Tag Archives: Feasts of YHWH

✡ Símcḥát Tōráh (שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה) ✤ YeDästá Ōrït (የደስታ ኦሪት) ✡

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).

simchat torah - rabbi wentworth a. matthew and the blk jews of harlem(valley of dry bones-rudolph windsor)

This is Lidj Yefdi, wishing everyone a very blessed Símchat Toráh/YeDästa Orit! Ras Tafari Renaissance is as always thankful and appreciative of the responses from those who continue to check out the work here and send their opinions, and commentary.  In this post we turn our attention to the Hebraic celebration of Símchat Toráh, which literally means the “Rejoicing Over the Torah,” or simply the “Joy of the Torah.” This celebration is usually commemorated with joyous dancing, and singing from those who do their best to uphold the teachings of the Torah.  This celebration is also a memorial to the continuous diligent study of the Torah, as one cycle of portions comes to completion, a new cycle begins (though arguably could be said to be one cycle, all in the same.)

succoth - simchat torah (Tabernacles _ Torah) das beal - yedesta orit

– credit image to hebrew4christians.com

As Shemini Atz’eret always comes at a coincidental conjunction to Simchat Torah, by western Gregorian calendar calculations it usually has an occurance between late September – mid October.

These two holidays (speaking of Shemini Atz’eret/ Simchat Torah)  are commonly thought of as part of Sukkot, they both also center a theme on the Torah (rightfully so).  Sukkot, of course being originally and still referenced as an agricultural holiday, there are many prayers, songs, gatherings centered on the significance of rain.  The rain, obviously being extremely vital for the cultivation of crops shows a point of exploration into understanding the Holy day in depth. But, in the modern sense of study, of the Torah, in relation to this holiday it also has significance to the Reform Judaism sects [or even Messianic Judaism ], especially pertaining to the Moshiach (the Messiah).

shemini atzeret - simchat torah (Ethiopian Hebrew app)

During this seasonal celebration, the Ark (addressing the Torah Scroll [Sefer Torah], with its accessories; usually dressed well dressed depending upon the congregation and the contributions brought or put forward to decorate.  The Torah Scroll, is removed from the compartments sometimes known as the Ark, (as the Ark of the Covenant, from the times of the Exodus out of Egypt the tablets of the “Ten Commandments” [rightfully known as the 10 Words] was housed inside the Ark, on the trek through the wilderness).

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In most Hebraic congregations or gatherings, the Torah scroll is paraded, sing over, embraced by the entire congregation, is applicable as the students and teachers of the ancient texts is revered among the all the community as a testament (or testimony) to the universal law and appreciation of the spiritual strength of the Torah.

commandmentkeeperssynagogue

Notes:

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Fall_Holidays/Simchat_Torah/simchat_torah.html

Numb. 29:35

Neh. 8:18

http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday6.htm

II Chron. 7:9

Lev. 23:36

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simchat_Torah

http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4689/jewish/Shemini-Atzeret-Simchat-Torah.htm

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✡ Succoth (סֻכּוֹת)_Das Be’al ✤ (ዳስ በዓል)_”Tabernacles/Booths” ✡

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).

succoth-readings-20165777-hc-sukkot-das-beal-tabernacles-booths

Again, this is Lidj Yefdi, wishing everyone a very blessed Sukkot!  Other names for this High Holy Day or appointed time as translated from the Hebrew language comes to us as; the “Feast of Booths,” the “Tabernacles/Festival of Tabernacles,” or as the “Ingathering.”

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The Festival of Sukkot begins on the 15th, of the Hebrew month of Tishrei & is observed for seven days. (five days after Yom Kippur)  Sukkot, is in many ways very opposite to the observance of Yom Kippur, especially as ones would know and find it among peoples of today.  One reason in saying this is that Sukkot is very joyful and it is commonly referred to in modern day Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Símcḥatéinu זמן שמחתינו; more literally translated to the English language as: “The Season of Our Rejoicing.”  Now in a similar fashion of the celebration of Passover and Shabuot, Sukkot has a significance that is doubled in a sense, especially when pertaining to its historical and agricultural perspectives.

