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7th RSS# (፯/ז) Portion Study

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

RRR - prototype (2015-16)

I welcome you all to a new regenartion 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) 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 W(V)aYetz’e – וַיֵּצֵא.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5776, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 8th –  ח, & the 9th – ט, of the month of Kislew(v) – כִּסְלֵו, 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 2008/2028/7508, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 10th – ፲, & the 11th – ፲፩,  of the (ወርኀ)month of Ch’ədár – ኅዳር.  In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as We’Tito – ወጥቶThe 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).

Readings:

Genesis 28:10 – 32:3

Hosea 12: 13- 14:9

John 1: 19-51

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This portion of the Scriptures tells of how Jacob left Canaan, for Haran.  He was told by his parents, Isaac & Rebekah to seek out the people of Rebekah‘s brother, Laban.  But while in route, Jacob fell asleep and was sent a vision from God(YHWH).

[Gen. 28:10-22]

XIV

Jacob, after going off to sleep, had a vision of a ladder that had angels ascending & descending upon it.

wayetze - parsha [jacobs dream of the ladder]

Coming to a well, Jacob met the people of Laban , and his daughter Rachel.  Jacob, later found himself twenty years in dowry to Laban for Rachel, whom he longer for.

(Scripture from the KJV gives the name of the people [of Laban;Bethuel;Rebekah;Sarah&Abraham] as “Syrian(s)“; but, its Masoretic text from the original Hebrew is more accurately “Aram” or “Aramaens“) : see http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexImage.cfm?tv=1417200950789&ahttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aram ; http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=EC6XbOANT04C&pg=PA297&dq=aram+canaan+highlands+lowlands&hl=en&ei=jkTqTcLsBMa78gPX5djDAQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CC4Q6AEwADge#v=onepage&q=aram%20canaan%20highlands%20lowlands&f=false 

[Gen. 29:1-30]

rachel at the well

Jacob begins to have children and time spends quickly as he has comes to the feeling that returning to his land would be more suitable for his large family and possessions.

[Gen. 30]

Jacob-"Israel"'s children

The wives of Jacob, and their children had cleaved to him, for favor was with Jacob, in the God of his fathers.  So, Jacob gathered his family, cattle and set out to return to his father, Isaac.  Even at the pursuit of Laban, but Laban, could send his blessing for his children, and grandchildren, because God had blessed him since Jacob had come to live among his people.  So the two(Jacob & Laban) made a covenant between each other, because Laban knew that God’s favor was with Jacob.

Jacob's Extended Family Tree (hebrew4christians)-composed at hebrew4christians

wayetze - parsha [Sistine_Chapel_Jacob_and_Rachel]

Upon the birth of his Joseph, Jacob then turned to Laban and set go out from among Laban and his people, seeking to return from where came in Canaan.  Taking all that he had, his wives, children and their belongings he set off for Canaan.

[Gen. 30: 25 – 31:55]

Jacob & Laban's covenant

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5th RSS# (፭/ה) Portion Study

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

RRR - prototype (2015-16)

I welcome you all to a new regenartion 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) 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 Cḥayei Sarah-חַיֵּי שָׂרָה.  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5776, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 25th – כה , & the 26th – כו, of the month of Cḥeshw(v)an-חֶשְׁוָן, [this Hebraic month is also known as; Mar’Cḥeshw(v)an-מַרְחֶשְׁוָן]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 2008/2028/7508, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 26th – ፳፮, & the 27th – ፳፯,  of the (ወርኀ)month of T’Qĭmt-ጥቅምት.  In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as YeSaram Id’mey-የሣራም ዕድሜThe 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).

Readings:

Genesis 23: 1- 25:18

I Kings 1: 1-31

Matthew 1: 1-17

I Corinthians 15: 50-57

In this fifth kifil(portion), of our study of Scripture, tell about how Abraham made negotiations to procure a burial place, in the time of the passing of his wife Sarah.  Abraham left his origin in Ur of the Chaldees, to sojourn into the land of Canaan.

[Gen. 23]

abraham and sarah

This portion also tells of the mission, for a wife for the Abraham’s son, Isaac; among his own people.  The suggestion was made in urgency by Abraham’s wife Sarah.

[Gen. 24: 1-58]

Rebecca meets with a servant of Abraham.

– Eliezer and Rebecca (18th Century painting by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo)

Rebekah, agrees to take part in the mission’s fulfillment of the servant of Abraham, & she travels to meet, Abraham’s son, Isaac.

Rebecca(Rebekah) - ርብቃ - רִבְקָה

Rebecca(Rebekah) – ርብቃ – רִבְקָה

Rebecca Meets Isaac By the Way _ painting by James J. Tissot

Rebecca Meets Isaac By the Way _ painting by James J. Tissot

lech lecha - parsha [sarai-sarah]5 (3)

Isaac – ይሰሐቅ – יצחק

who could become her husband.

