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 W(V)aYakhel – וַיַּקְהֵל. On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 27th – כז, & on the 28th – כח, of the month of Adar – אֲדָר , 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 15th – ፲፭, & on the 16th – ፲፮, of the month of Megâbït – መጋቢት. In the Scriptures, what is also known as Seb’s’bo – ሰብስቦ. 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).
Exodus 35:1- 38:20
I Kings 7: 40-50
II Corinthians 9: 6-11
I Corinthians 3: 11-18
This portion of the study of the Scriptures, Moses gathers the children of Israel together to relay rules & regulations for the Sabbath, & how they are to conduct themselves and teach the following generations as a statute among them, forever. Moses also gave instructions to the children of Israel for the construction of the Tabernacle.
[Exod. 35: 1-19]
Moses, also explained that there would be two chosen among them that would offer their craftsmanship, and work to construct a place where God could come and dwell among the children of Israel while they made their way through the . Then were found Betz’aleel ben-Uri (ben Uri = son of Uri), out of the tribe of Judah, & Aholiab ben-Achiycamakh (ben Achiycamakh = son of Achiycamakh) out of the tribe of Dan; were called by God to be the chief artisans/masons of the Tabernacle in the wilderness. But this didn’t exclude any of the wise-hearted (men or women: [Exod. 35: 20-26]), skilled and resourceful among the children of Israel to participate.
[Exod. 35: 20-35]
Aholiab & Betza’leel : skilled craftsmen of Israel
While the people brought willingly to God, the items for the construction of the Tabernacle, which they could provide; it was brought to Moses’ attention that they brought more than what would be needed. Moses then gave commandment and proclamation to the children of Israel that they be restrained from bringing anymore gifts/offerings to the builders and the wise-hearted for the service.
terumah – parsha (contrubitions-gifts-offerings)
The children of Israel, then went on to construct the Tabernacle in the wilderness for YHWH to come and dwell amongst them. Dividing the tasks of workmanship among each other, the Hebrews worked diligently constructed the ornaments of the Tabernacle, like the outer courts’ pillars, and the curtains. The skilled and blessed craftsmen continued their work until all the vestments of the priests,and all of the furniture of the inner sanctum were completed.
*THIS WEEK’S TORAH STUDY INCLUDES A DOUBLE-PORTION TO HAVE AN ADEQUATE NUMBERING OF THE TORAH READINGS FOR THE ENTIRE YEAR*
In addition, to this Hebrew Shabbot (or Sabbath day) in conjunction with our Jewish/Hebrew cycle of readings, in thorough discernment, we have come to the opening of the double-portion Torah reading with Pékūdei – פְקוּדֵי, from a Jewish/Hebrew mode of study for those out in the diaspora, living outside of Jerusalem or Israel. From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as Ϊ’Qă D’mr Y’h Näw – ዕቃ ድምር ይህ ነው.
Exodus 38: 21- 40:38
I Kings 7: 51- 8:21
Hebrews 1: 1-14
I Cor. 3: 16,17
** SHABBAT ROSH CH’ODESH **
In this portion of the study of the Scriptures, the accounting of the offerings given by the children of Israel’s contribution to the Mishkan(tabernacle), is taken by Moses and Aaron. The continuous diligent works of the builders and wise hearted, not only contribute to the tent, and all its furniture, but the garments the priests they made also.
Even by census, did the children of Israel walk in the ways of the God of Israel. The vestments of priesthood(Levites), along with all of the furnishings of theSanctuary and Outer Court were taken in by sum to complete the rising of the Tabernacle.
Moses, made a blessing upon all of the instruments that were set to be used by the children of Israel. He also consecrated the priesthood which consisted of Aaron, and his descendants. They were ordained to be the servicemen for the work of the Tabernacle.
Once the tabernacle was finished and all the furnishing were placed in the positions appointed; a cloud descended upon the tent, & did not part from it. By day; a cloud hovered over the tabernacle & by night; a pillar of fire dwelt above.