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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]
07 December / Kislev 09 / Parashat Vayetze
14 December / Kislev 16 / Parashat Vayishlach
21 December / Kislev 23 / Parashat Vayeshev
22 December / Kislev 24 / erev Chanukah
23 December / Kislev 25 / Chanukah I
28 December / Kislev 30 / Parashat Miketz, Shabbat Chanukah Day VI, Rosh Chodesh
30 December / Tevet 02 / Chanukah VIII
04 January / Tevet 07 / Parashat Vayigash
07 January / Tevet 10 / Asara B'Tevet
11 January / Tevet 14 / Parashat Vayeschi
18 January / Tevet 21 / Parashat Shemot
25 January / Tevet 28 / Parashat Vaera
01 February / Shevat 06 / Parashat Bo
[Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion) from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [ROMAN RITE]
09 December / The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
15 December / 3rd Sunday of Advent
22 December / 4th Sunday of Advent
25 December / The Nativity of the Lord
29 December / The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph
05 January / 2nd Sunday after Christmas or The Epiphany [In some places Epiphany is transferred to this Sunday.]
06 January / The Epiphany
12 January / The Baptism of the Lord
19 January / 2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
26 January / 3rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
02 February / The Presentation of the Lord
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [RCL]
15 December / 3rd Sunday of Advent
22 December / 4th Sunday of Advent
25 December / The Nativity of the Lord
29 December / 1st Sunday after Christmas Day
01 January / Holy Name of Jesus
05 January / 2nd Sunday after Christmas Day
06 January / Epiphany of the Lord
12 January / Baptism of the Lord
19 January / 2nd Sunday after Epiphany
26 January / 3rd Sunday after Epiphany
02 February / 4th Sunday after Epiphany

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


The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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JEWISH and CHRISTIAN
LITURGICAL CALENDARS

(FOR 2019–2020 5780–5781)

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

Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5780 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2019–Advent 2020
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ADVENT RECOMMEMDATIONS

Advent Recommendations
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An Adult Christ at Christmas - Raymond E. Brown A Coming Christ at Advent Advent of the Savior - Stephen Binz An Adult Christ at Christmas - Raymond E. Brown A Coming Christ at Advent Advent of the Savior - Stephen Binz An Adult Christ at Christmas - Raymond E. Brown A Coming Christ at Advent Advent of the Savior - Stephen Binz
 

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

CHANUKAH | HANUKKAH
22 DECEMBER 2018 – 30 DECEMBER 2018

Hanukkiah menorahBlessing for the lighting of Hanukkah lights

Blessed are you LORD, our God, sovereign of the universe Who has sanctified us with your commendments and commanded us to light the lights of Hanukkah.

Download our Guide to lighting the Hanukkah menorah

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THE EIGHT DAYS OF CHANUKAH

22 Dec / Kislev 24 / erev Chanukah [Light first candle]Light eighth hannukah candle
23 Dec / Kislev 25 / Chanukah I
24 Dec / Kislev 26 / Chanukah II
25 Dec / Kislev 27 / Chanukah III
26 Dec / Kislev 28 / Chanukah IV
27 Dec / Kislev 29 / Chanukah V
28 Dec / Kislev 30 / Parashat Miketz
15 Dec / Tevet 02 /Shabbat Chanukah
29 Dec / Tevet 01 / Chanukah VII
30 Dec / Tevet 02 / Chanukah VIII

[LINK HERE to Jewish Readings tables]
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FEAST OF THE PRESENTATION
OF THE LORD

The feast of the Presentation of the Lord is celebrated forty days after the Nativity (Christmas). The celebration recalls the presentation of the child at the Temple according to the Law. Jesus is welcomed at the Temple by two elderly people, Simeon and the prophetess, Anna, both of whom, beholding the child, praised God for the redemption of Israel.

The feast has a second dimension, the purification ceremony for Mary after having given birth. ...Read more

Simeon's Song of Praise
Simeon's Song of Praise (detail) — Aert de Gelder

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