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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]
31 May / Sivan 6 / Shavuot I
03 June / Sivan 9 / Parashat Naso
10 June / Sivan 16 / Parashat Beha'alotkha
17 June / Sivan 23 / Parashat Shelah Lekha
24 June / Sivan 30 / Parashat Korach, Rosh Chodesh
25 June / Tammuz 1 / Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
01 July / Tammuz 7 / Parashat Chukat
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

   [ROMAN RITE]
28 May / The Ascension of the Lord
28 May / 7th Sunday of Easter
04 June / Pentecost Sunday
11 June / Trinity Sunday
15 June / The Body and Blood of Christ
[In some places The Body and Blood of Christ may be transferred to Sunday, 18th June]
18 June / The Body and Blood of Christ or 11th Sunday Ordinary Time
23 June / The Sacred Heart of Jesus
25 June / 12th Sunday Ordinary Time
02 July / 13th Sunday Ordinary Time
    [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

   [RCL]
28 May / 7th Sunday of Easter
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
04 June / Day of Pentecost
11 June / Trinity Sunday
18 June / 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
25 June / 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
02 July / 4th Sunday after Pentecost

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

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[See Etz Hayim's glossaries for more information on
Jewish or Christian Feasts, Festivals and Events.]

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Learn more about the Jewish Festivals...
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The Jewish Holidays:
A Guide and Commentary

~Michael Strassfeld
The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary ~Michael Strassfeld

JPS Guide
Jewish Traditions

~Ronald. L. Eisenberg
JPS Guide: Jewish Traditions ~Ronald. L. EisenbergJPS Guide: Jewish Traditions ~Ronald. L. Eisenberg

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31 MAY – 06 SIVAN
SHAVUOT

The days of Counting the Omer [Sefirat Ha'Omer] conclude with the celebration of the Jewish festival of Shavuot.

Shavuot, falling on 6th Sivan is one of the three Jewish PILGRIMAGE feasts. Shavuot, also called Hag Hashavuot [שבועות חג] meaning “the Festival of Weeks,” has agricultural roots in the “first fruits” of the late harvest, and, in post Temple spirituality, spiritual links to the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Shavuot is often called Hag Matan Torateinu (The Festival of the Giving of Our Torah).

While Shavuot has harvest links it is, at the same time, a festival which has always incorporated an “encounter” spirituality. As with all three Pilgrim festivals this encounter was one in which all people who were able were required to participate. shavuot download Practically, this encounter between the person [nefesh|soul] and God took place at the altar of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The importance of the spiritual encounter with the LORD is only fully realized in the later transformation of Shavuot by the rabbis (after the loss of the Temple) into a festival which links the Exodus from Mitzrayim (The Passover) with the Gift of the Torah at Sinai.

Read more about SHAVUOT...

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PENTECOST
04 June 2017

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 New Testament 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).'Word and Spirit Word and Spirit | Torah and the Divine Presence

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).

Pentecost (Heb. Shavuot) arising as it does from its spiritual foundations in Judaism is rooted in the disciples’ understanding of their own tradition and scripture and the teachings of Jesus. Pentecost draws upon its roots in Judaism and Judaism's understanding of the Holy Spirit. Thus, in its early Pentecostal experience the Church experienced the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) and at other times as “a burning within” (Lk. 24:27, 32).

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R. Eliezer and R Joshua said: ‘We were sitting searching around in the words of the Torah from the Pentateuch to the Prophets, and from the Prophets to the Writings, and the words were as alive as when they were given from Mt. Sinai. And the fire shone around us as it shone from Mt. Sinai.’ (Jerusalem Talmud, Hagigah 2:1)

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LITURGICAL CALENDARS

FOR 2016–2017 5777–5778
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CALENDÁRIO LITÚRGICO JUDAICO—CRISTÃO
A VERSÃO EM PORTUGUÊS (DO BRASIL)

Weekly Readings
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