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Here, I will take the time to bring about the studies of Torah or the Tanakh, which have become what is known as the Holy Bible of today; from a Ras Tafarian perspective. Given many have sought to understand what Ras Tafarians actually think & see in their own interpretation of the Scriptures. I must disclaim that this blog is of my own understanding of the Scriptures, which I received from many sources. Though others may see parallels to other interpretations when compared to this one I will present for people to see; PLEASE TAKE THIS TESTIMONY AS MY OWN, FROM MY OWN UNDERSTANDING. I’am no priest, rabbi, or ordained minister by the standards of what people know as of, in today’s society. I’am simply a humble individual who has received what has been given to share one’s own revelation with others who may or may not seek to do the same; or even just want to pick a Ras Tafarian’s brain on certain topics which they have scattered thoughts about. ( please, keep an open mind, share your thoughts, questions, and so forth & I will sincerely try my best to answer them with the most accuracy I’am able to bring forth.)

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RSS#38 (ቆሬ / קֹרַח)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings!  This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (pronounced Lij, Yef-dee).

I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to seek insight) into the study of the Scriptures.  So,with this Hebrew Shabbot (or Shabbat) we move into the opening of the Torah portion with Korach/ KoraKH‘/ Koraḥ – קֹרַח, on the 29th – כט, & the 30th – ל, of the month of Siw(v)an – סִיוָן, in the year of 5777. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2009/7509; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Q’oräy ቆሬ, on the 16th – ፲፮,  & on the 17th – ፲፯, of the month (ወርኀ) of Sänæy – ሰኔ.  The Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) aligns to this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church (the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 16:1 – 18:32

I Samuel 11:14 – 18:32

Romans 13: 1-7

*(extra reading for Rosh Hodesh- ראש חודש)

(*Numbers 28: 9-15)

http://www.jewfaq.org/chodesh.htm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosh_Hodesh

roshkhodesh

(4th Hebrew month) Tammuzתמוז

Now, in continuance of our studies of Torah, we come to the parsha(portion) of Korah’.  Now, in this study of the Scriptures, a Levite, named Korah’ (ben Izhar- son of Izhar), joins himself wth Dathan & Abiram, who are Reubinites(of the Tribe of Reuben), and two-hundred & fifty princes of Israel.  This group began a rebellion, that challenged the authority of Moses and Aaron, among the children of Israel.

[Numb. 16:1-19]

korach - parsha [Lewiim - descent]

God instructed Moses and Aaron, to get away from Korah and his rebellious few, and tell the children of Israel to separate themselves as well; for he would consume them

[Numb. 16: 20-35]

The Earth Swallows Up (Death of Korah's Rebellion) _painting by Gustave Dore'

The Earth Swallows Up Korah (Death of Korah’s Rebellion) _painting by Gustave Dore’

God then, spoke to Moses to tell Eleazar(Aaron’s son; a Priest of Levi), to take the censors of Korah, which they took in the Tabernacle for the fire and the incense, and make them broad plates for a covering of the altar.  “They shall be a sign to the children of Israel.”

[Numb. 16:36-40]

korach - parsha [eleazar priest]

The next day the children of Israel, murmured against Moses & Aaron, saying, “…they killed people of God…,” and then a plague fell upon them(Israel) and more died, even after those of Korah’s Rebellion suffered judgment.

[Numb. 16:41-50]

Korah and the rebellion swallowed by the earth - Holman Bible illustration (1890)

Korah and the rebellion swallowed by the earth – Holman Bible illustration (1890)

God then, instructed Moses to gather the staffs of the Princes Of Israel; one for each of the tribes (12) and adding one more the tribe of Levi, in which, Aaron would be the head.  (making that thirteen [13] staff-rods).  God would then choose the staff to show where he would place his authority among the children of Israel, to put an end to their murmuring.  Moses, took the staffs and placed them in the Tabernacle of Witness.