Mirrors of Hamo-Shemitic culture: Ethiopian Tekuloch in the country side (resemblances of the succahs)

Mirrors of Hamo-Shemitic culture: Ethiopia in the country side (resemblances of the Succah)

In a historical manner, the celebration of Sukkot commemorates the (40) forty-year period during which the children of Israel were wandering in the wilderness, living in temporary shelters.  Hence, for the term “Feast or Festival of Tabernacles,” in the similar way the Tabernacle/Tent of Meeting and encampment of the children of Israel was constructed while making the Exodus with the significant role of the furnishings playing their respective parts.    Agriculturally, Sukkot is a harvest festival and is sometimes referred to as Chag Ha-Asífחג האסף, translating to the “Festival of Ingathering.”

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

hebrew-calendar-months-and-feast-cycle

Sukkot is the third and the culmination of the Shalosh Regalim, or commonly known as 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

52nd (፶፪/נב) RSS#: 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 W(V)ayeileḥ – וַיֵּלֶךְ, on the 6th – ו, & the 7th – ז, of the month of Tishreï – תִּשְׁרִי, in the year of 5777. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon)  From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2009/7509; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known, also as, Musæy’m Hæydo – ሙሴም ሄዶThis would calculate as the 27th – ፳፯, & the 28th – ፳፰, of the month of Mäskäräm- መስከረም.  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:

Deuteronomy 31: 1-30

Isaiah 55:6 – 56:8

Romans 10: 14-18

In this added installation of the Sabbath readings for this week; Moses prepared the children of Israel to go into the Land of Promise.  Moses, being an hundred and twenty years old, knew that the time had come when God said that he would not cross the Jordan(river).  Because, he did not sanctify God, at the waters of Meribah, he would go to sleep with his fathers, instead of enter into the Promised Land.  Moses is instructed to charge Joshua ben-Nun(the son of Nun) to lead the people in the ways God had commanded them.

[Deut. 31: 1-8]

The Three Faces of Moses _ [painting done by Yitzchak Yehudah (1969)]

The Three Faces of Moses _ [painting done by Yitzchak Yehudah (1969)]

Moses then, wrote the words of the Law, and had them placed into the Ark of the Covenant by the priests(ie. the Levites) and all the elders of Israel.

[Deut. 31: 9]

"Ark of the Covenant" _ relief at the Cathedral of Auch; in France

“Ark of the Covenant” _ relief at the Cathedral of Auch; in France

{the words of the LAWTorah, were placed inside the Ark of the Covenant, along with the “Budded” Staff of High Priest Aaron(Moses’ brother), and the manna, which the God of the Hebrew people-El Elohe Israel, gave to the children of Israel in the wilderness}

wayelech - parsha [ark of the covenant]

He also instructed the children of Israel to set apart the Seventh Year as the “Year of Release”(or the Shemittah – שמיטה), during the time of the Feast of Tabernacles/Booths/Ingathering(ie. Sukkot – סֻכּוֹת), all of Israel should come to hear the Law, to call it to their remembrance for their following generations to know and obey.

[Deut. 31: 10-13]

Sukkot's Four Species _ art attributed to the works of hebrew4christians.com

Sukkot’s Four Species _ art attributed to the works of hebrew4christians.com

Moses brought Joshua in the presence of all Israel to bless him, give him his charge, where God was present with them.  For God knew that the children of Israel would turn away from the ways that they were taught.

[Deut. 31: 14-30]

Moses Charges Joshua to Lead Israel Over Jordan _ painting by James J. Tissot

Moses Charges Joshua to Lead Israel Over Jordan _ painting by James J. Tissot

47th (፵፯/מז) RSS#: 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 Re’eh – רְאֵה, on the 29th – כט, & the 30thל, of the month of Ab(v) – אָב, 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, also as Inähō – እነሆ.  This would calculate as the 27th – ፳፯, & the 28th – ፳፰, of the month of Nähasæy – ነሐሴ.  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:

Deuteronomy 11:26- 16:17

Isaiah 54:11- 55:5

John 7: 37-52

**Rosh Codesh Élul**

I Sam. 20: 18-42

Isaiah 66: 1-24

roshkhodesh

In this study portion of the Scriptures, we’ve come Re’eh (רְאֵה), which in the Hebrew language means “to see.”  In the Amharic language, the word used as an equivalent for the name of this parsha is more properly…would be; Ra’iy – ራእይ.  Theses words in the ancient tongues divulge the meanings: “to see,” “have a vision,” “behold,” or “make sight of.”

wadjet & nekhbet (two eyes of Horus)

This portion of our reading, in the Book of Deuteronomy, begins on verse 26, where Moses is continuing to instruct the children of Israel, in the ways of God’s statutes, laws, and commandments; especially for the entry into the Land of Promise.  Causing these instructions to become known among all Israel, whereas it would be well with them.  God told Moses, to teach the children of Israel these lessons, for Moses explained that God had set a Blessing & a Curse before them.  Following the ways of God would render blessings upon them, and turning away would bring curse upon them.  The children of Israel, were clearly free to choose.

