Solomon and the baby… today!

This is yofi (Heb. for beautiful)! This shows our interconnectedness as a people and demonstrates how the Father encourages us that we are listening and following His lead.


IMG-20161015-WA0003I woke with a jolt, realizing that I did not know where I was. The sheets and pillow felt different in the darkened room.  The sounds were all wrong. I lay motionless, frozen, waiting for the fog to lift from my mind as my eyes glanced around the room in an attempt to orient myself.

At the same time, strangely, the story of Solomon, the two harlots and the baby was playing in the corners of my awareness. Slowly, I began to recall my surroundings.  Kelly and I had fallen into bed exhausted the night before from hours of travel and late arrival at Tzemach’s guest house in Giv’at Ye’arim, Israel.  It was Shabbat morning and we were again in the Land of the Patriarchs!

But, why Solomon? I pondered before slowly getting out of bed to stand on the outer porch with a cup of hot tea to listen…

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

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**Update:  As of 4/21/2018, 21 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…

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

Thank you Pete for reblogging this so I can reblog it! What a beautiful picture that Silas took of Ephraim and Rimona! That is quite a touching photo! It truly tells the story of a couple who have placed their lives in His hand!


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 2ndWorld 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…

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The Village Zikaron Ya’acov, Israel – A Gastric Experience: Breakfast at the NILI Restaurant

Before we went to the Aaronsohn House Museum, we thought that it would be appropriate to go to the NILI Restaurant since we will be learning about the spy organization of the same name.  Have you ever had a breakfast like this in the West?  I think in the USA we need to learn how to eat properly.  At every breakfast in Israel you get a salad.   Below you will see two egg dishes.  Reyyna had an omelet and I had shakshuka (A Sefardic egg dish in tomato sauce with feta cheese) and of course, the artisan whole grain bread was amazing!  Listen below to my audio blog about our experience.


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“Ten Parts in the King” Book Signing in Greenville, SC

The above 2 pics are from the outside of M. Judson Booksellers in Greenville, SC.   Now this wasn’t just any kind of book signing for the co-authors are very close friends of ours!  Pete Rambo and Al McCarn finally saw the fruit of their labor as they now have books in hand and ready to distribute!

Pete Rambo and Al McCarn speaking about their book “Ten Parts in the King”.

Pete and Al did an excellent job introducing the book.  Here they are sharing about those details at the book signing.

So what is the book about?  I’m glad you asked.   The book is about the separation of the Kingdom of Israel into 2 nations and the eventual restoration.   The book also highlights the manifestation of the 2 witnesses (Ephraim and Judah) coming into focus in these last days.  You will be provoked to think deeply when you read about an insight I’ve never heard addressed concerning the House of David.  Sorry, I left you in mystery.  It’s all in the book!

David Altman of Key of David Publishing introducing Pete Rambo and Al McCarn.

“Ten Parts in the King” is published by Key of David Publishing.   David Altman, pictured above, has been commissioned by Angus and Batya Wooten to carry on the work they started at Key of David Publishing.  Brothers and sisters pay attention to Key of David Publishing,  there are some exciting projects in the works besides “Ten Parts in the King”.

Pete and Al signing purchased books at M. Judson booksellers in Greenville, SC.

So where can I purchase these books?   They are available at 2 locations either or  As well as getting a copy for yourself,  these would be excellent gifts to friends who are beginning to ask questions about their connection to the land and people of Israel.

Blessings to all,

Tzefanyah ben Yochanon

Chazak Chazak v’nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!


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A Hidden Treasure: Jefferson College at Pilot View in Winchester, KY

The above photo is of Jefferson College at Pilot View downloaded from a previous email.

You might ask, so what does a College in Winchester, Kentucky have anything to do with me when I don’t live near there?    My short answer is everything!

The picture below is a plaque on the wall when this educational facility first opened (1950) as a public elementary school.


Below is an artist’s rendition (in pencil) of the school.


One of the many courses that will be offered at Jefferson College teaches how to study the Bible.  Most have never been taught how to truly study Scripture.  The opportunity to take courses online will also be available.  A variety of other courses (e.g. vocational skills) could be offered as well.

To be specific, in the near future the College has some very exciting projects in store:

– A number of teaching topics have been identified and prioritized for filming as soon as the studio is complete. This includes a new weekly series with Ken Rank, aptly named, “One Rank Moment.”   (We saw the studio.  It is very close to completion.)