[Numb. 17: 1-7]

korach - parsha [staffs of the Princes of Israel]

The very next morning, Moses entered into the Tabernacle, only to find that Aaron’s rod, had blossomed and brought forth buds, and also yielded almonds.  Moses brought forth the staff of Aaron, by God’s command to be a witness/memorial to Israel of God’s will way.  Whomsoever go against God’s way would not share in his rest.

[Numb. 17:8-13]

Aaron's Rod Budding (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)

Aaron’s Rod Budding (illustration from the 1728 Figures de la Bible)

God then spoke to Aaron, saying, that he and his sons (lineage), were to perform the duties of service in the Tabernacle, so no wrath would anymore fall upon Israel.  The Levites were to administer the reception of of offerings made by the children of Israel to God in the Tabernacle; but they wouldn’t have an inheritance as the rest of the children of Israel(Tribes) had.  The reason being was & is, because the “tithes” of Israel would be given to them by God.

[Numb. 18:1-24]

✡ Chief Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew Memorial Day ✡

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

 

I welcome you all to yet another posting here on Ras Tafari Renaissance, for the a memorial in acknowledgment of the Chief Rabbi and head of the Black Jews in America, the pioneer; Rabbi Wentworth Authur Matthew.

rabbi wentworth a. matthew (photo by james van derzee)

So much can be said about this wonderfully gifted and blessed individual, but we will try to leave most of the more in-depth points of this man’s life up to your research.  Rabbi Matthew, wasn’t a completely complex individual especially, to those who knew him well, or knew of his work.  A leader, teacher, innovator, poised and extremely aware the world around him and at large.

rabbi wentwerth a. matthew and member of the commandment keepers congregation

To those who have yet to take a look into this great man’s life and his life’s work, you are in for a treat as you will find that he was steadfast in his teachings, loyal to those around him.  But, in most of all very truthful in his analogies, appropriations and actions.

rabbi wentwerth a. matthew2

So, today we do him his well-deserved honor as a brother, teacher, scholar, organizer of men, and pioneer among many.

We give thanks to the father for him, coming to leave a legacy, and work of love for his people.

Chief Rabbi Wentworth A. Matthew

Rabbi Wentwerth A. Matthew

We here at Ras Tafari Renaissance, are happy to announce that a compilation of film production has been found to be in the works and as per research, reportedly in the postproduction phase.  We lend our full support to the finalization of this project for the cataloguing of the lives of the participants of the Commandments Keepers Congregation of the Living God, Inc; the Rabbinical College of the Royal Order of the Ethiopian Hebrews otherwise known as the “Black Jews of Harlem.”

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This film is said to be produced and directed by Marlaine Glicksman, & hopefully if word makes it to her and the organization supporting this work; we encourage, and exhort the efforts brought forward to this point.  We also firmly stand with the information that is surely to be revealed, as per our own research and findings into this once vibrant and far-reaching community, as well as its remnant in complete solidarity.

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“Gong” Day – Leonard P. Howell

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to yet another post here on Ras Tafari Renaissance! Today, we acknowledge the birth as a memorial to whom is known as the “First Rasta.”  Leonard Percival Howell, known to the world or those who knew him personally one of the first proclaimers of Ras Tafari or Christ in His Kingly Character.

Born June 16, 1898, in May Crawle River village, Jamaica; the oldest of ten, to Clarence Theophilus & Clementina; a cultivator and a agricultural laborer, respectively.  Howell’s story can seriously help many people from around understand the movement of Ras Tafari, more precisely.  This instance being one that is very much overlooked more times than not.  Howell reportedly left Jamaica early in his youth, traveling to many places gaining an understanding that few of his birthplace and few ever, gain in a lifetime.  Like many in Jamaica at that time, the people found themselves because of historical disposition, in adherence to many Anglican principles.  Howell and his family being in that number, but unawares of the desires and destiny to be set in motion.

Howell’s exposure became more grandeur when he began to work as a seaman as part of a Jamaican contingent sent to Panama, during World War I (WWI).  Howell then found himself traveling from time-to-time between Jamaica, Panama, the United States (New York City, specifically) utilizing his knowledge and skillset to further his endeavors in agricultural cultivation and distribution.  Howell also made subtle trips to Europe and among other places, as well.

