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 Be’Har – בְּהַר, (Har Sinai – ) on the 19th – יט, & on the 20th – כ, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel; on of the month of Iyyar (אִייָר) or otherwise known as Ziw(v) – [זיו] . (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 of the month of Iyar-אִייָר. [“Iyar”], from its Shemitic root is an Akkadian name “Ayarru” – , which has a literal meaning in English as “blossom or, to blossom”; Iyar is also referred to as “Zi(w)v –זיו “= from its Hebrew origin means, “to light or glow”] (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 BeSïna Tärrárá – በሲና ተራራ, on the 19th – ፲፱, & the 20th – ፳, of the month (ወርኀ) of G’nbot – ግንቦት. 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).
Leviticus 25: 1- 26:2
Jeremiah 32: 6-27
Luke 4: 16-21
“Upon the Mountain,”…that mountain between Egypt and Israel.
Atop, Mount Sinai, God spoke to Moses with instructions for the children of Israel when they were to come into the land that was promised to them. For example, upon entry into the Land of Promise, an order was to be put into practice for the tilling of the land/earth.
The land was to be given its rest in the seventh year, just as the Hebrews were to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day perpetually.(from generation-to-generation) This form of agriculture has come to us in the Hebrew word_ Shemittah–שמטה (Sabbitical year [Sabbath year] _is a credible translation). In the year of rest, the farmers, who were of the children of Israel were NOT to till the soil or harvest that of the work of their hands from the crops. The land was to be in a Sabbath year or resting year from plowing and working.
[Lev. 25: 1-7]
This study portion also contains commandments based laws, for the children of Israel when dealing in the realm of governing the sale of lands, and eradicating fraud and usury(or misuse). The land was not to be sold, but to be kept, by the “sowers & reapers” of it.
[Lev. 25: 23-30]
In agriculture, which would become a facet of Israelite heritage and daily life, guidelines were presented in the fashion of practicality and spiritual upliftment to the children of Israel. Take for instance, the Shemittah:
The institution for the observance(s) of the Jubilee years, was also a focal point in the study portion of the Scriptures. The Hebrews also were instructed in Mosaic lawful manner that contributed to a wholesome, and wholistic way of life.