– A number of topics pertaining to procedure and methodology in study, developed by Frank Houtz, will become available for download

– An audio recording studio is on the horizon that will allow the musically inclined to record, but also give those affiliated with KCEC a place to do quality podcasts and even radio shows

My wife and I recently traveled to Jefferson College to volunteer (approx 310 mi. drive).   We helped to document books that were donated to the library.  The library is a treasure in and of itself!!  As I was documenting, I came across this book (pic below).


I could not believe I had this in my hands!  The book is about the Wilna Gaon (the “W” is pronounced like a “V”).   He was known as a child prodigy of the Torah and Talmud in a village called Wilna in Lithuania.   In fact, the word “gaon” means genius.  Later in life, he wrote about the gathering of all 12 Tribes to the Land of Israel.   The Wilna Gaon was also known as the Rabbi Eliyahu of Wilna.  He was truly ahead of his time!  I must say, I was tempted to sit down in one of the big comfy chairs and have a good read right then and there!  But, we were on a mission to get as many of these books documented so that others could organize them on the shelves.

Please consider volunteering at Jefferson College in any way you can.  The library is high priority at this time because the school wants to have a check-out process implemented as soon as possible.  If you cannot come and physically volunteer,  you might consider donating funds to help pay for electricity, gas, and mantainence expenses.  Any amount you can give, would be greatly appreciated.  The Kentucky Convenant Education Corporation is a tax deductible non-profit.  I have great respect for Frank Houtz and Ken Rank who are two of the leaders/teachers at the college.  Both are working hard to get the college fully operational so that it can be a blessing to the local and broader community.

Checks may be sent to:

Kentucky Covenant Education Corp.
7501 Ironworks Road
Winchester, Kentucky 40391

Or donations can be sent by Paypal to the following email address:


The last 2 pics are looking down opposite ends of the hall.  We were so involved in documenting books at the library that I forgot to take a picture of it.  Perhaps on the next trip there we’ll provide pictures of the library.  Better yet, maybe you can!


Blessings to all,

Tzefanyah ben Yochanon

Chazak Chazak v’nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!
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Thoughts on the movie “Woodlawn” and Billy Graham’s influence on the Civil Rights movement

Quote at the beginning of the movie “Woodlawn”.

“Darkness does not drive out darkness only light can do that.   Hate cannot drive out hate only love can do that.”   Martin Luther King, Jr.

My brother Al McCarn shared with me about his recent visit to the Billy Graham museum in Charlotte, NC.  Yesterday, I watched the 2015 movie called “Woodlawn”.  It is the true story about Birmingham, Alabama football star Tony Nathan (a dark brown young man) and the transformation that took place at Woodlawn High School.  Nearly all of the football team gave their life to Messiah (Christ) after a gospel message given to them by Hank whose life was transformed in Texas at a Billy Graham event when the message of love and peace invaded his life.   At the end of the movie, they had an actual clip of Billy Graham speaking.   And then it hit me, the Jesus Revolution of the late 60’s and early 70’s busted down the racial divide and brought love and peace to all colors of people.  In this Jesus Revolution, Billy Graham had a major role to play.   Racial tensions were high at Woodlawn High School during the beginnings of forced integration or desegregation.   But, the football team became a living example of God’s love for each us through Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ His Son).  One of the most powerful parts of the movie was seeing the head football coach Tandy Gerelds walk into a church filled with dark brown faces.  Here, he wept and shared how he accepted Christ and how Tony Nathan and other football players were instrumental for him to make that decision.  He asked to be baptized that morning in the church.   Could it be that we in Ephraim have lost this message of love and mutual respect for one another?  Do we subjugate people through control and manipulation (The adversary can provide plenty of resources to do this!) so that our way of thinking can reign supreme?   My brothers Ken Rank and Hanoch Young are leading another “revolution”.   Is this “Revolution of Restoration” the next wave to bring Ephraim back to the place of love and harmony with others in Ephraim?   This forced desegregation was used by our Heavenly Father to till the ground and make ready for the seed of the Gospel message in public schools throughout the South.   Is the B’ney Yosef National Shabbat a type of “spiritual desegregation” to push us to the place of love, acceptance, and mutual respect?  Many will continue to walk the path of forcing their doctrines upon others.   Yet, despite the detractors along the way the transforming love of Yeshua will usher in a new wave of a “Revolution of Restoration” that will change the world!  Will you walk with me?  This is what I believe to be one of our first steps on our journey back home to Israel.

Chazak Chazak v’nitchazek
Let us be strong, let us be strong and let us
strengthen (encourage) one another!

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