Hope Howell,(L) Leonard P. Howell, (C) & Marcus Garvey (R) in NYC circa 1928-1932

These experiences then began to expose him other schools of thought while congregating with other people from other walks of life.  Howell is suspected to have been exposed to the philosophies and opinions of Marcus Mosiah Garvey while traveling to and fro, in between the Americas.  Communism, Marxism, Pan-Africanism, these are just some of the schools of thought that Howell was expected to have been exposed to while on his travels, according documenter Helene Lee and others.  Howell also married a woman named Tyneth.  Upon his return to Jamaica in whelms of the rising of a young king to the status Emperor of an empire in Africa, Howell had been inspired to take action on the influences he’d been experiencing for some time.  When Howell returned to Jamaica in 1932, two years after Haile Selassie I was crowned emperor of Ethiopia, he began holding public meetings, fusing all that he’d learned abroad with local ideas. His worldliness and gifts as a speaker not only attracted Jamaica’s underclass, they gained him the attention of local authorities.

Leonard with wife Tyneth, circa 1930

During his time in New York, he joined fellow Jamaican, Marcus Garvey’s Universal Negro Improvement Association (UNIA), founded in 1914.  But, while Howell was clearly influenced by Garvey’s thinking, so much so that Garvey is often mistakenly identified as the founder of Ras Tafari; it is fairly unknown that Howell had a mixed relationship with Garvey, a Roman Catholic Christian, who later criticized Emperor Haile Sellassie I & the Ras Tafari movement in a negative light.  A criticism which earned him a stern rebuttal by the Dr. Melaku E. Bayen, who lead the movement also in Harlem and other parts of the US, which would become the Ethiopian World Federation, Inc., founded in NYC in 1937.Howell’s first public articulation of the divinity of Haile Selassie occurred in January 1933. This first open deification, which proclaimed the Emperor of Ethiopia to be the incarnation of God, took place at “Redemption Ground” in Kingston but was not successful in gaining converts.

Leonard P. Howell (Ras Tafari’s first proclaimer)

Among his followers, Howell preferred being called Gangunguru Maragh or G.G. Maragh to distinguish his ritual, mystical personality from his secular identity. Howell’s ritual name is thought to be a combination of three Hindi words – gyan (wisdom), gun (virtue or talent), and guru (teacher). In Hindi, Maragh means “great kings” or “king of kings.”[6] Howell used this name as a pseudonym when he published The Promised Key.

 

Even amidst many struggles with the Jamaican government Howell started and establishment which was dubbed “Pinnacle.” But, for his teachings of black power and denunciation of colonial rule, for created the first Rastafarian village in Jamaica at Sligoville, St. Catherine in 1940. The settlement called “Pinnacle” due to its high hilltop elevation and was symbolically located in the first free village established to house former slaves in Jamaica. Pinnacle was one of the country’s first self-sustaining communities, which was intended outcome all the while.  Its community members were able to meet their needs without dependence on outside resources.  Some refer to Pinnacle as a commune, in which Howell’s form of socialism was practiced.  After Pinnacle’s foundation, other similar Rastafarian communities were established across the country. Pinnacle was especially known for the cultivation of cannabis (marijuana) that has religious significance for Rastafarians.

In efforts to shut down Howell and his followers, police raided Howell’s community of Pinnacle multiple times and labeled the community a “communist experiment” in 1941. Just one year after the creation of the settlement, government forces infiltrated and arrested many of Howell’s followers. After escaping immediate arrest, Howell was eventually arrested and tried once again for sedition and consequently was faced with two more years behind bars. Upon his release in 1943, he returned to Pinnacle once again.[20] Howell hired guards and brought in watch dogs to protect Pinnacle from future attacks.

The police raided Pinnacle several more times in the 1950s. In 1954, militia invaded the community and almost completely destroyed the village. Even after this mass destruction, settlers returned, though the settlement was never restored to its previous thriving state. During a final raid in 1958, the police cleared out the remaining residents completely. Despite its ultimate destruction, the impact of the settlement made it legendary among other settlements around the country, who were observed to have been “miniature Pinnacles.”

