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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.
Note. The Jewish readings given are those read in the Jewish diaspora and will sometimes vary from those read in Israel.

APPROACHING WEEKS’ LITURGICAL CYCLES...

   [JEWISH CYCLE]
23 July / 24 Tammuz / Parashat Pinchas
29 July / 1 Av / Rosh Chodesh Av
30 July / 2 Av / Parashat Matot-Masei
06 August / 9 Av / Parashat Devarim
06 August / 9 Av / erev Tisha B'Av
07 August / 10 Av / Tisha B'Av
12 August / 15 Av / Tu B'Av
13 August / 16 Av / Parashat Va'etchanan
20 August / 23 Av / Parashat Ekev
27 August / 30 Av / Parashat Re'eh
28 August / 1 Elul / Rosh Chodesh Elul
03 September / 7 Elul / Parashat Shofetim
10 September / 14 Elul / Parashat Ki Tetze
17 September / 21 Elul / Parashat Ki Tavo
24 September / 28 Elul / Parashat Nitzavim
25 September / 29 Elul / erev Rosh HaShanah
26 September / 1 Tishrei / Rosh HaShanah I
27 September / 2 Tishrei / Rosh HaShanah II
28 September / 3 Tishrei / Tzom Gedaliah
01 October / 6 Tishrei / Parashat VaYelekh
04 October / 9 Tishrei / erev Yom Kippur
05 October / 10 Tishrei / Yom Kippur

[Read a commentary on the parashah (Torah potion) from
Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.
Readings for the above dates availabe HERE ]

   [ROMAN RITE]
24 July / 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time
31 July / 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
06 August / The Transfiguration of the Lord
07 August / 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 August / 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
15 August / The Assumption of the BVM
21 August / 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
28 August / 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
04 September / 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
11 September / 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time
14 September / Exultation of the Holy Cross
18 September / 25th Sunday in Ordinary Time
25 September / 26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
02 October / 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time
09 October / 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time

[Read a commentary on the gospel from
Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.
Readings for the above dates available HERE]

   [RCL]
24 July / 7th Sunday after Pentecost
31 July / 8th Sunday after Pentecost
07 August / 9th Sunday after Pentecost
14 August / 10th Sunday after Pentecost
21 August / 11th Sunday after Pentecost
28 August / 12th Sunday after Pentecost
04 September / 13th Sunday after Pentecost
11 September / 14th Sunday after Pentecost
14 September / Holy Cross
18 September / 15th Sunday after Pentecost
25 September / 16th Sunday after Pentecost
02 October / 17th Sunday after Pentecost
09 October / 18th Sunday after Pentecost

[Readings for the above dates available HERE]

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The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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75TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE SEELISBERG CONFERENCE
30 JULY - 5 AUGUST

In the aftermath of WWII, Jewish and Christian Theologians gathered in Seelisberg, Switzerland, for an "International Conference on Antisemitism."

The "Ten Theses of Seelisberg" and the formation of the International Council of Christians and Jews at this conference has inspired great changes in Christian attitudes and understanding towards Jews and Judaism, resulting in productive and flourishing growth in Jewish-Christian relations, dialogue and understanding.

To mark the 75th anniversary of the Seelisberg Conference and ICCJ's foundation, special editions of the ICCJ newsletter will be sent out every two weeks till the 5th of August each with a pair of short essays reflecting "Seelisberg".

More information HERE from ICCJ website.

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THE ASSUMPTION of THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
15 AUGUST

The solemnity of the Assumption of Mary commemorates her departure from this life, assumed body and soul into heaven. The origin of this belief rests in the faith traditions of the Early Church. The doctrine was defined in 1950. The Assumption of Mary is celebrated as the Dormition in Eastern Orthodox Churches.

 

 

 

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TISHA B'AV | 7 AUGUST | 10 AV

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.

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TU B'AV | 12 AUGUST | 15 AV

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...

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HAFTAROT OF CONSOLATION

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 | 26 September | 1 Tishrei
The HIGH HOLY DAYS of the Jewish Liturgical Year
YOM KIPPUR | 05 October | 10 Tishrei. The Days of Awe

The Ten Days of Repentance,
including the "Days of Awe" - Yamim Noraim,
begin with Rosh HaShanah (1st Tishrei / 26 September)
and culminate with Yom Kippur

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THE MONTH OF ELUL

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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