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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]
20 Sept / Elul 25/ Parashat Nitzavim-VaYelekh
25 Sept / Tishrei 1/ Rosh HaShanah
27 Sept / Tishrei 3/ Parashat Ha'azinu
28 Sept /Tishrei 4/ Tzom Gedaliah
04 Oct / Tishrei 10/ Yom Kippur
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

   [Roman Rite]
21 Sept / 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 Sept / 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
   [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

21 Sept / 15th Sunday after Pentecost
28 Sept / 16th 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.]


Links to more information for Christians on these important Jewish holy days...
Rosh Hashanah
| The Days of Awe | Yom Kippur
Download study sheets for groups and Parish newsletters, or read online...

Study Sheets available for Download

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Elul is called the “Month of Mercy” and “Month of Forgiveness” (Hodesh haRahamin vehaSelihot). It is a time for teshuvah (return) to God, to renew one’s efforts in prayer, Torah study and charity, and to seek forgiveness for transgression, especially against one’s fellows. More about the Jewish month of Elul

אלול | Elul

א.ל.ו.ל | Ani l’dodi v’dodi li | I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine (Song of Songs 6:3)

“Now is the time that all my thoughts should be directed towards my Beloved (God) then, my Beloved is also to me; my Beloved helps, assists, and cares for me” (The Aruch HaShulhan).

Ani l’dodi v’dodi li is an invitation to prayer—Service of the Heart—ha’avodah she’ba’lev. “What is service of the heart?” ask the rabbis. “It means prayer” (Ta’anit 2a).

Read more about the spirituality of Elul...





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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



ROSH HASHANAH (25 September)
YOM KIPPUR (4 October)
Download study/infomation sheets HERE:

Download link for study sheets for the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah, The Days of Awe and Yom Kippur


High Holy day Dates
(erev Rosh HaShanah falls Wednesday, September 24th)

The HIGH HOLY DAYS of the Jewish Liturgical Year
| 25th September
YOM KIPPUR | 4th October. The Days of Awe
With Rosh HaShanah begins the
Ten Days of Repentance,
the "Days of Awe" - Yamim Noraim,
which culminate with Yom Kippur (4th October.)


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Light of Torah provides weekly insights on the Torah in an easy to use format for parish study groups and individuals.

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    Last Site Update: 18 September, 2014 | 18 Elul, 5774
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