Howell still to this day doesn’t receive the just do of recognition he earned as one of the most prolific peoples of African descent in the Western Hemisphere & that must change.

RSS#36 ( ስትለኵስ / בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ )

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So, with this Hebrew Shabbat (or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portions with BeHa’alōtecḥâ – בְּהַעֲלֹתְךָ, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 15th – טו, & on the 16th – טז, of the month of Sïw[v]án – (סִיוָן) for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to Sítlläkʷ’s – ስትለኵስ; on the 2nd – ፪, & on the 3rd – ፫, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of Sänæy – ሰኔ, for this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 8:1- 12:16

Zechariah 2: 14- 4:17

I Corinthians 10: 6-13

Revelation 11: 1-19

In this week’s portion of the study of the Scriptures, Moses is instructed by God to tell his brother, Aaron to light the seven lamps for the candlestick(Menorah) in the Tabernacle.

behaalotecha - parsha (menorah-golden-seven-branch-candlestick-lampstand)

& Aaron, did so; lighting the lamps.

[Numb. 8: 1-4]

behaalotecha - parsha [kahin with candle-Aaron]

Moses, is then also instructed to sanctify the priesthood (Levites) before the entire assembly of the children of Israel.  The children of Israel outstretched their hands forth to consecrate the blessing & cleansing of the Levites among the Hebrews, also for their service in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 8: 5-18]

The Levites were taken by God to be the firstborn among the children of Israel.  The priesthood were to adhere to Aaron and his sons, and conduct the services and duties in the Tabernacle.

pesaKH-passover symbols

The laws, commandments, and statutes, for the appointed season of the Passover were given to Moses for the children of Israel, in the wilderness of Sinai.  The laws were given in the first month(Abib/Nisan) of the second year of the Israelites’ coming out of Egypt.  The fourteenth day of this month was when the Hebrews were to keep the memorial of the Passover.  (even in the wilderness)

[Numb. 9: 1-14]

pillar of a cloud by day, & a pillar of fire by night

pillar of a cloud by day, & a pillar of fire by night

The day the Tabernacle was reared up, a cloud covered the Tabernacle, over the Tent of Meeting (the Sanctuary), and in the evening to nightfall, a pillar of fire hovered the same of the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 9: 15-23]

behaalotecha - parsha [two-silver-trumpets-numbers-9]

God then spoke to Moses, saying, speak to the children of Israel, that they make two (2) trumpets of silver; for they would be used in the calling of the assembly & for the journeying of the camps.  The rules for the blowing of these trumpets would find an alignment different from that of the blowing of the Shofar.

[Numb. 10: 1-10]

rastafari-a-blow-de-shofar

The cloud then, was taken up from Tabernacle & the children of Israel journeyed on the twentieth (20) of the second month (Iyyar/Ziw[v]) out of the wilderness of Sinai to the wilderness of Paran.

[Numb. 10: 11-36]

Taberah

Taberah

The children of Israel then began to complain, and grumble for they had begun to forget the ways of God; how and why he brought them out of Egypt.  Their complaining kindled the the anger of God.

[Numb. 11: 1-3]

Manna from Heaven

Manna from Heaven

Now, the mixt multitude went lusting after their old ways, even from their captivity. (even after the fire at Taberah)  Yet now, in this study portion of the Scriptures the children of Israel wept again; now, for they desired flesh to eat.

[Numb. 11: 4-9]

disciples-eating-grain

Moses, heard the people and went before God, not knowing what to do for the weeping and complaining.  God instructed Moses, to gather those of the children of Israel, who were known as the elders(or wise) among them; for God would lift the burden of bearing all of the children of Israel’s problem upon himself.

