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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

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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.

APPROACHING WEEKS’ LITURGICAL CYCLES...

   [JEWISH CYCLE]
11 December / Tevet 7 / Parashat Vayigash
14 December / Tevet 10 / Asara B'Tevet
18 December / Tevet 14 / Parashat Vayechi
25 December / Tevet 21 / Parashat Shemot
01 January / Tevet 28 / Parashat Vaera
08 January / Shevat 06 / Parashat Bo
15 January / Shevat 13 / Parashat Beshalach
17 January / Shevat 15 / Tu B'Shvat
22 January / Shevat 20 / Parashat Yitro
29 January / Shevat 27 / Parashat Mishpatim
05 February / 1 Adar 4 / Parashat Terumah
[Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion) from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [ROMAN RITE]
08 December / The Immaculate Conception of the BVM
12 December / 3rd Sunday in Advent
19 December / 4th Sunday in Advent
25 December / The Nativity of the Lord, Christmas Day
26 December / The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
01 January 2022/ Mary, Mother of God
02 January / 2nd Sunday after Chritmas or Epiphany [Use readings for Epiphany if celebrating Epiphany this Sunday.]
06 January / Epiphany
09 January / Baptism of the Lord
16 January / 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
23 January / 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
30 January / 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [RCL]
12 December / 3rd Sunday in Advent
19 December / 4th Sunday in Advent
25 December / The Nativity of the Lord
26 December/ 1st Sunday after Christmas
01 January / Holy Name of Jesus
01 January / New Years Day
02 January / 2nd Sunday after Christmas
06 January / Epiphany
16 January / 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
23 January / 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
30 January / 4th Sunday after Epiphany

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


The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
[PAID LINKS - follow LINKS for detailed book information at Amazon]

 

 

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15TH OF THE MONTH OF SHEVAT
NEW YEAR FOR TREES
[28 JANUARY]

Tu BShevat is one of four Jewish New Years. The holiday is connected to the practice of tithing and the establishment of the “legal” age of a tree in order to determine when the fruit should be tithed and when one could eat the produce. Read more...

Pomegranate fruit

Tu B'Shevat (the word Tu is “15” written in Hebrew “טו”) falls near the beginning of spring after the bulk of the winter rains have fallen and trees are in bud with new growth and fertility.Tu B'Shevat (the word Tu is “15” written in Hebrew “טו”) falls near the beginning of spring after the bulk of the winter rains have fallen and trees are in bud with new growth and fertility.

The holiday is celebrated is different ways.
* Many eat fruit of the land, especially that of the “seven species” grown in Israel.
* New year for trees is also a time to focus on planting trees or raising money to plant trees, especially in Israel.
* In the 17th Century the Kaballists of Safed established a special seder which focused on the esoteric meaning to be found in the biblical statement, “Man is like the tree in the field” (Deut. 20:19). The practice spread among Sephardim and later to Ashkenazim who may celebrate a special seder modelled on the Passover seder on Tu B'Shevat.

Tu B'Shevat is not mentioned in the Torah but is found in the Mishnah in the context of establishing the correct date.

“There are four ‘new year’ days... the First of Shevat is the new year for trees, according to the ruling of Beit Shammai; Beit Hillel, says, the fifteenth of that month.” (Mishnah. Rosh Hashanah 1:1)

   
           
           
           
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