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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.


05 May / Nisan 27/ Yom HaShoah
07 May / Nisan 29 / Parashat Aharei Mot
07 May / Nisan 29 /   Shabbat Machar Chodesh
08 May / Nisan 30 / Rosh Chodesh Iyar
09 May / Iyar 01 / Rosh Chodesh Iyar
11 May / Iyar 03 / Yom HaZikaron
12 May / Iyar 04 / Yom HaHaatzma'ut
14 May / Iyar 06 / Parashat Kedoshim
21 May / Iyar 13 / Parashat Emor
26 May / Iyar 18 / Lag BaOmer
28 May / Iyar 20 / Parashat Behar
04 May / Iyar 27 / Parashat Behukotai

  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute or Light of Torah.]

05 May / The Ascension
08 May / 7th Sunday after Easter or Ascension
15 May / Pentecost Sunday
22 May / Trintiy Sunday
26 May / Body and Blood of Christ
29 May / 9th Sunday Ordinary Time
29 May / or Body and Blood of Christ
05 June / 10th Sunday after Easter    
[Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

05 May / The Ascension
08 May / 7th Sunday of Easter or Ascension
15 May / Day of Pentecost
22 May / Trintiy Sunday
26 May / Body and Blood of Christ
29 May / 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
05 June / 3rd Sunday after Pentecost    

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



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Current events

5 MAY 2016 | 27 NISAN
YOM HASHOAH | יום השואה

Yom HaShoah ( יום השואה ) is a national day of remembrance in Israel and also marked in Jewish Communities around the world, which honors the 6 million who died in the Shoah (Holocaust) and 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 .)

Yom HaShoah is celebrated each year on the 27th day of Nisan and falls just eight days before Yom HaZikaron (the national memorial day for Israel's soldiers).



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.

5 May 2016

The Ascension of the Lord, celebrated forty days after Easter Sunday (Resurrection Day), commemorates the ascension of Jesus bodily into heaven according to biblical accounts (Mark 16:19; Luke 24:50 and Acts 1:2; 6-11), and affirmed in the Apostles and Nicene Creeds. The weekdays that fall in the octave between the Ascension and Pentecost are a preparation time for the coming of the Paraclete, the Holy Spirit.

The Feast of the Ascension of the Lord is a solemnity in the Catholic Church and in many places its celebration is moved from the Sixth Thursday of Easter to The 7th Sunday of Easter.

Theologically the Ascension marks the definitive time of Jesus’ humanity entering into the “hidden” realm of God from whence Jesus will be revealed in glory in the time to come (Acts 1:11), along with those who have been “raised with Christ” and whose lives are “hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 3:1-4).

The Church understands that Jesus as the Christ and “head of the Church” precedes the faithful into God’s Kingdom towards which they, as members of Christ’s Body, hope and aspire. Jesus becomes the mediator and intercessor assuring the faithful of the constant outpouring of the Holy Spirit (CCC. 665-667).




FOR 2015–2016 5776–5777


Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5776 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2015–Advent 2016

The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar 2015-2016/5776-5777


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