[Numb. 11: 10-39]

Moses & the Seventy Elders of Israel

Moses & the Seventy Elders of Israel

God then sent a wind that brought quail to the children of Israel, & they did eat but, while the meat was in the process of consumption, a plague of death fell upon them; so much so that like Taberah, the place where the children of had fell away from the grace of God here was named Kibrot Ha Ta’aw[v]ah – (የምኞት መቃብር _ YeMígñoch MäQábr) קִבְרוֹת הַתַּאֲוָה‎ , or in translation the ( graves of lust ).

[Numb. 11: 31-35]

Kibrothhattaw(v)ah

Kibrothhattaw(v)ah

At this point, from the place of the children of Israel’s graves of lust they saw it fit to move on; and so, the Israelites journeyed on to Hazeroth (ሐጼሮት/חֲצֵרוֹת).

behaalotecha - parsha [wilderness of paran]

Here, Moses’ sister and brother spoke against him, for he married an Æthiopian woman.

(Ts’ipporah /Sephorah /Tz’iporah)

Tz'ipporah - Moses' Ethiopian/Midianite wife

Tz’ipporah – Moses’ Ethiopian/Midianite wife (artist speculated to be Diane Britton Dunham)

God was angered, so that he spoke to Miriam, Moses, and Aaron.

Miriam, Moses' sister shout out of the camp of Israel, painting by James J. Tissot

Miriam, Moses’ sister shut out of the camp of Israel, painting by James J. Tissot

But, upon his departure Miriam, Moses’ sister became leprous.  Aaron, Moses’ brother pleaded with him, for Miriam’s case & Moses prayed for his sister to be healed of the disease .  God gave grace and said that, seven days, Miriam should be set outside the camp; once she was healed, she could return.

Miriam bat-Yochebed

Miriam bat-Yochebed (Mariam wollete-Yokabid)

RSS#35 (ውሰድ / נָשֹׂא)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So, with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portions with Naso – נָשֹׂא, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 8th – ח, & on the 9th – ט, of the month of Sïw[v]án-(סִיוָן) for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to W’säd – ውሰድ; on the 25th – ፳፭, & on the 26th – ፳፮, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of G’nbot (ግንቦት) for this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 4: 21- 7:89

Judges 13: 2-25

Acts 21: 17-26

Naso, the study portion of the Scriptures for this Sabbath, deals with the collecting of the numbers of the children of Israel.  Moses, was instructed by God, to number the children of Israel by Hebrew tribal lineage(family[-ies]).  And so, did he and his brother Aaron.

naso - parsha (Camp Israel)

All of the tribes, were assembled and numbered but, the Levite tribe, was to be not counted along with the Tribes of Israel, but to be numbered of their own families for the service of Tabernacle.  While in the wilderness, the tribe of Le(w)vi, were to be of Aaron’s line, and serve God and the children of Israel as the priesthood.

[Numb. 4: 21-28]

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Now, in a sense, this “numbering” was more like completing a type of census.  The numbering of the priesthood, those able men who should serve in the office of the Tabernacle, from age thirty-to-fifty.  After the counting was complete, the duties of the priesthood were listed to the specific sections of the families of Levites(priesthood).  

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi'yim-Hbr)

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi’yim-Hbr) _ painting by James J. Tissot

The priestly duties were assigned to families of the Levites where; the Gershonites, were to keep the charge of the curtains and coverings of the Tabernacle, the hangings for the doors of the court, and for the gate of the court round about the altar, the cords and all the instruments of the service.

[Numb. 4: 24-28]

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

The Merari, were to keep the charge of the boards, all of the bars, all of the pillars of the court round about , the sockets, and the pins, and their cords, along with all the instruments of their service in the priesthood in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 4: 29-33]

tabernacle coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Tabernacle Coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Now, the Kohathites, were to be numbered within the families of Levites(priesthood) but their responsibilities in service were laid out by God, from the previous portion of the Scripture study.

[Numb. 4: 1-20]

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

When Aaron and his sons, had made coverings for all of the sanctuary, and all the vessels, as the camp set forward {[to move]}; after that the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. 

[Numb. 4: 15-20;  Chpt. 4: 34-37]

Kohathites bearing the Ark of the Covenant.

