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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]
09 July / Tammuz 17 / Tzom Tammuz
11 July / Tammuz 19 / Parashat Pinchas
18 July / Tammuz 26 / Parashat Matot-Masei
22 July / Av 1 / Rosh Chodesh Av
25 July / Av 4 / Parashat Devarim
29 July / Av 8 / erev Tisha B'Av
30 July / Av 9 / Tisha B'Av
01 August / Av 11 / Parashat Va'etchanan
05 August / Av 15 / Tu B'Av
08 August / Av 18 / Parashat Ekev
15 August / Av 25 / Parashat Re'eh
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
[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]
12 July / 15th Sunday of Ordinary Time
19 July / 16th Sunday of Ordinary Time
26 July / 17th Sunday of Ordinary Time
02 August / 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time
06 August / Transfiguration of the Lord
09 August / 19th Sunday of Ordinary Time
15 August / The Assumption of BVM
16 August / 20th Sunday of Ordinary Time
23 August / 21th Sunday of Ordinary Time
30 August / 22th 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]
12 July / 6th Sunday after Pentecost
19 July / 7th Sunday after Pentecost
26 July / 8th Sunday after Pentecost
02 August / 9th Sunday after Pentecost
09 August / 10th Sunday after Pentecost
16 August / 11th Sunday after Pentecost
23 August / 12th Sunday after Pentecost
30 August / 13th 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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TZOM TAMMUZ | 09 JULY
and the
THE TREE WEEKS
9TH JULY – 30TH JULY
18 Tammuz – 9 AV

Tzom Tammuz (“tzom” means “fast”) is associated with many calamitous dates in Jewish history. On this day Jews fast, refrain from joyous celebrations, observe special prayers and Torah readings. It is on this day that the “Three Weeks,” a period of mourning for the destruction of the First and Second Temples begins. The “Three Weeks” come to an end with the fast of Tisha B'Av (The 9th of Av). Read more...

The three weeks

HAFTAROT OF ADMONITION

The Haftarot of Admonition are the haftarah portions which are read during the three weeks preceding Tisha B'Av. Their designation, Haftarot of Admonition [or Affliction], derives from the Period known since Rabbinic times as “bein ha-metzarim” (Between the Breaches) a time of mourning which remembers the breaching of the walls of Jerusalem by the Babylonians in the time of the first Temple. [Bein ha-metzarim is a phrase taken from Lamentations 1:3, “All her pursuers overtook her in the narrow places.”]

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TISHA B'AV

TISHA B’AVthe Ninth day of the month of Av— is one of four Jewish fast days mentioned by Zechariah (8:19) which mourn the catastrophic destruction of the first Temple in Jerusalem. Tisha B’Av is a major fast day with the restrictions matching the fast of Yom Kippur.Tisha B'Av Study sheet link

According to the Mishnah (Ta’anit 4:6) Tisha B’Av has traditionally been associated with the destruction of both Temples—by the Babylonians (586 BCE) and again by the Romans (70 CE). Midrash also associates other catastrophic events in Jewish history with the date, the Ninth of Av.

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TU B'AV

Tu B'AV is the 15th day of the month of Av, a minor holiday in the Jewish Calendar following after the conclusion of "The Three Weeks," a period of mourning which began with Tzom Tammuz (The 17th of Tammuz) and ended with Tisha B'Av (9th Av). It is perhaps because of this that the Tachanun (penitential prayers) are removed from the daily prayer on Tu B'Av [usually recited during the Shacharit (morning) service each day] and it is a practice not to give eulogies at funerals on Tu B'Av. Both traditions suggest the end to the mourning period.
Tu B'Av has joyous associations in Jewish memory. It marked the begininig of the grape harvest, was considered a time to find love, and the lengthening of nights afforded more time for Torah study...
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