WHAT IS OUR NAME? Etz H’Chayim translates from the Hebrew language as “The Tree of Life.”It appears in the Bible roughly ten times. Though there are several figurative meanings it best known as Living Word. “It first appears in the Bible in Genesis 2:9 when man (male and female) are in the Garden of Eden. Proverbs records in 3:17-19 the Tree of Life as the wisdom of Torah. “Her ways are pleasant ways. And all her paths are peace. She is a tree of life to those who take hold of her, and happy are all who hold her fast. The LORD by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens.” In Judaism, Etz Chayim itself represents the Torah, or instructions. Believers in Yeshua HaMashiach refer to him as the Tree of Life. Yeshua is seed, root, trunk, branches and fruit. All who believe him to be Messiah receive life abundantly. As it relates to our community, Etz Chayim is the “Tree of Lives.” WHY THE NAME ETZ H’CHAYIM? How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Psalm 1:2-4 A tree requires several things to grow and flourish. A solid root system, proper watering, sufficient sunlight and cultivating pruning from time to time. At Etz H’Chayim our desire is to flourish spiritually and physically. We ground ourselves in the full counsel of God’s holy word. We seek Holy Spirit to pour out the refreshing water of life. We demonstrate the love and power of salvation in the begotten Son. We expect and accept correction for fruitfulness to abound. We hope to be the Lord’s planting in the earth always reflecting Him in all we are and in all we do. THE FAMILY TREE “Seasons in life do not define you, but they will refine you.” Yisrael Ben Avraham We are a vibrant international community living to reflect our original identity as the “image and likeness” of Eternal Father through His only begotten Son, Yeshua HaMashiach. Our core mission is to engage and participate through the Anointed One and His Anointing, by first embracing His love and secondly, promoting lifelong learning. We seek to serve as a bridge between the Lord’s Hebraic biblical heritage and the global community. As a learning resource center with students around the world we present a Hebraic position to include Torah observance while accepting the revelation of Yeshua, the Messiah. We do this through ongoing learning communities, books, study programs, seminars, conferences and guided Israel tours. Our aim is to help renew the believer's faith, by encouraging discipleship, and the whole Word of God.