Then, G-d instructed Moses and Aaron, along with the assistance of the priesthood to purify the camp of the children of Israel.  Helping the children of Israel to heal through keeping the statutes and commandments of God, and purging themselves, being a sanctified people to their God. The Hebrews also, learned the ways in which, they were to interact with each other; making amends if one was to offend another.

[Numb. 5: 1-10]

the Leper

the Leper

If a husband were to accuse his wife, in a fit of jealousy of being unfaithful, the Sotah סוטה ]was a means to bring clarity to the situation.

[Numb. 5: 1-31]

Also, the vow of the Nazirite (also seen as “Nazerite“), was a focus point of this study portion, as God spoke to Moses in instructing the children of Israel.  G-d said to Moses, if any of the children of Israel wish to separate themselves to God by a vow, then there were rules to follow in accordance to such.

[Numb. 6: 1-21]

Samson ben-Manoah

Samson ben-Manoah (Nazarite from the Womb)

The priestly blessing that was also told to Moses by G-d.  Moses, was to teach Aaron and his sons, the blessing so that they should perform service of blessing the children of Israel, to put G-d’s name upon them, so they could receive it.

[Numb. 6: 24-26]

Birakt Kohaniim - Priestly Blessing

Birkat Kohaniim – Priestly Blessing

All things going into their rightful places, ordered by God’s word; from there, the Tabernacle was consecrated as Moses completed setting up the Tabernacle, anointing it and all of the instruments for the services.  the Princes of Israel, or the twelve(12) heads of their fathers households, brought each of their own offerings from the tribes they came out of.

[Numb. 7]

 

✡ Shabuot – שבועות ☩ Mäkär BeKurat Nädo – መከር በኩራት ነዶ ✡

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to all to another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance for the celebration of the “Feast of Weeks” or otherwise known as Shab(v)uot.  This Hebraic celebration is also known in many circles as the Firstfruits.  In connotation Shabuot is known to be a “harvest” festival in relation to agriculture respectively upholding to the Land’s Sabbath or the Shemittah (or commonly known as the “Jubilee year”) from Scriptural references.

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Here Ras Tafari Renaissance, writes to give some insight, and perspective on the High Holy day mainly because, it is what would be apart of the Shalosh Regalim שלוש רגלים – (Three Pilgrimage Festivals [ie…Passover, & Sukkot, would complete the Pilgrimage festival cycle]) also from the Ethiopian-Amharic known equivalent would be known as the “YeSost Amet Be’al – የሦስት ዓመት በዓል“, which is known well throughout modern Judaism tradition.  But, while giving Biblical restoration tidbits of information for the education of those who may or may not have any recollection in the mind of what Shabuout is, as a representive of….also, how the original Christian church; which is Hebraic in original ties into the Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox, & Orthodoxy throughout the Oriental (or Eastern churches) celebration of Pentecost.

Shabuot, is a celebration that memorializes the giving of the Biblical Law, (also known now known as, the Torah – in modern Judaism) to the children of Israel, in entirety, as a nation on Mount Sinai.

The Torah, (Biblically) mandates the seven-week “Counting of the Omer,” beginning on the second day of Passover & the Feast of Unleavened Bread, to be immediately followed by Shab(v)uot.

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This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah, spiritually.

blessing haShabuot– from hebrew4christians.com

Shabuot, is also known to be a festival of harvest, or reaping festival.  It is another version that can be assessed as a reaping of souls as well.  In the Christians’ celebration of Pentecost, the teachings come from the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after Christ crucifixion and resurrection.  To assure the devotion of the twelve along with other present with them in the time of trials, God sent his Spirit upon in the midst of his people to assure them that no matter the consequences in the world; he would be with them always….

Read (for education):

Exodus 23: 16

Exodus 34: 21, 22

Leviticus 19:9

Leviticus 23: 10, 22

Deuteronomy 24: 19

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From an Ethiopian perspective, which more than likely had a heavy influence on the Hellenistic Jewry, (ie…Judeo-Christian [origin] root) gives per insight on the teachings of Pentecost in relation to the Hebraic celebration/memorialization of Shabuot.

