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 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) 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, more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Nitz’ab(v)im – נִצָּבִים.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5780-5781, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 22nd כב, & the 23rd – כג, day of the Hebrew month of the month of Elūl – אֱלוּל , 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 and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is also known as Q’omahKH’wal – ቆማችኋል, also on the 1st – , & on the 2nd – , of the month of Mäskäräm – መስከረምThe Ethiopic calendar 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).


Deuteronomy 29:10- 30:20

Isaiah 61:10- 63:9

Romans 10: 1-12

In this portion of the Scripture studies’, Moses tells the people that adherence and obedience to the laws, which they were given/taught would allow them to prolong their days in the land, & make them fruitful in abundance; but, turning away would lead them to destruction.  Only turning to the ways which the children of Israel were taught would the God of the Hebrews, accept them again into grace.

[Deut. 29: 10-13]

Israel's Nitz'abim/QomachKH'wal ("ones standing", "standing ones", "ones who will stand" ; by translation) _ artist of piece Unknown
Painting shows a relation to Israel’s Nitz’abim/QomachKH’wal (“ones standing”, “standing ones”, “ones who will stand” ; by translation) _ artist of piece Unknown

Because of their waywardness, God spoke to Moses, telling him to teach the Israelites that the covenant would not only pertain to them alone, though Israel would be a people to God(himself); but, the covenant would also include those that would stand with Israel, once upon hearing the words of the book of the Law.  Those who would not hearken to the word, of course, would be a testament to the judgment of disobedience.

[Deut. 29: 13-29]

Blessings And Curse

Knowing these things and that they were taught them, being the children of Israel, it would call to remembrance the Blessing & the Curse of the Law.

[Deut. 30: 1-20]


**A DOUBLE-PORTION of the Scriptures Readings is attributed to this Sabbath**

With that said, we also take the time to study the parsha of W(V)eyelech’k – וַיֵּלֶךְ , which corresponds with the portion of Musey’m Heydo – ሙሴም ሄዶ.

In this second installation of the Sabbath readings for this week; Moses prepared the children of Israel to go into the land of Promise.  Moses, being an hundred and twenty years old, knew that the time had come when God said that he would not cross the Jordan.  Because, he did not sanctify God, at the waters of Meribah, he would go to sleep with his fathers, instead of enter into the Promised Land.  Moses is instructed to charge Joshua ben-Nun(the son of Nun) to lead the people in the ways God had commanded them.

[Deut. 31: 1-8]

musey sees the promised land

Moses then, wrote the words of the Law, and had them placed into the Ark of the Covenant by the priests(ie. the Levites) and all the elders of Israel.

[Deut. 31: 9]

{the words of the LAWTorah, were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, along with the “Budded” Staff of High Priest Aaron(Moses’ brother), and the manna, which the God of the Hebrew people-El Elohe Israel, gave to the children of Israel in the wilderness}

He also instructed the children of Israel to set apart the Seventh Year as the “Year of Release”(or the Shemittah-), during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths/Ingathering(ie. Sukkot-סֻכּוֹת), all of Israel should come to hear the Law, to call it to their remembrance for their following generations to know and obey.

[Deut. 31: 10-13]

Sukkot_4 Species
Sukkot_4 Species

Moses brought Joshua in the presence of all Israel to bless him, give him his charge, where God was present with them.  For God knew that the children of Israel would turn away from the ways that they were taught.

[Deut. 31: 14-30]

Moses Blesses Joshua _painting by James Tissot
Moses Blesses Joshua _painting by James Tissot

Sabbath Readings’ Companion book

– the Ras Tafari Sabbath Companion Booklet to the cyclical Torah Readings. Hebraic in essence, & Christened in interpretation. A very valuable tool when teaching to children, or introducing one’s self to the Judaic/Hebraic forms of approaching study of the Scripture in entirety.


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