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35th RSS#(፴፭/לה) 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 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 Naso – נָשֹׂא, on the 11th יא, & the 12th יב, of the month of Sïw[v]án-(סִיוָן) in the year of 5776. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2008/7508; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as W’säd – ውሰድ, on the 10th – ፲, & on the 11th – ፲፩, of the month (ወርኀ) of Sänæy – ሰኔ.  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).

Readings:

Numbers 4: 21- 7:89

Judges 13: 2-25

Acts 21: 17-26

Naso, the study portion of the Scriptures for this Sabbath, deals with the collecting of the numbers of the children of Israel.  Moses, was instructed by God, to number the children of Israel by Hebrew tribal lineage(family[-ies]).  And so, did he and his brother Aaron.

naso - parsha (Camp Israel)

All of the tribes, were assembled and numbered but, the Levite tribe, was to be not counted along with the Tribes of Israel, but to be numbered of their own families for the service of Tabernacle.  While in the wilderness, the tribe of Le(w)vi, were to be of Aaron’s line, and serve God and the children of Israel as the priesthood.

[Numb. 4: 21-28]

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Levitical arrangement in the Encampment round about the Tabernacle in the Wildernerss

Now, in a sense, this “numbering” was more like completing a type of census.  The numbering of the priesthood, those able men who should serve in the office of the Tabernacle, from age thirty-to-fifty.  After the counting was complete, the duties of the priesthood were listed to the specific sections of the families of Levites(priesthood).  

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi'yim-Hbr)

the Levites(Lewawiyan-Amh/Lewi’yim-Hbr) _ painting by James J. Tissot

The priestly duties were assigned to families of the Levites where; the Gershonites, were to keep the charge of the curtains and coverings of the Tabernacle, the hangings for the doors of the court, and for the gate of the court round about the altar, the cords and all the instruments of the service.

[Numb. 4: 24-28]

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

the Holy Place of Tabernacle (1st vail)

The Merari, were to keep the charge of the boards, all of the bars, all of the pillars of the court round about , the sockets, and the pins, and their cords, along with all the instruments of their service in the priesthood in the Tabernacle.

[Numb. 4: 29-33]

tabernacle coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Tabernacle Coverings (from depiction in Believer’s Mag.)

Now, the Kohathites, were to be numbered within the families of Levites(priesthood) but their responsibilities in service were laid out by God, from the previous portion of the Scripture study.

[Numb. 4: 1-20]

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

Sanctuary of the Tabernacle

When Aaron and his sons, had made coverings for all of the sanctuary, and all the vessels, as the camp set forward {[to move]}; after that the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. 

[Numb. 4: 15-20;  Chpt. 4: 34-37]

Kohathites bearing the Ark of the Covenant(Testimony)

Kohathites bearing the Ark of the Covenant(Testimony)

Then, God instructed Moses and Aaron, along with the assistance of the priesthood to purify the camp of the children of Israel.  Helping the children of Israel to heal through keeping the statutes and commandments of God, and purging themselves, being a sanctified people to their God. The Hebrews also, learned the ways in which, they were to interact with each other; making amends if one was to offend another.

[Numb. 5: 1-10]

the Leper

the Leper

If a husband were to accuse his wife, in a fit of jealousy of being unfaithful, [the Sotah סוטה ]was a means to bring clarity to the situation.

[Numb. 5: 1-31]

Wayward Wife - (the suspected unfaithful wife) - Sotah

Wayward Wife – (the suspected unfaithful wife) – Sotah _ [from chabad.org]

Also, the vow of the Nazirite, was a focus point of this study portion, as God spoke to Moses in instructing the children of Israel.  God said to Moses, if any of the children of Israel wish to separate themselves to God by a vow, then there were rules to follow in accordance to such.

[Numb. 6: 1-21]

Samson ben-Manoah

Samson ben-Manoah (Nazarite from the Womb)

The priestly blessing that was also told to Moses by God.  Moses, was to teach Aaron and his sons, the blessing so that they should perform service of blessing the children of Israel, to put God’s name upon them, so they could receive it.