[Gen. 24: 58-67]

Gensis 24: 65 "...therefore she[Rebekah] took a vail, and covered herself..."

Abraham, also took a another wife, who’s name was Keturah, & Keturah bare Abraham children also.

[Gen. 25]

Keturah; Abraham's third wife

 

abrahamic lineage

chayei sarah - parsha [seeds of Abraham and Keturah]

compiled at savethetruearabs.proboards.com/thread/469/

♔ Coronation Day – Nov. 2, 1930 – “Day of the LORD” ♔

Ras Tafari Renaissance commemorates the Coronation & Wedding of His Imperial Majesty & Her Imperial Highness of Ethiopia.  Ras Tafari, holds this days in history as fulfillment of Scripture, & the beginning of the redemption of the children of Israel.

November 2nd, 1930

His/Her Imperial Majesties‘ wedding & ascent to the Ethiopian thrones of heraldy in the Empire, brought about questions and inquiries about Biblical prophecy among many other things.  This intensified curiosity on one point, and knowledge of history also, prophetic fulfillment brought 72 nations to the ceremonies held in Ethiopia, of year 1930.

http://rastaites.com/HIM/biblecoronation.html

Foreign Dignitaries present at the Coronation of H.I.M.

Emperor Haile Sellassie I’s coronation was a fulfillment of the the 400 year prophecy of the children of Abraham.  (which more specifically was fulfilled at the H.I.M.’s birth [July 23rd, 1892])

[Gen. 15:13]

1492 A.D. – 1892 A.D. = 400 years

edict of expulsion of the moors and jews (moorish spain)

During this period between the years of 1492 until 1892, the children of Abraham, from our research and study here at RRR finds that there was much tribulation. (including the Expulsion from Europe, the Fall of Timbuktu, Sognhay & Ghana, the trans-Atlantic slave trade, etc.)

National Geographic published an issue with the coronation as the cover story and lavished accolades onto the monarch in a way that was unprecedented in talking about Africans. Indeed, many attempts were made by media to discredit Selassie’s “blackness”–after all he was a descendant of King Solomon!

http://www.largeup.com/2010/11/02/coronation-day-80-years-of-haile-selasse-i/

crowns of HIM-n-HER

3rd RSS# (፫/ג) Portion Study

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

RRR - prototype (2015-16)

I welcome you all to a new regenartion 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) 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 Lecḥ Lecḥá – לֶךְ-לְךָ .  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5776, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 10th-י , & the 11th-יא, of the month of Cḥeshw(v)an-חֶשְׁוָן, [this Hebraic month is also known as; Mar’Cḥeshw(v)an-מַרְחֶשְׁוָן]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 2008/2028/7508, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 12th-፲፪, & the 13th-፲፫,  of the (ወርኀ)month of T’Qĭmt-ጥቅምት.  In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as Tӓlӓytӓ Wӓṭăh – ተለይተህ ወጣThe 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).

Readings:

Genesis 12:1 – 17:27

Isaiah 40:27 – 41:16

Romans 4: 1-25

Leaving off with descendants of Noah, from the last portion of the Scripture studies, LeKH’ LeKH’a-לֶךְ-לְךָ is the set of readings for this Sabbath.

Abram of Ur, in Chaldea, a descendant of Noah, was spoken to by God.

[Gen. 12:1]

Ur(Chaldea), near the Euphrates & Tigiris rivers.

Abram, was told by God to leave his country and people, in Chaldea.  So Abram, left with Sarai(his wife), and Lot(his nephew) traveled south.  God sought to bless Abram, exceedingly.

[Gen. 12: 2-10]

Gen. 12:2 ; Gen.15:5

Famine in those lands took Abram to Egypt, where passed off his wife, as his sister; for he feared he would be killed because of her beauty, in the sight of the Egyptians.

 

lech lecha - parsha (abrmcov)

 But, because of her beauty Pharaoh sought to entreat her, for he sought to make her a wife of his.  But, his mind was plagued because of Sarai(Abram’s wife).  So much so, that he confronted Abram about the situation and ended up sending on their way peacefully, with quite hefty caravan.

[Gen. 12: 10-20]

Abram's caravan leaving Egypt _ painting by James Tissot (1890's circa)

Abraham’s Caravan _ painting by James J. Tissot

While in Egypt, Abram and his family acquired very much, in riches.  But, if got to the point where there was strife among them, (within their camps).  Lot(Abram’s nephew) and Abram, consolidated to negotiate not to struggle with each other for there was so much land, that they need not quarrel over anything.

[Gen. 13: 1-12]

But, the men of Sodom, near where Abram had made a place for him cattle, herds, and possessions were a wicked and distasteful people.  Wickedness abounded so much so, to the point that Abram separated himself from among them, at Mamre, in Hebron.

