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 Acḥáreï Mōt – אַחֲרֵי מוֹת; 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 10th – י, & on the 11th – יא, of the month of Ïyyâr – אִייָר, [ this month is also known & referred to from Scripture as “Ziv – זיו” especially in relationship to the Babylonian Exile. ] 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 the 28th – ፳፰, & on the 29th – ፳፱, of the ወርኀ(Wärha – month) of Mïyázïya – ሚያዝያ. In the Scriptures, what is also known as KéMōtū Be’Cḥʷalla – ከሞቱ በኋላ. The 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)).
Leviticus 16:1 – 18:30
In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, after the death Aaron’s two sons (Nadab & Abihu), Moses is instructed by God to teach the children of Israel his ways for properly conducting themselves for the service of the Tabernacle.
Nadab & Abihu
This portion of the Scriptures deals with the rituals which have become what is known today as Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement); Ethiopically known as “Astesryo Q’en” among the Hebrew/Judaic faithful. When Moses receives the laws and instruction for the practices to be conducted, he is instructed to “cast lots” upon two goats, for the children of Israel. One “lot” is to be cast for an offering to God & the other for a “scapegoat.”
[Lev. 16: 7-10]
Sending Out The Scapegoat _ [by Webb]
The one goat that was be presented before God, for a sin offering. The other goat was to be left alive, presented to God for an atonement & set free into the wilderness carrying the sins of the children of Israel away from the camp. This ritual along with the other practices of the offerings/sacrifice were to be done in the Tabernacle (Mishkan[HB] – Dinkʷan[ET]), especially as a statute for Israel on the 10th day of the 7th (Tishrei – תִּשְׁרִי) month.
other commandments, laws, and statutes were given to the children of Israel to follow to keep themselves set apart from the other people they might find themselves around.
** THIS WEEK’S READINGS ARE A DOUBLE-PORTION; TO KEEP AN ADEQUATE NUMBER OF TORAH PORTIONS READINGS FOR THE YEAR **
So, in continuation of this double portion we move on to Kedôshïm – קְדֹשִׁים; From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Qídusán – ቅዱሳን.
Leviticus 19:1- 20:27
Amos 9: 7-20
I Corinthians 6: 9-20
I Peter 1: 13-16
Kedoshi’yim – Q’dusan; has a literal English translation of “the holy ones,” or “the saints.”
The study begins with GOD speaking to Moses, and the children of Israel, saying “make thyselves Holy for He, himself is Holy.” God, intending to make the children of Israel, “up their game,” in one way or another, by slang terminology. But, in a literal sense, God sought the children of Israel to turn from ways that hadn’t gotten them anywhere spiritually, physically, and mentally, as a group. The children of Israel were to adhere to certain principles, laws, commandments, ordinances etc…..
The children of Israel were also given to more laws, commandments and statutes to live by, even while in the wilderness. Also, the tilling and agricultural aspects of what the Hebrew people were to align their workings to was given to them by the words of God. By Moses‘ teachings, given to him by God, the Hebrews were able to begin to formulate and sharpen skills needed to continue building the seed of the nation, which was promised to their predecessors; Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob.
“The Gleaners” by Gustave Dore’ (1865)