Ras Tafari Renaissance

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


I welcome you all to one of 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 an open mind and heart, 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.

Now, with that said, let us go right into this…

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, nonetheless studied either the Torah portion of Ts’a(w)v-צו . , for this week, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. Others who engage this type of study more than likely read the portion of Shemini. From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 18th & 19th of the month of Nisan- נִיסָן‎ . (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Azzezachew-አዘዛቸው , on the 20th & 21st day of ወርኀ(month)- መጋቢት(Megabeet). On the Ethiopic calendar, which is solar (with its correspondence to the Sun) 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)


Leviticus 6:8- 8:36

Jeremiah 7:21- 8:3

Jeremiah 9:22-24

Hebrews 7: 23- 8:6

Now, for in summation of the study we have in front of us; In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, Moses receives further instructions from God about the laws and statutes for the “Sacrifices”/”Offerings,” that are to be administered by the preiesthood for the children of Israel.

The law for the burnt offerings-Olah[עלה]; Aaron & his descendants were to dress themselves in the priestly garments of the linen to administer the works within the tabernacle, first. Then the priesthood were to offer the burning to be upon the altar, and it was to burn all night until the morning. [Lev. 6:8-13]

The lineage of the Levitical Priesthood_diagram by jesuswalk.com
The lineage of the Levitical Priesthood_diagram by jesuswalk.com
The Linen Garments of the Priesthood that worn when administering the works within the Tabernacle to God. _artwork provided by the Temple Institute

The law for the “meat”(also can be referred to as the meal/freewill/grain offerings-MinKH’ah[מנחה]; Aaron & his descendants were also to take in a freewill offering if, one was to be brought by someone of the congregation. The offerings was to be prepared with flour, oil, frankincense and to be burnt upon the altar to God. What was left over was to be eaten by the priesthood with unleavened bread, in the Holy Place of the Mishkan(Tabernacle). [Lev. 6:14-23]


The law of the sin offerings (referred to as the one of two of the “MOST HOLY OFFERINGS” along with the guilt offering; also could be known as a “purification” offering)-KH’atat[חטאת]; the sin offering was to make atonement for one, who had committed an offense unintentionally{no offering could atone for an intentional sin}. The sin offering’s blood was to be used within the Tabernacle but, the flesh was to be burned outside of even the camp of Tabernacle. [Lev. 6:24-30]


For the Ras Tafari & those whom immerse themselves in the languages of the ancients, I would like to address a very quaint note that I just happened to catch while going through this week’s portion of the Torah study. Many of the Ras Tafari elders in its beginning movements, unapologetically continued to make the assessments that the origin of the Hebrews/Israelites’ faith, & lineage rest within a Shemitic paradigm that has its foundation birthed from African spirituality. Though, many aspects of this conclusion have to be presented to overtake the bombarded minds of society.

[bombarded minds–what we call here @ Ras Tafari Renaissance, “THE BLIND I’z(eyes)“]

Ras Tafari Renaissance gives its testimony to these notions. & with that mouthful said, I would like for you ALL to take a look at the Hebrew word for sin. Its sound and pronunciation leads to the exact word for sin in the Ethiopian-Amharic language. Giving even more validity to the story of the Queen of Sheba & King Solomon, along with the traditional story of the re-establishment of the Hebrew/Israelite kingdom of Southern Judah in Ethiopia with the Sheba & Solomon’s child, Menyelik I. Now, why would make such a claim, you say? It is because this is only ONE of many words that have similar sounds and phonetics; take the word priest in both languages Hebrew says,Kohen- כֹּהֵן : Amharic says, Kahin-ካህን, or the word blessed,…Hebrew says, BaruKH’- ברוך  , Amharic says, Biruk- ቡሩክ . Seriously, this could go on for quite some time….But to bring this to summation, this also, appraises the reality of the existence of the Beta Israel(Ethiopian Jews); who’s lineage has been constantly challenged by other Jewish critics and idealists. So, to keep from going on & on, about this subject (as if I haven’t already, lol…) the word for sin in Hebrew is KH’at’a or KH’atat[ חטאת / חטאה ] & the same word comes to be called KH’atiat [ ኀጢአት ] in the Amharic language of Ethiopia… peculiar???,…maybe, maybe not.

The law for the peace offerings (also could be called the fellowship/freewill offerings)-Shelamiy’m[שלמים]; this offering was to be giving by anyone of the congregation in thanksgiving to God. There were also specifications of the offerings depending on the subject of the offering being given. Whether it be of thankfulness of a blessing from a vow, general thanksgiving to God, or for the joyous willingness of the heart.

& the law for the trespass offering (also was an offering considered “MOST HOLY OFFERINGS” along with sin offering & could be also called the guilt/reparation offering)-Asham[אשם]; this offering was to be brought for the atonement to the same place as the burnt offering, as well as, sprinkle the blood thereof round about the altar. There were also parts used in the Tabernacle, and the flesh burned outside the camp like the sin offering.

Hand gesture of the Kohanim(Priesthood) when giving a blessing.

After the laws were laid for the foundations of the sacrifices/offerings, Moses was to consecrate his brother Aaron, and his sons(along with ALL his descendants) to be the anointed priesthood, to carry out the works of God for the children of Israel.

Kohen(Priest’s) symbol on a gravesight tombstone
Yes, indeed!! Let the FORCE be with you!!
provided by Hebrew4Christians
provided by Hebrew4Christians
Pharrell Williams, made it big with his Star Trek recording label & used the Kohaniim priestly gesture all the while. Is anyone else feeling "out of the loop?",...well, you should.
Pharrell Williams, made it big with his Star Trek recording label & used the Kohaniim priestly gesture all the while. Is anyone else feeling “out of the loop?”,…well, you should.

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