[Gen. 13: 13-18]

The Three Altars of Abraham

War, in those days, between many kings of many nations, brought Sodom & Gomorrah to an expected destruction.

[Gen. 14: 1-24]

Melchizedeq

Fortunately, Abram was able to bring Lot out, just before meeting Melchizedek; the king of Salem.

 

Santa Pollinare Mosaic - Order of Melchizedek

Abram, was then blessed by God, in that by his wife Sarai, who was barren, would give birth to a son. (even in their old age)  Abram was given vision by God, that his seed would be innumerable, for he would be the father of many nations.  God instructed Abram, to make offerings, he did it & guarded it.

[Gen. 15: 1-11]

lech lecha - parsha [Tissot_Abram_Guarding_His_Sacrifice]

Then Abram had visions of the future generations of his to come.

[Gen. 15: 12-21]

Sarai, feeling as though she had been restrained by God from bearing any children, gave Abram, her maid, Hagar(Agar), who was an Egyptian, in attempt beget children of AbramHagar, conceived of Abram, but saw Sarai, differently afterwards. (by contempt)  Sarai, then feeling as though she brought about strife in Abram‘s house, she brought the plight to Abram, and wanted Abram to put her away.  God, complied because he sought to make the child of Hagar & Abram, a mighty nations of his own. (his name would be Ishmael)

[Gen. 16: 1-16]

Hagar & Isma'il (ibn Ibrahim)

Between Abram & God, was a covenant made: for he would the father of many nations, and be fruitful exceedingly, kings would be from him, the land between the two rivers would be of his possession, & the land of Canaan would be for an everlasting possession, his seed shall circumcise their flesh(males); also he & his wife would have new names.  Instead of Abram, his name would be Abraham & instead of Sarai, her name would be Sarah.

Abraham would also have a son, which he would name Isaac, his son Ishmael would grow to be a mighty nation.

[Gen. 17: 1-21]

And, these were the facets that made up, what is known as the Abraham Covenant

** Notes: **

further study

– Galatians 4:21 -5:1

– Hebrews 7

✡Hōshánna Raba (הושענא רבא) ✤ Hosaïna (ሆሣዕና)✡

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

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 This is Lidj Yefdi, wishing everyone a very blessed recogition of Hoshana!
This Hebraic celebration culminates the appointed time of the High Holy days congruent with Sukkot.
The final day of Sukkot brings us to Hoshanna Raba.  Hoshanna Raba, is the commemoration of the “Supplication,” or the “Divine Judgment.”

Orthodox Jews, and other Chassidic sects gather for a special service.  In this special service the participants make seven (7) circuits in ritual, around the synagogue with their made lula(b)v & etrons.  (*symbolic of Sukkot)

Sephardic Jew on the Hebraic celebration of Hoshanna Raba.

Sephardic Jew on the Hebraic celebration of Hoshanna Raba.

In variating sects, the Shofar(or the trumpet) is sounded after every circuit is made.  The Torah scrolls are taken out of the made Arks on this commemoration day as well.  Reasoning behind these ritualistic principles is recognizing the “Final Judgment” in the last days from the initiation of the seasonal appointed times. (Hebraic holidays)*

hebrew-calendar-months-and-feast-cycle

Judgment , in doctrine of the European Jewish theory, for the new year is sealed on Yom Kippur but, not delivered until Hoshanna.  These teachings come from the original interpretation of the celebration, and memorials of the Hebrew people, especially from the time of the 2nd Temple of Jerusalem.

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In the Midrash, there is also another application containing the willow.  “The “Day of the Willow,” when on the seventh day, traditionally participants in Hoshanna Raba take a willow and have it present with the other “4 Species” or “4 Kinds”.  (of the symbols from Sukkot)*

Sukkot-4species

Now, from an Ethiopic perspective and a Christian one, Hosanna (Hoshanna) takes on a bit a different interpretation.  But, repentance is most certainly a theme echoed in it as well.  But, also with that repentance is the recognition of the significance of Christ. of course.  Christ rode into Jerusalem on the back of donkey(ass) with the Disciples and the palms, were carried by all of the people.  Very significant when you are able to compare this from Scripture to the practices and tradtions of the Jewish and Hebrew people celebration Hoshanna.

Ethiopian painting of Hosanna. Christ rides into Jerusalem with palms being carried by the people. He was welcomed liked royalty into Holy City of David.

Ethiopian painting of Hosanna. Christ rides into Jerusalem with palms being carried by the people. He was welcomed liked royalty into Holy City of David.

