Friday, September 18, 2009

Yom Teruah or "Feast of Trumpets"

Yom Teruah or "Feast of Trumpets" marks the beginning of the Fall feasts according to the Biblical appointed festivals. Our forward focus has been on Sukkot or "Feast of Tabernacles" as that's the biggest event of the Fall feasts and requires the most planning and preparation. We're constantly mindful that we have to be in Oklahoma for this event the first week of October.

Yom Teruah had completely slipped from our thoughts and consideration. Fortunately, YHVH has our schedule and plans well in HIS hands and HE made provision for us to join a conference in North Carolina hosted by Shofar of Ephraim. The funny thing about this conference for us was that we had to turn neither to the left nor to the right. It popped up right in front of us.

This was an incredible blessing for us as we finally had a chance to meet Mike Clayton of Joined to Hashem. Mike has been one of my favorite Torah commentators for many years starting way back to my time in Thailand. Over the years, we've exchanged a few e-mails here and there, and we've both looked forward to being able to stand face to face one day. This issue had come up several times on our Tsiyon Bound tour as Mike kept turning up for conferences and such in places just outside our path or behind us. It was a delight to finally come together.

Our paths collided in North Carolina and we enjoyed three days of praise and worship with lots of shofar blowing and Torah exploration from other Torah lovers such as Brad Scott, Bill Cloud and Rico Cortes. I hope to be able to share some of the things that came out of the various teachings for us in the coming days. The best part was being able to join with people that share our love for Torah and our heartfelt need to draw ever closer to the Author and Creator of our faith. We were deeply touched by several people that we had a chance to share a bit of ourselves with during the busy conference schedule. We look forward to being able to hook up with them again some time in the future.

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