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We welcome you to worship and learn with us at Bet Shalom Messianic Congregation.

We gather together weekly for Hebraic worship, Biblical teaching from the Hebrew perspective, Messianic Dance and caring fellowship.

We look forward to seeing you!
Rabbi Amnon & Rebbetzin Lynette Shor

SATURDAY SHABBAT SERVICES

Messianic Lifestyle Class - 2 PM
In the Oneg Hall
Shabbat Service - 4 PM
In the Sanctuary
Oneg after Shabbat Service
In the Oneg Hall

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101 W Clinton Avenue
Fresno CA 93705

between Palm and Fruit Avenues
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5132 N Palm Avenue PMB 101
Fresno, CA 93704

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TU B’SHVAT

THE NEW YEAR FOR THE TREES

Tu B’Shvat is on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat. This holiday is not mentioned in the Torah, however it is a day observed in Israel. Its primary significance is a point in time for calculating the age of trees.  In ancient times, Tu B’Shvat became the date that was established in the community of Israel for the purpose of calculating the age of trees for tithing. Leviticus 19:23-25 gives the instructions:

“When you enter the land and plant various kinds of fruit trees, you are to regard its fruit as forbidden – for three years it will be forbidden to you and not eaten. In the fourth year all its fruit will be holy, for praising Adonai. But in the fifth year, you may eat its fruit, so that it will produce even more for you; I am Adonai your God.”

In the San Joaquin Valley, this is the season when bare-root trees are planted and we look forward to the time when the tree produces leaves, buds and then fruit. This year we might want to look at this minor holiday with that in mind.

When applying Tu B’Shvat to our personal lives we understand that we are the planting of the Lord. We are reminded that we are planted and cultivated in the Lord’s field, we are rooted in Yeshua the Messiah, and we are watered by His Word. The increase is Adonai’s responsibility.

Psalms 1 come to mind when thinking of this New Year:

“Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. The ungodly are not so, but are like the chaff which the wind drives away.  Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.  For the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the ungodly shall perish.”

And from Jeremiah 17:7-8:

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes, but its leaf will be green and will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

As Adonai will use the seasons on the agricultural calendar to establish, prepare and promote growth for the trees in the upcoming season, so will He use the circumstances of our lives to prepare us for the next season. He may be developing understanding or preparing us with new strength by resting in Him. He may also be giving a much needed time to learn more of His infinite love while sitting at His feet. Whatever challenges are at hand, know that our loving Abba has prepared this time for us to be ready for the coming spring season of growth in Him.

We want to be like these trees… planted by the rivers of God’s waters, nourished by Him and bringing forth the fruit that is pleasing to our Abba.