[Numb. 6: 24-26]

Birakt Kohaniim - Priestly Blessing

Birkat Kohaniim – Priestly Blessing

All things going into their rightful places, ordered by God’s word; from there, the Tabernacle was consecrated as Moses completed setting up the Tabernacle, anointing it and all of the instruments for the services.  the Princes of Israel, or the twelve(12) heads of their fathers households, brought each of their own offerings from the tribes they came out of.

[Numb. 7]

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✡ Festival of Weeks/”FirstFruits” – መከር በኲራት ነዶ – שבועות – Shab(v)uot ✡

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

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Ras Tafari Renaissance writes to give perspective to the Hebraic celebration or festival of Shab(v)uot.  This celebration is also known as  the “festival of Weeks“: or could be also called the “First Fruits.”  Here RRR, writes to give some insight, and perspective on the High Holy day mainly because, it is what would be apart of the Shalosh Regalimשלוש רגלים– (Three Pilgrimage Festivals) [ie…including Passover, & Sukkot, which would complete the Pilgrimage festival cycle]), which is known well throughout modern Judaism traditionalism.  But, while giving Biblical restoration tidbits of information for the education of those who may or may not have any recollection in the mind of what Shabuout is as a representative of….Also, in how the original Christian church, which is Hebraic in original ties into the Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox’s, celebration of Pentecost.

[giving honorific mention also to those Eastern-Orthodox churches as well as any Christian church that still holds the rituals and rites for this commemoration]

YeIgr Menged Selassie - Shalosh Regaliim

Shabuot, is a celebration that memorializes the giving of the Biblical Law, (commonly now known as, the Torah-in modern Judaism) to the children of Israel, in entirety, as a nation on Mount Sinai, after the Exodus from the land of Egypt.

http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/shavuot

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The Torah, (Biblical) mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover [Nisan/Abib 2], to be immediately followed by Shab(v)uot.  This counting of days and weeks is understood to express anticipation and desire for the giving of the Torah.

shabuot-festival of weeks4

The Hebraic or commonly known as “Jewish,” holiday occurs on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Siw(v)an-סִיוָן(usually in late May or early June).

blessing haShabuot– from hebrew4christians.com

Shabuot, is also known to be a festival of harvest, or reaping festival.  It is another version that can be assessed as a reaping of souls as well.  In the Christians’ celebration of Pentecost, the teachings come from the coming down of the Holy Spirit upon the disciples after Christ crucifixion and resurrection.

shabuout-festival of weeks[pentacost-jesus-mafa]

– Acts 2

To assure the devotion of the twelve along with other present with them in the time of trials, God sent his Spirit upon in the midst of his people to assure them that no matter the consequences in the world; he would be with them always….

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Readings (for more education on the subject matter):

Exodus 23: 16

Exodus 34: 21, 22

Leviticus 19:9

Leviticus 23: 10, 22

Deuteronomy 24: 19

shabuot-festival of weeks3

From an Ethiopian perspective, which more than likely had a heavy influence on the Hellenistic Jewry, (ie…Judeo-Christian [origin] root) gives per insight on the teachings of Pentecost in relation to the Hebraic celebration/memorialization of Shabuot.

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Also in the Ethiopic tradition the festival of Pentcost (Shabuot), is recognized by calculation of the priests, and laymen. The Feast of Pentecost, always begins on Sunday(Ihud[እሁድ]-Senbete Krystiyan[ሰንበቴ ክርስቲያን])፣ and cannot come before the 15th of the Ethiopian month of G’nbot; also cannot be after the 19th of Ethiopic month of Sänäï

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– Ethiopian artistic rendition of the Biblical accounts in Acts of the Apostles; Chpt. 2

Reading (for education):

Acts 2: 1

Acts 20: 16

I Corinthians 16: 8

shabuot (ethiopic-amharic translation-Mek[ḥ]er BeKʷirat Nedo)

SHABUOT:

FESTIVAL OF WEEKS

FIRST FRUITS”

“PENTECOST”

shavuot readings