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RSS #2 (የኖኅ/נֹחַ)

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

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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 Nōăcḥ – נוֹחַ [נֹחַ.]  On the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in this year 5777, this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 3rd-ג , the 4th-ד, 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 2009/2029/7509, on the Ethiopic calendar.  This calculation, with its readings from the Scriptures, would align to the 25th – ፳፭, & the 26th – ፳፮,  of the (ወርኀ)month of T’Qĭmt – ጥቅምት.  In the Scriptures, this portion of study would also be known as YeNōḥ – የኖኅ.  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).

Readings:

Genesis 6:9 – 11:32

Isaiah 54:1- 55:5

Matthew 24: 36-46

Hebrews 11:7

I Peter 3: 18-22

**SHABBAT ROSH CḤODESH (CḤESHW[v]AN/Mar – CḤESHW[v[AN)***

rosh chodesh cheshwan-chehsvan (marcheshwan-marcheshvan)

As we enter into our second portion of the study of the Scriptures, we give thanks to Abba-Father, for his grace and seek continuously his knowledge & wisdom, earnestly.

This portion of study comprises the story of Noah and his three(3) sons, also the Tower of Babel.  Three very intricate stories, that have told & re-told from various perspectives.  But, in this compilation we focus on the ancient Hebraic, Ethiopic-Christian and the modern Ras Tafarian perspectives; mainly to stay on topic and bring forward a balanced viewpoint unbiased to the truth of these elaborate mythos.

noach - parsha [epic-of-gilgamesh-flood-myth]

In continuation of the Torah studies, on this Sabbath the times of Noah, are the focus.  The study portions deal mostly with the Great Flood, (which has a significant resemblance of the Epic of Gilgamesh mythos).

noach - parsha [great flood and the Ark]

This portion also deals with the building of Noah’s Ark, which God had commanded him to build for the coming of the Great Flood.  Mainly for the iniquity of the world.  The world before the flood had become extremely corrupted  and vain, so God had planned to “wash” the world in a sense, of its corrupted mentality.

"The Animals Enter the Ark" _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 painting by James Tissot

The Animals Enter the Ark” _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 painting by James Tissot

Huge Ark(Boat) found in Egypt on the Giza plateau _ Biblical Noah's Ark

Huge Ark(Boat) found in Egypt on the Giza plateau _ Biblical Noah’s Ark

After the Flood, Noah made an offering to God.  God at this point, vowed that

“the Earth would not again be cursed to the ground any more for man’s sake.  The imagination of man’s heart evil [vain] from his youth; neither will I again smite any more every thing living, as I have done.”

[Gen. 8: 20-21]

Noah Descending from Mount Ararat _ painting by Ivan Aivazovsky [ca. 1889]

Noah Descending from Mount Ararat _ painting by Ivan Aivazovsky [ca. 1889]

noach - parasha [Urartu-MountAraratMap]

The studies also bring us to the truths and lies of the alleged “Curse of Ham.”

 

Supposedly in the interpretations of the story of Noah’s sons; the three men were of three different races.  Truthfully speaking we here at RRR, could not consent to this external Biblical interpretation of most of these commentators.

noach - parsha [shem ham yapheth]

Our reasoning can be found in the confirmation of the sciences that give a more profound elaboration of these ancient texts.  For example, in regards to the “RACE” question of the three sons of Noah; we clearly recognize that proven by science congruent to the Scriptures, there is only ONE race (human).

– http://www.livescience.com/47627-race-is-not-a-science-concept.html (RACE IS NOT A SCIENCE CONCEPT)

– https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scientific_racism (SCIENTIFIC RACISM)

http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/busting-myths-about-human-nature/201204/race-is-real-not-in-the-way-many-people-think (RACE IS REAL BUT NOT IN THE WAY MANY PEOPLE THINK)

Which Is The Truth?...How about you tell us? _ Genesis 9: 25

Which Is The Truth?…How about you tell us? _

[Genesis 9: 25]

"Building the Tower of Babel" _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

“Building the Tower of Babel” _ (watercolor circa 1896–1902 by James Tissot)

