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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


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.


   [Jewish Cycle]
16 Aug / Av 20/ Parashat Ekev
23 Aug / Av 27/ Parashat Re'eh
30 Aug / Elul 4/ Parashat Shofetim
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

   [Roman Rite]
24 Aug / 21st Sunday in Ordinary Time
31 Aug / 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
   [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

24 Aug / 11th Sunday after Pentecost
31 Aug / 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

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


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


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for 2013-2014 | 5774-5775

Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5774 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2013–Advent 2014

...Read more about this Calendar HERE 

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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 month of Tishrei.

Tu B'Av is the 15th day of the month of Av, a minor holiday in the Jewish Calendar which brings to an end "The Three Weeks," a period of mourning which began with Tzom Tammuz (The 17th of Tammuz). It is perhaps because of this that the Tachanun (penitential prayers) are removed from the daily prayer on Tu B'Av [usually recited during the Shacharit (morning) service each day] and it is a practice not to give eulogies at funerals on Tu B'Av. Both traditions suggest the end to the mourning period.

The weeks that follow look forward to the days of preparation and repentance of Elul and Tishrei, ending with Yom Kippur. Liturgically the weekly haftarot readings (prophetical readings) change theme, moving from admonition to seven weeks of consolation before Rosh Hashanah.



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