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Etz Hayim—"Tree of Life" exists to promote Christian-Jewish relations and dialogue, and a joint biblical, spiritual and liturgical self-consciousness and cooperation.

As Christians, we cannot consider Judaism as a foreign religion; nor do we include the Jews among those called to turn from idols and to serve the true God (cf. 1 Thes 1:9). With them, we believe in the one God who acts in history, and with them we accept his revealed word...

—Pope Francis, Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium
24 Nov. 2013. Read the Document HERE


Jewish and Christian
Liturgical Readings

The readings list provided by Etz Hayim—"Tree of Life" follows the Torah Portion of the Week (Parashat Hashavuah) read by Jews every Sabbath, and the readings for Masses and Sunday liturgies used throughout the Christian world.


   [Jewish Cycle]
09 Oct – 15 Oct / Tishrei 15–21 / Sukkot
16 Oct / Tishrei 22 / Shemini Atzeret
17 Oct / Tishrei 23 / Simchat Torah
18 Oct / Tishrei 24/ Parashat Bereshit
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

   [Roman Rite]
19 Oct / 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

19 Oct / 19th Sunday after Pentecost

[LINK HERE to Liturgical Readings citations
for the dates above]


[See Etz Hayim's glossaries for more information on
Jewish or Christian Feasts, Festivals and Events.]


Scripture through Torah
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for 2014-2015 | 5775-5776

Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5775 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2014–Advent 2015

The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar 2014-2015/5775-5776




At the conclusion of the festival of Sukkot there are two holidays, Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah. Shemini Atzeret, the “assembly of the eighth day,” is celebrated at the end of Sukkot (after the seventh day.) In Israel, and for Liberal Jews, these are celebrated on the same day. For other Jews throughout the diaspora (where holidays are observed over two days) Simchat Torah is celebrated on the second day of Shemini Atzeret.

A Rabbinic midrash says that God desired one more day of intimacy with Israel and said to them, “Your departure is difficult for me. Stay with me one more day.” Shemini Atzeret is not a part of Sukkot but a separate holiday in it's own right.

On Shemini Atzeret the prayer for rain, teffilat geshem, is inserted in the second blessing of the Amidah prayer, replacing the prayer for dew recited since the beginning of Passover.


SIMCHAt TORAH (17 October)

Simchat Torah—the “Time of Rejoicing in the Torah,” follows Shemini Atzeret. It is a time of celebration when the liturgical reading cycle of the Torah comes to an end and a new cycle begins again (with Genesis 1:1, Parashat Bereshit).

Links to more information for Christians on SUKKOT...
Download study sheets for groups and Parish newsletters, or read online...

Study Sheets available for Download Sukkot newletter insert

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