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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]
06 April / Nisan 1 / Parashat Tazria
13 April / Nisan 8 / Parashat Metzorah
13 April / Nisan 8/ Shabbat Hagadol
19 April / Nisan 14 / Ta'anit Bechorot
19 April / Nisan 14 / erev Pesach
20 April / Nisan 15 / Pesach I
27 April / Nisan 22 / Pesach Shabbat
02 May / Nisan 27 / Yom HaShoah
04 May / Nisan 29 / Parashat Aharei Mot
05-06 May / Nisan 30-Iyar 1 / Rosh Chodesh Iyar
08 May / Iyar 3 / Yom HaZikaron
11 May / Iyar 6 / Parashat Kedoshim
18 May / Iyar 13 / Parashat Emor
19 May / Iyar 14 / Pesach Sheini
23 May / Iyar 18 / Lag Ba'Omer
25 May / Iyar 20 / Parashat Behar
01 June / Iyar 27 / Parashat Behukotai
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute.]

   [ROMAN RITE]
07 April / 5th Sunday of Lent
14 April / Palm Sunday
18 April / Holy Thursday
19 April / Good Friday
20 April / Holy Saturday
21 April / Easter Sunday
28 April / 2nd Sunday of Easter
05 May / 3rd Sunday of Easter
12 May / 4th Sunday of Easter
19 May / 5th Sunday of Easter
26 May / 6th Sunday of Easter
30 May / Ascension
[The Ascension may be celebrated on The 7th Sunday of Easter]
02 June / 7th Sunday of Easter or
30 May / Ascension of the Lord


    [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

   [RCL]
07 April / 5th Sunday in Lent
14 April / Palm Sunday | 6th Sunday in Lent
18 April / Maundy Thursday
19 April / Good Friday
20 April / Holy Saturday | Easter Vigil
21 April / Easter Day of Resurrection
28 April / 2nd Sunday of Easter
05 May / 3rd Sunday of Easter
12 May / 4th Sunday of Easter
19 May / 5th Sunday of Easter
26 May / 6th Sunday of Easter
30 May / Ascension
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
02 June / 7th Sunday of Easter

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

 

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19 APRIL–27 APRIL | 14 NISAN–22 NISAN
PESACH - PASSOVER | פֶּסַח

The Jewish festival of Passover [Pesach] begins at sundown on the evening of 30th March. Read more about Pesach HERE.

[Download PASSOVER STUDY INFORMATION sheets and PARISH NEWSLETTER inserts by clicking on the images below.]

Download Passover Study Sheet Parish Newsletter insert for Passover
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19 MAY | 14 IYAR
PESACH SHEINI

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.

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COUNTING THE OMER
SEFIRAT HAOMER

barleyAccording 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.

Read more about Sefirat HaOmer...

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YOM HAZIKARON
2 MAY 2019 - ISRAEL REMEMBRANCE DAY
A memorial day for soldiers who have lost their lives.

YOM HAATZMA'UT
9 MAY 2019 - ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY
A modern holiday celebrating Israel's independence in 1948.

YOM YERUSHALAYIM
2 JUNE 2019 - JERUSALEM DAY
Celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem in 1967.

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