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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



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.


10 July / Av 1 / Parashat Matot-Masei
17 July / Av 8 / Parashat Devarim
17 July / Av 8 / erev Tisha B'Av
18 July / Av 9 / Tisha B'Av
24 July / Av 15 / Parashat Va'etchanan
24 July / Av 15 / Tu B'Av
31 July / Av 22 / Parashat Ekev
7 August / Av 29 / Parashat Re'eh
08 August / Av 30 / Rosh Chodesh Elul
09 August / Elul 1 / Rosh Chodesh Elul
14 August / Elul 6 / Parashat Shofetim
21 August / Elul 13 / Parashat Ki Tetze
28 August / Elul 20 / Parashat Ki Tavo
04 September / Elul 27 / Parashat Nitvavim
06 September / Elul 29 /erev Rosh HaShanah
[Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion) from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

25 July / 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
01 August / 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
01 August / 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06 August / The Transfiguration of the Lord
08 August / 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 August / The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
22 August / 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
29 August / 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
05 September / 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
12 September / 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 September / Exultation of the Holy Cross
19 September / 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

25 July / 9th Sunday after Pentecost
01 August / 10th Sunday after Pentecost
08 August / 11th Sunday after Pentecost
15 August / 12th Sunday after Pentecost
22 August / 13th Sunday after Pentecost
29 August / 14th Sunday after Pentecost
05 September / 15th Sunday after Pentecost
12 September / 16th Sunday after Pentecost
14 September / Holy Cross
19 September / 17th Sunday after Pentecost

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

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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The fiftieth day after the Resurrection of Jesus (on Easter Sunday), Pentecost remembers the manifestation of the Spirit in the community of his disciples, and celebrates the continued presence of the Spirit of God within the Church. The fifty days from Easter resurrection to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day, or one great Sunday, days, above all other days, for singing Alleluia (Pope Paul VI, 1969).alt="Word and Spirit | Torah and the Divine Presence"

The NT reading for Pentecost from Acts (2:1-11) relates that the Holy Spirit was experienced by the gathered community as “fire.” Luke's gospel also relates the physical experience of the divine presence when Jesus' exegesis of the scriptures “from the Pentateuch to the Prophets” was the means by which “their hearts burned within” (Lk. 24:27, 32).

At Pentecost they were gathered together "and suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...." (Acts 2:22-4).

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(FOR 2020–2021 Jewish Year 5781–5782)



Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5781 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2020–Advent 2021

The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar download



TISHA B’AVthe Ninth day of the month of Av— is one of four Jewish fast days mentioned by Zechariah (8:19) which mourn the catastrophic destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem. Tisha B’Av is a major fast day with the restrictions matching the fast of Yom Kippur.Tisha B'Av Study sheet link

According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6) Tisha B’Av has traditionally been associated with the destruction of both Temples—by the Babylonians (586 BCE) and again by the Romans (70 CE). Midrash also associates other catastrophic events in Jewish history with the date, the Ninth of Av.




Following Tisha B'Av [the 9th day of the month of Av] the haftarah readings turn to “consolation” with a series of seven haftarah portions which connect mourning for the Temple with The Days of Awe. Four of the Haftarah of Consolation occur during the month of Elul and immediately precede The Days of Awe which begin with the first day of the month of Tishrei, Rosh HaShanah.

This year's dates...

ROSH HASHANAH | 7 September... and
The HIGH HOLY DAYS of the Jewish Liturgical Year
YOM KIPPUR | 16 September. The Days of Awe

The Ten Days of Repentance,
including the "Days of Awe" - Yamim Noraim,
begin with Rosh HaShanah (1st Tishrei / 79 September)
and culminate with Yom Kippur (10th Tishrei / 16th September.)



TU B’AVthe fifteenth day of the month of Av— is a minor Jewish holiday. In modern times Tu B'Av is associated with love. The ancient rabbis, however, sought to find meaning in the celebratons. Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel is quoted as saying, "There is no better days for the people of Jerusalem than the Fifteenth of Av and Yom Kippur, since on these days the daughters of Israel go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards" (Ta'anit 4.8).

Read more about Tu B'Av in rabbinic associations...



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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