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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]
22 February / Shevat 27 / Parashat Mishpatim
29 February / Adar 4 / Parashat Terumah
07 March / Adar 11 / Parashat Tetzaveh
09 March / Adar 13 / Ta'anit Esther
10 March / Adar 14 / Purim
11 March / Adar 15 / Shushan Purim
14 March / Adar 18 / Parashat Ki Tisa
21 March / Adar 25 / Parashat Vayakhel–Pekudei
26 March / Nisan 1 / Rosh Chodesh Nisan
28 March / Nisan 3 / Parashat Vayikra
04 April / Nisan 10 / Parashat Tzav
08 April / Nisan 14 / Ta'anit Bechorot
08 April / Nisan 14 / erev Pesach
[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]
23 February / 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time
26 February / Ash Wednesday
01 March / 1st Sunday of Lent
08 March / 2nd Sunday of Lent
15 March / 3rd Sunday of Lent
22 March / 4th Sunday of Lent
25 March / The Annunciation of the Lord
29 March / 5th Sunday of Lent
05 April / Passion / Palm Sunday
09 April / Holy Thursday
10 April / Good Friday
11 April / Holy Saturday
12 April / Easter Sunday
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [RCL]
23 February / Transfiguration Sunday
26 February / Ash Wednesday
01 March / 1st Sunday in Lent
08 March / 2nd Sunday in Lent
15 March / 3rd Sunday in Lent
22 March / 4th Sunday in Lent
25 March / The Annunciation of the Lord
29 March / 5th Sunday of Lent
05 April / Passion-Palm Sunday. 6th Sunday in Lent
09 April / Holy Thursday
10 April / Maundy Friday
11 April / Holy Saturday
12 April / Easter Day

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


The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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26 FEBRUARY 2020
ASH WEDNESDAY

Ash Wednesday begins the forty day period of Lent. Ash Wednesday is observed as a fast day. Ashes, a sign of repentance, are blessed and the foreheads of the faithful are marked with the ashes in the sign of the cross. The use of ashes today reflects an ancient practice and symbolizes mourning and sorrow for sin, and repentance before God.

"Remember you are dust and to dust you shall return"

ASh Wednsday - symbolic ash

The 40 day Fast of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Holy Saturday night. Sundays are excluded in the 40 day count since Sunday is not a fast day.
[Liturgically Lent lasts 44 days begining on Ash Wednesday and ending before the Paschal Triduim, and includes Sundays.]

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9 March 2019 | ADAR 13
TA'ANIT ESTHER

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.

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