After the Fox: Still in Transition
Two months ago the world received notice that The Barking Fox is on the move. The relocation to North Carolina is complete, but our transition is still in progress. We set up housekeeping in Charlotte on September 4, and thanks to tremendous help from Pete Rambo and his family, we finished unpacking and had most of the place in order within a week. We had to get settled in a hurry so we could go to Virginia and see our oldest daughter married at the end of the month – just in time to prepare for the High Holy Days!
Even now the Fall Feasts are upon us. The sun is setting in Charlotte, which means the new Hebrew year 5777 is here. This weekend we enjoyed Shabbat with the Rambo family at their home in South Carolina, and with them entered into the season of Yom Teruah (the Feast of Trumpets, celebrated by our Jewish brethren as Rosh Hashanah). While there we joined with Tommy and Dorothy Wilson, fellow leaders of B’ney Yosef North America, in prayerfully planning our upcoming trip to Israel for Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) and the Second B’ney Yosef National Congress.
Our expectations are very high that this season will bring the climax to many of the prophetic events connected with Messiah’s return. Whether we will see Him coming this year is something no one can say for certain, but as we watch the signs of the times we can’t help but conclude that the current world order, which has been in place for 100 years, is rapidly giving way to something new. Although we cannot know exactly what we will encounter in Israel, we anticipate that as Ephraimite delegates from around the globe gather for the Congress, YHVH will provide direction for this coming year. Those of us who have blogs and other media outlets will be covering the events as best we can, so look for some exciting reports!
And after that? We will continue learning who we are as Hebrews awakening to our identity as part of the covenant people of YHVH. Our transition from Texas to North Carolina is part of that. In my book, Give Me A Place Where I May Dwell, I share thoughts about what it will take for us to develop this sense of being a people – Hebrews and Israelites of the House of Joseph/Ephraim who are preparing to be reunited with our brethren of Judah (the Jewish people) at the coming of Messiah Son of David. Here are some of those thoughts:
There are already many gatherings of like-minded believers at Sukkot in various places. This is a very good start, but it is time to consider how to transform these virtual communities into actual communities. That means many of us will have to relocate so that we can live near fellow Ephraimites. Initially this relocation and community building should happen in the lands we now call home. We should look for places where we can congregate as neighbors and learn to live together as a distinct people. Perhaps this means establishing new villages and towns in rural areas, or perhaps moving into neighborhoods in cities and suburbs where housing is available. When we look we will find many possibilities. The important thing is to look, to make a concerted effort to find one another, associate with one another, live next to one another, and together create the meaning of the Ephraimite people.
That is the purpose of our transition. Already we count ourselves part of a vibrant and growing Hebrew community in Western Carolina (the western counties of North and South Carolina). We were much blessed to be connected with similar communities in Texas and hope to remain connected with them. However, if we have heard YHVH correctly, our place at this particular time is in the Southeastern United States, and here we look forward to making a real contribution to the developing regional network of Hebrew communities.
This brings us to the fun part of this post. Our move from Texas to North Carolina was perhaps the easiest relocation we have ever had thanks to our God’s provision. The pictures below illustrate this transition through the eyes of our dog, Blue. This was a strange experience for her, but she seems to have come through it quite well and adjusted quickly to her new home.
L’shana tova from all of us to all of you!