The Sabbath readings also conclude with the story of the Tower of Babel.  Another story from the Scriptures that has been diluted with its dissemination.

the Tower of Babel

study notes:

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Parashah/parashah.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noach_%28parsha%29

http://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/3155/jewish/Noach-in-a-Nutshell.htm

http://www.chabad.org/media/pdf/242/HuVB2427470.pdf

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Tz’om Gedaliyah ✡ צוֹם גְּדַלְיָּה‎

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

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Ras Tafari Renaissance brings another posting for the Moed’im(holy day/holiday);

spelled various ways:

Tẓōm Gedaliah, Gadaliah, or Gadalyah

is a Hebraic fast, observed on one day(3rd day of Tisrei) from dawn until dust to lament the assassination of the righteous governor of Judah,(whom was appointed by King Nebuchadnezzar, governor of the Yehud province of the Babylonian Empire) whose murder ended Hebraic[moreso Judæn rule (ie. House of David)]  autonomy following the destruction of the First Temple of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem Temples 2 (Solomon and Herod)

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Tzom_Gedaliah/tzom_gedaliah.html

After the destruction of the First Temple (and Jerusalem) by the armies of the Babylonian king Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BCE, the majority of the Jews who had lived in the land of Judah were exiled. However a remnant was permitted to remain. Nebuchadnezzar appointed a man named Gedaliah (Gedalyahu ben-Achikam_גֶּדַליָהוּ בֵּן [פַּשׁחוּר] אֲחִיקָם ) to be his governor over Judah.

[Jer. chpt 38]

Gedaliah bullion (Phonician-Hebraic) - photos by Gabi Laron  of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University  _ [courtesy-of-Dr. Eilat Mazar]

Gedaliah bullion (Phoenician-Hebraic language classification / “Samarian Hebrew”/Ancient Hebrew) – photos by Gabi Laron of the Institute of Archaeology at the Hebrew University _ [courtesy-of-Dr. Eilat Mazar]:

http://www.archaeology.org.il/news40.html

As one of the Hebrew minor fasts, Tẓōm Gedaliah begins at dawn (first light) and ends at nightfall (full dark).  Gedaliah’s father, Acḥïkam saved the life of the prophet Jeremiah, [Jer. 26: 24] & Gedaliah would have a similar fate but in a broader sense, as the “remnant” of Judah would become his responsibility.

Tẓōm Gedaliah occurs on Tishri 3 (according to the Babylonian Talmud, the date calculated approx., as to when Gedaliah was murdered [tractate Rosh HaShanah 18b]), the day following (the second day of) Rosh HaShana.

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For those who participate during the fast, no food or water is ingested from sunrise to sunset.  Among the Orthodox Jews, Tzom Gedaliah is considered a prelude/intro., to Yom Kippur.

tzom gedaliah - fast (rosh hashanah)

Gedaliah zealously began to encourage the people to till the lands and the fields and vineyards, laying the foundation of security for a nation. Many of the Hebrews who had fled to neighboring lands during the war of destruction were attracted by the news of the revival of the community, post Babylonian captivity. They came to Gedaliah in Mizpah and were warmly welcomed by him.

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Ismael ben-Nathaniel and the ten men with him, murdered Gedaliah, together with most of the Jews who had joined him and many Babylonians whom Nebuchadnezzar had left with Gedaliah.

http://www.hebcal.com/holidays/tzom-gedaliah

[Jer. 41: 1-3]

haazinu - parsha [shabbat shuba] sabbth of return

** review **

Holy Bible

-2 Kings 25:22-26

–Jeremiah chpts. 38-41 (specifically below)

-Jeremiah 39:13-14

-Jeremiah 40:1-41:18

-Zechariah 8: 19 [fast of the seventh month(Tishri)]

-Shabbat Shub(v)ah

-Neo-Babylonian Empire – Yehud/Yehud Medinata

– Temple Restoration in Early Achaemenid Judah: by Peter R. Bedford

-Persian Achaemenid Empire

– The Crisis of Israelite Religion: Transformation of Religious Tradition _ by Herbert Niehr

Israelite captives of Babylon _ Louvre Museum

Israelite captives of Babylon _ Louvre Museum