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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



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.


12 February / Shevat 30 / Rosh Chodesh Adar
13 February / Adar 1 / Parashat Mishpatim
20 February / Adar 8 / Parashat Terumah
25 February / Adar 13 / Ta'anit Esther
26 February / Adar 14/ Purum
27 February / Adar 15 / Parashat Tetzaveh
28 February / Adar 16/ Shushan Purum
06 March / Adar 22 / Parashat Ki Tisa
13 March / Adar 29 / Parashat Vayakhel-Pekudei
14 March / Nisan 1 / Rosh Chodesh Nisan
20 March / Nisan 7 / Parashat Vayikra
25 March / Nisan 12 / Ta'anit Bechorot
27 March / Nisan 14 / Parashat Tzav, Shabbat HaGadol, erev Pesach
28 March / Nisan 15 / Pesach I
[Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion) from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

14 February / 6th Sunday Ordinary Time
17 February / Ash Wednesday
21 February / 1st Sunday of Lent
28 February / 2nd Sunday of Lent
07 March / 3rd Sunday of Lent
14 March / 4th Sunday of Lent
19 March / Joseph Husband of the BVM
21 March / 5th Sunday of Lent
25 March / The Annunciation of the Lord
28 March / Palm Sunday
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from
Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne,
Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

14 February / Transfiguration Sunday
17 February / Ash Wednesday
21 February / 1st Sunday in Lent
28 February / 2nd Sunday in Lent
07 March / 3rd Sunday in Lent
14 March / 4th Sunday in Lent
21 March / 5th Sunday in Lent
25 March / The Annunciation of the Lord
28 March / Passion Sunday / Palm Sunday

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

The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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(FOR 2020–2021 Jewish Year 5781–5782)



Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5781 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2020–Advent 2021

The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar download


25 FEBRUARY 2021 | ADAR 13

תַּעֲנִית אֶסְתֵּר
תענית = "fast" ;  אסתר = Esther

Ta'anit Esther [trans. Fast of Esther] observed on the 13th day of Adar, the day preceding Purim, commemorates the three day fast observed by Queen Esther and the Jewish people prior to Esther pleading the cause of the Jews before King Ahasuerus [when threatened with death by the evil Haman.] The Fast of Esther is followed by the celebratory festival of Purim.

Ta'anit Esther is a fast which appears to be of late origin being mentioned in halakhic literature only in the 8th Century. Rabbinic notes suggest the fast was at one time held in Nisan soon after the time when Haman cast lots.

Ta'anit Esther is a counterbalance in Rabbinic literature to the celebratory nature of the holiday of Purim.


26 FEBRUARY 2021 | ADAR 14

Purim celebrates the miracle of the deliverance frompersecution and suffering wrought for the Jewish people in Persia. The story is told in the Book of Esther (Megillat Esther) c. 4th Cent. BCE.

Purim is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the month of Adar. [In leap years (i.e. this year) Purim falls in Adar II.] Traditionally, the date of Purim marks the first day following the victory/deliverance of the Jews in Persia.Dreidel

"They [the Jews in the provinces] rested on the fourteenth day and made it a day offeasting and merry making" (Esther 9:17)

In cities that were surrounded by a wall in the time of Joshua Purim is celebrated on the 15th day of Adar, also called Shushan Purim.

The story of Purim which is recounted in the Hebrew Bible, in the Megillat Esther [Scroll of Esther], dates from the 4th Century BCE. [Megillat Esther is the last of the canonical texts to be determined for inclusion in the Tanakh.] The Talmud attributes the account given in Megillat Esther to a redaction of an original text written by Mordechai (Baba Bathra 15a). The Book of Esther in the Septuagint [Greek Bible] differs from Megillat Esther and is understood as an interpretive adaptation. The Greek Esther (c. 2nd Century BCE) adds additional traditions, e.g., Ahasuerus is identified with Artaxerxes.Purim blessings - an image from 'Images from Megillot' in the HUC-JIR Library Collection

Jerome's Latin text [Vulgate] of the Book of Esther is a translation of the Hebrew text with additions based upon the Greek version.


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