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Also in the Ethiopic tradition the festival of Pentecost ( Shabuot ), is recognized by calculation of the priests, and laymen.  The Feast of Pentecost, always begins on Sunday(Ihud [ እሁድ ] – Senbete Krystiyan [ ሰንበቴ ክርስቲያን ])፣ and connot come beofre the 15th of the Ethiopian month of G’nbot; also cannot be after the 19th of Ethiopic month of Seney. 

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Reading (for education):

Acts 2: 1

Acts 20: 16

I Corinthians 16: 8

SHABUOT:

FESTIVAL OF WEEKS

FIRST FRUITS”

“PENTECOST”

– all one in the same pertaining to the context ……….

RSS#34 (ምድረ በዳ / בְּמִדְבַּר)

Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,

I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (or Yefdeyah). I assure you that if you are patient with me, come with a willing mind and heart(ready to learn), you will receive more than what you might have asked for, in seeking the perspective of a Ras Tafarian’s I-sight (eyesight) into the study of the Scriptures. So, with this Hebrew Shabbot(or Sabbath day) if those who actually open up their Bibles to read in a Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, & thoroughly discern, have come to the opening of the Torah portions with Mídbár בְּמִדְבַּר, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 1st – א, & on the 2nd – ב, of the month of Sïw[v]án-(סִיוָן) for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem/Israel. (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) &, from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective, in what may be known as the year 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to Mídrä Bädá – ምድረ በዳ; on the 18th – ፲፰, & on the 19th – ፲፱, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of G’nbot (ግንቦት) for this Sabbath (or Senbet – ሰንበት) in the Ethiopian language of Amharic which is currently one of the languages of the Ethiopian Orthodox Tewahedo Church(the other language being Ge’ez – ግእዝ).

Readings:

Numbers 1:1 – 4:20

Hosea 2: 1-23

Romans 9: 22-23

Luke 24: 50, 51

Acts 1: 9-11

Forwarding, in our studies, we’ve come to another book in the Torah.  This study portion has brought us to BaMídbár(translated into English as; Numbers; or Midbar-מִדְבַּר =pasture/open field/desert, & Ba(e’)= בְּ , with Midbar, making the Hebrew word BaMidbar, either meaning, “In the Book of Numbers,” or “In the wilderness“)/the same in the Ethiopian-Amharic language with the word, Midrä Bädáምድረ በዳ= the wilderness”.

bamidbar-book of numbers

After completing the Book of Leviticus, (which by Ras Tafari interpretation, could be known also as the “Livitiy Book“) the over-standing of what encompasses the Leviticus, is the blessing and cursing, by way of the abiding in the laws and commandments set forth for the children of Israel.

bamibar - parsha [encampment of the Bnei Ysrael]

Moses & Aaron, numbered the children of Israel, then appointed heads of the households from the tribes.(…twelve men, each of their father’s house…)

[Numb. 1: 44]

Moses & Aaron also received instructions from God, not to number the tribe of Lew(v)i with the rest of the children of Israel.  They were to have a separate responsibility among the people.  Just as they were to administer the duties of priests in Israel, in the Tabernacle, they were to continue in that way.  The tribes were then assembled orderly into an encampment around the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 1:49- 2:34]

In this encampment every tribe would raise a standard(or banner), with an ensign for the tribes.

[Numb. 2: 1-32]

encampment of israel-tabernacle in the wilderness

Moses & Aaron, were to also assemble the Tribe of Le(w)i and consecrate them to keep the charge of Aaron(the High Priest), and for the entire congregation of Israel.  They were to keep the instruments of the Tabernacle and perform the service for the congregation.

[Numb. 3]

Tetzaweh - parsha (High Priest-Kohen HaGadol-LiQe Kahinat)

[Numb. 4]

bamidbar - parsha (conhaniim-kahinat)

Ordinances for the garments of the High Priest, established in the Tribe of Levi.

The lineage of Aaron, the brother of Moses & Miriam.

cohen hagadol - high priest of the tabernacle [liqe kahinat]