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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.


23 May / Iyar 18 / Lag Ba'Omer
25 May / Iyar 20 / Parashat Behar
01 June / Iyar 27 / Parashat Behukotai
02 June / Iyar 28 / Yom Yerushalayim
04 June / Sivan 1 / Rosh Chodesh Sivan
08 June / Sivan 5 / Parashat Bamidbar
08 June / Sivan 5 / erev Shavuot
09 June / Sivan 6 / Shavuot I
10 June / Sivan 7 / Shavuot II
15 June / Sivan 12 / Parashat Naso
22 June / Sivan 19 / Parashat Beha'alotkha
29 June / Sivan 26 / Parashat Shelach Lekha
03 July / Sivan 30 / Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
04 July / Tammuz 1 / Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
06 July / Tammuz 3 / Parashat Korach
  [Read a commentary on this week’s parashah (Torah potion)
  from Bat Kol Institute.]

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

09 June / Pentecost Sunday
16 June / Trinity Sunday
20 June / The Body and Blood of Christ
[The Body and Blood of Christ may be celebrated on the following Sunday, the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time]
23 June / The Body and Blood of Christ
23 June / or 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time
24 June / Birth of John the Baptist
28 June / The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus
29 June / Ss Peter and Paul
30 June / 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
07 July / 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time
    [Read a commentary on the gospel from Bat Kol Institute.]

26 May / 6th Sunday of Easter
30 May / Ascension
31 May / Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth
02 June / 7th Sunday of Easter
09 June / Day of Pentecost
16 June / Trinity Sunday
23 June / 2nd Sunday after Pentecost
30 June / 3rd Sunday after Pentecost
07 July / 4th Sunday after Pentecost

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


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FOR 2018–2019 5779–5780


Weekly Readings
for Christians and Jews
this 16 month interfaith calendar covers
Jewish Year 5779 & Christian Cycle:
Advent 2018–Advent 2019

The Jewish and Christian Liturgical Calendar download



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...


09 JUNE – 06 SIVAN

The days of Counting the Omer [Sefirat Ha'Omer] conclude with the celebration of the Jewish festival of Shavuot.

Shavuot, falling on 6th Sivan is one of the three Jewish PILGRIMAGE feasts. Shavuot, also called Hag Hashavuot [שבועות חג] meaning “the Festival of Weeks,” has agricultural roots in the “first fruits” of the late harvest, and, in post Temple spirituality, spiritual links to the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. Shavuot is often called Hag Matan Torateinu (The Festival of the Giving of Our Torah).

While Shavuot has harvest links it is, at the same time, a festival which has always incorporated an “encounter” spirituality. As with all three Pilgrim festivals this encounter was one in which all people who were able were required to participate. shavuot download Practically, this encounter between the person [nefesh|soul] and God took place at the altar of the Temple in Jerusalem.

The importance of the spiritual encounter with the LORD is only fully realized in the later transformation of Shavuot by the rabbis (after the loss of the Temple) into a festival which links the Exodus from Mitzrayim (The Passover) with the Gift of the Torah at Sinai.

Read more about SHAVUOT...


09 JUNE 2016

Pentecost remembers the manifestation of the Spirit in the
community of his disciples, and celebrates the continued
presence of the Spirit of God within the Church.

The New Testament reading for Pentecost from Acts (2:1-11) relates that the Holy Spirit was experienced by the gathered community as “fire.” Luke's gospel also relates the physical experience of the divine presence when Jesus' exegesis of the scriptures “from the Pentateuch to the Prophets” was the means by which “their hearts burned within” (Lk. 24:27, 32).'Word and Spirit Word and Spirit | Torah and the Divine Presence

At Pentecost they were gathered together "and suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each one of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit...." (Acts 2:22-4).

Pentecost (Heb. Shavuot) arising as it does from its spiritual foundations in Judaism is rooted in the disciples’ understanding of their own tradition and scripture and the teachings of Jesus. Pentecost draws upon its roots in Judaism and Judaism's understanding of the Holy Spirit. Thus, in its early Pentecostal experience the Church experienced the Holy Spirit at Pentecost as “tongues of fire” (Acts 2:3) and at other times as “a burning within” (Lk. 24:27, 32).


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