Notes:

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4495/jewish/Hoshana-Rabbah.htm

Matt. 21:9 ; 15 ; Mrk. 11:9-10 ;  Jhn. 12:13

http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/judaica/ejud_0002_0009_0_09257.html

http://www.ethiopianorthodoxchurch.info/CalanderFastsFeastsDays.html

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Hoshana_Rabbah/hoshana_rabbah.html

✡ Sukkot(סֻכּוֹת)_ Das Be’Al ✤ (ዳስ በዓል) _ “Tabernacles/Booths” ✡

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

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This is Lidj Yefdi, wishing everyone a very blessed Sukkot! Ras Tafari Renaissance apologizes for not posting for this memorial earlier, as the Sukkot celebration began for this year.  Other names for this High Holy Day, are the “Festival of Booths,” the “Tabernacles,” and the “Ingathering.”

sukkot4

The Festival of Sukkot begins on the 15th, of the Hebrew month of Tishrei & is observed for seven days. (five days after Yom Kippur) 

[Lev. 23: 34- ; Deut. 16: 13-15]

Hebrew-Feasts

Sukkot is the third, of the Shalosh Regalim or the “Three Pilgrimage Festivals of Israel.”

Shalosh Regalim- Three Pilgrimage Festivals; in which an emphasis on men of the Hebrew lineage were to make for the God of Israel.

Shalosh Regalim- Three Pilgrimage Festivals; in which an emphasis on men of the Hebrew lineage were to make for the God of Israel.

Sukkot is a very joyous festival/feast day, & there are various ways of maintaining observances.  In the final of day of the memorial of Sukkot, the day is referred to as HoShanna Rabbah, which is a special observance with the use of bundling willow branches.

Sukkot_4 Species

Sukkot_4 Species

Sukkot, in summation is the children of Israel residing in a temporary state, resembling & calling to remembrance the time in the wilderness post-Exodus but, pre-entering into the Land of Promise.

Hebrew Sukkah - L, & an Ethiopian Tekul - R.

Hebrew Sukkah – L, & an Ethiopian Tekul – R.

STUDY NOTES:

Leviticus 23: 33-36

Deuteronomy 16: 13-16

http://www.mechon-mamre.org/jewfaq/holiday5.htm

http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday5.htm

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Sukkot/sukkot.html

✡ Rosh HaShanah: Ras Tafari ✤ (Yamim Nora’im-ימים נוראים) ✡

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

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Welcome, once again, to another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance!  On this post, the subject which we intend to cover is ushering in Hebrew Observances, that should be relevant and incorporated into the Ras Tafari consciousness.

Since the inception of Ras Tafari it has been clear that the Ras Tafarians proclaim ancestral heritage with Hebraic peoples of antiquity.  Sharing ancestry with the Imperial House of David’s, Solomonic Dynasty, in Ethiopia; by way of King Solomon & the Queen of Sheba.  With that said, seeing how Ethiopia has become the ONLY Christian church upholding its Hebraic traditions intact, it should hold a critical place in the Ras Tafari faithful and those alike’s minds to adhere to original Christian and Hebraic practices.

Hebrew-Feasts

So, in this post we here at Ras Tafari Renaissance would like to put forward, that all that continue to, and are maybe, just checking out this site for the first time on notice.  In the continuance of bringing you all, Ras Tafari interpretations of the Scriptures from a Bible-based foundation, we’ll also bring about the basics of over-standing Hebraic Observances/Holidays/Holy Days, and build on that foundation.

yamim noraiim - 10 days of awe - (aseret yamei teshuba)

As the Hebraic civil year comes to a close [5775 H.C.] from ancient ways of time-keeping to the more modern ways, Ras Tafari Renaissance comes to the Hebraic New Year [5776 H.C.], with the anticipation of bringing the blog viewers into a deeper understanding of what is being produced here on this site.  Bringing more of the Hebrew and Amharic languages, into comprehension and use.

roshchodesh

For tonight, will bring in the new month of Tisrei-תִּשְׁרֵי .

[Lev. 23: 24]

“…the seventh month, the first day of the month, ye shall have a sabbath, a memorial, of blowing of trumpets(shofar), an holy convocation…”

a member of the Commandments Keepers, from NYC, blowing the Shofar.

a member of the Commandments Keepers Congregation, from NYC, blowing the Shofar.

& as [Numbers 29:1] says, the festival/memorial will be Yom Teruah-יום תרועה , (“Blowing of the Horn“)

ordering of the Hebrew months

ordering of the Hebrew months

for more information on this Holy Day & others, check under the NOTES…..

*NOTES

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Rosh_Hashannah/rosh_hashannah.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Days_of_Repentance#Rosh_Hashanah_rituals

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4644/jewish/Rosh-Hashanah.htm

http://hoshanarabbah.org/yom_teruah.html

  • Ethiopian Equivalents; EnQutatash-እንቁጣጣሽ , or Meleket D’mts Metasebiyah-መለከት ድምፅ መታሰቢያ/Mebacha Qen-መባቻ ቀን http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Enkutatash

http://rastaites.com/Ethiopia/newyear.htm

Ethiopian_New_Year_Enkutatash