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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]
20 August / Av 30 / Rosh Chodesh Elul
21 August / Elul 01 / Rosh Chodesh Elul
22 August / Elul 02 / Parashat Shofetim
29 August / Elul 09 / Parashat Ki Tetze
05 September / Elul 16 / Parashat Ki Tavo
12 September / Elul 23 / Parashat Nitzavim-Vayeilech
18 September / Elul 29 / erev Rosh HaShanah
19 September / Tishrei 1 / Rosh HaShanah I
20 September / Tishrei 2 / Rosh HaShanah II
21 September / Tishrei 3 / Tzom Gedaliah
26 September / Tishrei 8 / Patashat Ha'azinu
27 September / Tishrei 9 / erev Yom Kippur
28 September / Tishrei 10 / Yom Kippur
02 October / Tishrei 14 / erev Sukkot
03 October / Tishrei 15 / Sukkot I
04 October / Tishrei 16 / Sukkot II
10 October / Tishrei 22 / Shemini Atzeret
11 October / Tishrei 23 / Simhat Torah
17 October / Tishrei 29 / Parashat Bereshit
[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 August / 21th Sunday of Ordinary Time
30 August / 22nd Sunday of Ordinary Time
06 September / 23rd Sunday of Ordinary Time
13 September / 24th Sunday of Ordinary Time
14 September / Exaltation of the Holy Cross
20 September / 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time
27 September / 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time
04 October / 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time
11 October / 28th Sunday of Ordinary Time
18 October / 29th Sunday of Ordinary Time
  [Read a commentary on the gospel from Institute Saint Pierre de Sion-Ratisbonne, Bat Kol-Christian Center for Jewish Studies.]

   [RCL]
23 August / 12th Sunday after Pentecost
30 August / 13th Sunday after Pentecost
06 September / 14th Sunday after Pentecost
13 September / 15th Sunday after Pentecost
14 September / Holy Cross
20 September / 16th Sunday after Pentecost
27 September / 17th Sunday after Pentecost
04 October / 18th after Pentecost
11 October / 19th Sunday after Pentecost
18 October / 20th Sunday after Pentecost

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


The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary by Robert Alter.
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THE MONTH OF ELUL

Elul is called the “Month of Mercy” and “Month of Forgiveness” (Hodesh haRahamin vehaSelihot). It is a time for teshuvah (return) to God, to renew one’s efforts in prayer, Torah study and charity, and to seek forgiveness for transgression, especially against one’s fellows. More about the Jewish month of Elul

אלול | ELUL

א.ל.ו.ל | Ani l’dodi v’dodi li | I am my Beloved’s and my Beloved is Mine (Song of Songs 6:3)

“Now is the time that all my thoughts should be directed towards my Beloved (God) then, my Beloved is also to me; my Beloved helps, assists, and cares for me” (The Aruch HaShulhan).

Ani l’dodi v’dodi li is an invitation to prayer—Service of the Heart—ha’avodah she’ba’lev. “What is service of the heart?” ask the rabbis. “It means prayer” (Ta’anit 2a).
Read more about the spirituality of Elul...

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HAFTAROT OF CONSOLATION

Following Tisha B'Av [the 9th day of the month of Av] the haftarah readings turn to “consolation” with a series of seven haftarah portions which connect mourning for the Temple with The Days of Awe. Four of the Haftarah of Consolation occur during the month of Elul and immediately precede The Days of Awe which begin with the first day of the month of Tishrei, Rosh HaShanah.

This year's dates...

ROSH HASHANAH | 19 September... and
The HIGH HOLY DAYS of the Jewish Liturgical Year
YOM KIPPUR | 28 September. The Days of Awe

The Ten Days of Repentance,
including the "Days of Awe" - Yamim Noraim,
begin with Rosh HaShanah (1st Tishrei / 19 September)
and culminate with Yom Kippur (10th Tishrei / 28th September.)

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Links to more information for Christians on these important Jewish holy days...
Rosh Hashanah
| The Days of Awe | Yom Kippur
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