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
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.
APPROACHING WEEKS’ LITURGICAL CYCLES...
10 June / Sivan 30 / Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
11 June / Tammuz 1 / Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
12 June / Tammuz 2 / Parashat Korach
19 June / Tammuz 9 / Parashat Chukat
26 June / Tammuz 16 / Parashat Balak
27 June / Tammuz 17 / Tzom Tammuz
03 July / Tammuz 23 / Parashat Pinchas
[Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion) from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]
11 June / The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
13 June / 11th Sunday in Ordinary Time
20 June / 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 June / The Nativity of John the Baptist
27 June / 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
29 June / Ss Peter and Paul
04 July / 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
[Read a commentary on the gospel from
Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]
13 June / 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
20 June / 4th Sunday after Pentecost
27 June / 5th Sunday after Pentecost
04 July / 6th 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).
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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JEWISH and CHRISTIAN
(FOR 2020–2021 Jewish Year 5781–5782)
A VERSÃO EM PORTUGUÊS (DO BRASIL)
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5781 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2020–Advent 2021...
TZOM TAMMUZ | 27 JUNE
THE TREE WEEKS
27TH JUNE – 18TH JULY
17 Tammuz – 9 AV
Tzom Tammuz (“tzom” means “fast”) is associated with many calamitous dates in Jewish history. On this day Jews fast, refrain from joyous celebrations, observe special prayers and Torah readings. It is on this day that the “Three Weeks,” a period of mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples begins. The “Three Weeks” come to an end with the fast of Tisha B'Av (The 9th of Av). Read more...
HAFTAROT OF ADMONITION
The Haftarot of Admonition are the haftarah portions which are read during the three weeks preceding Tisha B'Av. Their designation, Haftarot of Admonition [or Affliction], derives from the Period known since Rabbinic times as “bein ha-metzarim” (Between the Breaches) a time of mourning which remembers the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the time of the first Temple. [Bein ha-metzarim is a phrase taken from Lamentations 1:3, “All her pursuers overtook her in the narrow places.”]
TISHA B'AV | 18 JULY
TISHA B’AV —the 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.
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.
TU B'AV | 24 JULY
TU B’AV —the 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...