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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



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.


26 May / Iyar 18 / Lag BaOmer
28 May / Iyar 20 / Parashat Behar
04 Jun / Iyar 27 / Parashat Behukotai
11 Jun / Sivan 5 / Parashat Bamidbar
12 Jun / Sivan 6 / Shavuot
18 Jun / Sivan 12 / Parashat Naso
25 Jun / Sivan 19 / Parashat Beha'alotkha
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

26 May / Body and Blood of Christ
29 May / 9th Sunday Ordinary Time
29 May / or Body and Blood of Christ
03 Jun / The Sacred Heart of Jesus   
05 Jun / 10th Sunday after Easter
12 Jun / 11th Sunday after Easter
19 Jun / 12th Sunday after Easter
24 Jun / Birth of John the Baptist 
26 Jun / 13th Sunday after Easter
29 Jun / Ss Peter and Paul, Apostles 
    [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

26 May / Body and Blood of Christ
29 May / 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
05 Jun / 3rd Sunday after Pentecost  
12 Jun / 4th Sunday after Pentecost   
19 Jun / 5th Sunday after Pentecost
26 Jun / 6th Sunday after Pentecost

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


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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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Jewish or Christian Feasts, Festivals and Events.]

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A Guide and Commentary

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Jewish Traditions

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Current events

22 MAY 2016 | 14 IYAR

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.

Today no one is able to fulfill the commandment of Korban Pesach because there is no longer a Temple or sacrificial cult. Therefore, Pesach Sheni is remembered as a memorial, some keeping the custom of eating matzah [unleavened bread].

An Hasidic philosophic approach to Pesach Sheni is found in the understaing of "second chances." God wants everyone to have the opportunity to profess their belief in the great significance of the Passover offering, which the Sefer Chinuch says is a sign of acceptance that our destiny is in the hands of God.



According 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.


12 JUNE – 06 SIVAN

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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