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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]
19 May / Sivan 01 / Rosh Chodesh Sivan
23 May / Sivan 06 / Parashat Bamidbar
23 May / Sivan 07 / Shavuot I
23 May / Sivan 12 / Shavuot II
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

   [ROMAN RITE]
24 May / Pentecost Sunday
31 May / Trinity Sunday
   [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

   [RCL]
24 May / Day of Pentecost
31 May / Trinity Sunday
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

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

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24 MAY 2015

PENTECOST [in Christianity]

Christianity, arising as it does from its Jewish spiritual foundations, draws upon its roots in Judaism in order to articulate it's understandings.

More about Pentecost...Download this Pentecost and Christianity Study Page

It is in the early Pentecost experience of the Church that a Christian understanding of Jesus’ divinity and presence with the Church can begin to emerge communicated in and through the Holy Spirit who is experienced at Pentecost as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) and at other times as “a burning within” (Lk. 24:27, 32).

A Christian understanding of Pentecost is rooted in the disciples’ understanding of tradition and scripture and the teaching of Jesus.

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Jewish or Christian Feasts, Festivals and Events.]

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JEWISH and CHRISTIAN
LITURGICAL CALENDARS

for 2014-2015 | 5775-5776

CALENDÁRIO LITÚRGICO JUDAICO—CRISTÃO
A VERSÃO EM PORTUGUÊS (DO BRASIL)

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Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5775 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2014–Advent 2015
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The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar 2014-2015/5775-5776

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COUNTING THE OMER
SEFIRAT HAOMER

barley

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.

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Approaching Dates

SHAVUOT | 24 MAY – 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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