier {Kitchen staff, Baker, Construction} Steve and Kelly Fournier are the blessed parents of eleven children, four of whom are married, and fourteen grandchildren. Their life mission has been to raise their children to walk in the truth. In 2014, the Fournier family made their first trip to Israel and had a life changing experience! They joined the staff of HaYovel in 2017 to work towards the vision of Jerusalem being made a praise in all the earth. Together with their seven children still at home, Steve and Kelly are excited to be working toward the restoration of the Land! In working with HaYovel, Steve is able to use his vocational skills of carpentry and baking. He is at his best in the harvest kitchen, making delicious bread. Kelly has a full time job being a wife and mother to their busy and active family. Together with their children, Jessica, Rachael, Kirsten, Charis, Stephen, Shava and Hannah, they are able to fill many roles, including facilitating the kitchen for the harvest and teaching Hebrew at HaYovel’s Ulpan... Read MoreRead More

The Votes Are In…

The votes are in and our short film titled “What Happens When Ordinary Meets Extraordinary?”, won 2nd place in Israel Video Network’s 3rd annual “Inspired By Israel” video contest!   Congratulations to our media team and everyone who was involved in the production of this short film. Also, a big “Thank you” to everyone who voted for us and shared the video with friends and family.   None if this would have been possible, however, without the help from God; all glory to Him! We pray that the message of the restoration and redemption of the land of Israel and her people will continue to be heard throughout the... Read MoreRead More

Inspiring and Encouraging Music!

Yesterday, we highlighted Brayden and Tali Waller, and the music that they have had a key role in releasing. If this is your first time hearing about HaYovel’s music, or have yet to hear it, check out the CD’s at our online store The Yovel Shop. Be inspired by the Psalms Of Accent, or be encouraged by the live concert recording of Blessed Is The King. At the Yovel shop, you will be able to purchase hard copies of the CD’s, purchase a digital version to download, and find other music released by HaYovel. Enjoy! Link to The Yovel... Read MoreRead More
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