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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 April / 22 Nisan / Pesach VIII Shabbat
28 April / 27 Nisan / Yom HaShoah
30 April / 29 Nisan / Parashat Aharei Mot
30 April / 29 Nisan / Parashat Aharei Mot
01 May / 30 Nisan / Rosh Chodesh Iyar
02 May / 1 Iyar / Rosh Chodesh Iyar
04 May / 3 Iyar / Yom HaZikaron
05 May / 4 Iyar / Yom Ha'Atzmaut
07 May / 6 Iyar / Parashat Kedoshim
14 May / 13 Iyar / Parashat Emor
15 May / 14 Iyar / Pesach Sheini
19 May / 18 Iyar / Lag Ba'Omer
21 May / 20 Iyar / Parashat Behar
28 May / 27 Iyar / Parashat Bechukotai
31 May / 1 Sivan / Rosh Chodesh Sivan
04 June / 5 Sivan / Parashat Bamidbar

[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 April / 2nd Sunday of Easter
01 May / 3rd Sunday of Easter
08 May / 4th Sunday of Easter
15 May / 5th Sunday of Easter
22 May / 6th Sunday of Easter
26 May / The Ascension
[The Ascension may be celebrated on The 7th Sunday of Easter in some places]
29 May / 7th Sunday of Easter
05 June / Pentecost Sunday

[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 April / 2nd Sunday of Easter
01 May / 3rd Sunday of Easter
08 May / 4th Sunday of Easter
15 May / 5th Sunday of Easter
22 May / 6th Sunday of Easter
26 May / The Ascension of the Lord
[The Ascension may be celebrated on The 7th Sunday of Easter in some places]
29 May / 7th Sunday of Easter
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
05 June / Day of 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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COUNTING THE OMER
SEFIRAT HAOMER

barleyAccording to the Torah the days between Passover and Shavuot are to be counted (Lev. 23:15-16; Deut. 16:15-16). These 49 days of counting, which relate to the offering of an omer of barley, (called in Hebrew Sefirat Ha'Omer) are likened to a connecting thread between the Passover from Mitzrayim [Egypt] and the Giving of the Torah at Sinai.

Read more about Sefirat HaOmer...

LAG BA'OMER
18th day of Counting the Omer

19 MAY - 18 IYAR
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PASSOVER AND THE LAST SUPPER

Each year the March equinox determines the days when two religious faiths celebrate a great feast in their respective liturgical calendars. Each feast has a common root in the deep religious understanding that God intervenes in the experience of humanity in profound ways...
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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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15 April–23 APRIL | 14 NISAN–22 NISAN
PESACH - PASSOVER | פֶּסַח

The Jewish festival of Passover [Pesach] begins at sundown on the evening of 15th April.
Read more about Pesach HERE.

[Download PASSOVER STUDY INFORMATION sheets and PARISH NEWSLETTER inserts by clicking on the images below.]

Download Passover Study Sheet Parish Newsletter insert for Passover
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YOM HASHOAH
THURSDAY 28 APRIL | 27 Nisan

Yom HaShoah ( יום השואה ) is a national day of remembrance in Israel, also marked in Jewsih Communities around the world, which honors the 6 million who died in The Shoah (Holocaust) and also those who participated in the Jewish Resistance during the Nazi period. The official name of the day is:

Yom HaShoah veHagevurah
Day of the Catastrophe/Devastation and Herosim -
יום לשואה ולגבורה

The CENTRAL THEME of Yom HaShoah 2022 is
“Restoring Their Identities - the Fate of the Individual during the Holocaust” [Follow LINK]
The Central Theme for Yom HaShoah 2022. Transports to Extinction: The Deportation of the Jews during the Holocaust. Image. Deportation of Jews from Bielefeld, Germany, to the Riga Ghetto, Latvia, December 13, 1941

Education materials for teachers and educators is available from The International School for Holocaust Studies [follow LINK].

Yom HaShoah is both a national memorial day and a public holiday in Israel and is celebrated each year on the 27th day of Nisan. It falls just eight days before Yom HaZikaron (the national memorial day for Israel's soldiers). On Yom HaShoah places of entertainment close and work ceases.

On erev Yom HaShoah, at a State Ceremony at Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Center in Jerusalem, the national flag is lowered to half mast while survivors light six candles (in remembrane of the 6 million who died). The next morning, at 10:00 am, sirens sound throughout the country for two minutes and the whole country comes to a halt to stand in silence in tribute to the dead.

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15 May | 14 IYAR
PESACH SHEINI

Pesach Sheni, meaning 2nd Passover, is a minor observance instituted for those who, because of reasons associated with the laws of ritual purity, were unable to celebrate Passover on 14th Nisan. Celebrated on the 14th day of Iyyar, Pesach Sheni is mentioned in the Torah [Num. 9:1-14] and makes allowance for those who being ritually impure could not participate in the Passover sacrifice of the lamb, Korban Pesach, and so were unable to fulfill the mitzvah [commandment] of Passover.

   
           
           
           
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