[Deut. 11: 26-32]

blessing and the curse

The conditions of the blessing in the land, for the children of Israel were also given by Moses, from God.  The children of Israel were to observe, and do the will of God for it would determine the prosperity of their dwelling in the land.  The laws, statutes, and commandments were laid out so the children of Israel, would teach them to their children for God’s laws and covenant with Israel would be an everlasting covenant; given they take heed of themselves.

[Deut. 12]

wolves-in-sheep-clothing(false prophets)

Now, knowing that they were given the chance to choose; the children of Israel, were to also recognize that it would be necessary to know wherein they were to discern between choices.  The children of Israel were warned to be wary of prophets or dreamers of dreams that would arise among them, and to take precaution that their signs and their wonders, would not lead them away from the ways of God’s commandments.

[Deut. 13]

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Then, the ordination for what would become known as Kashrut – כַּשְׁרוּת , or Kosher – כָּשֵׁר , among the Jewish people of today’s society.  But from its roots in the Hebrew language , it is the laws of God, to the Hebrew people, showing what would be “fit” for consumption; concerning food.

[Deut. 14]

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Now, in dealing with servants: those of the inheritance and those of foreign origin there was, of course, a protocol for the children of Israel, as well.  The Hebrew servant was to be absolved from his Hebrew creditor, in the “Sabbath yearShemittah” or the 7th year.  But, it would be up to the Hebrew creditor to absolve a debt from a foreigner or one not of the origin of the Hebrew people.  God sought that none should be poor among Israel, so in this act, the children of Israel would contribute to their own prosperity in another form.

[Deut. 15]

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“…for the LORD thy God blessed thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend to many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee…”[Deut. 15: v6]

The children of Israel received what is known now, as the significance of the Shalosh Regalim, or the three Feasts of YHWH.

[for ref. check Scriptures: Deut. 16: 16, & Exod. 23: 17.]

Shalosh Regalim

✡ “Festival of Weeks/FirstFruits” – שבועות – Shab(v)uot _ Mäkär BeKurat Nädo – መከር በኩራት ነዶ ✡

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 another posting here at Ras Tafari Renaissance for the celebration of the Feast of Weeks or otherwise known as Shab(v)uot.  This Hebraic celebration is also known in many circles as the Firstfruits.  In connotation Shabuot is known to be a “harvest” festival in relation to agriculture respectively upholding to the Land’s Sabbath or the Shemittah from Scriptural references.

credited to the contributors of hebrew4chritians.com

credited to the contributors of hebrew4chritians.com

 

Here Ras Tafari Renaissance, writes to give some insight, and perspective on the High Holy day mainly because, it is what would be apart of the Shalosh Regalim שלוש רגלים-(Three Pilgrimage Festivals [ie…Passover, & Sukkot, would complete the Pilgrimage festival cycle]) also from the Ethiopian-Amharic knownas the “YeSost Amet Be’al – የሦስት ዓመት በዓል“, which is known well throughout modern Judaism tradition.  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 representive of….Also, how the original Christian church, which is Hebraic in origin ties into the Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox, celebration of Pentecost.

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.

The Torah, (Biblical) mandates the seven-week Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, 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.

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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.  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….

Read (for education):

Exodus 23: 16

Exodus 34: 21, 22

Leviticus 19:9

Leviticus 23: 10, 22

Deuteronomy 24: 19

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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 connot come beofre the 15th of the Ethiopian month of G’nbot; also cannot be after the 19th of Ethiopic month of Seney. 

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Reading (for education):

Acts 2: 1

Acts 20: 16

I Corinthians 16: 8

SHABUOT:

FESTIVAL OF WEEKS

FIRST FRUITS”

“PENTECOST”

– all one in the same pertaining to the context ……….

✡ Lag B’Omer (ל״ג בעומר) ✡

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 yet another posting for the celebration of the season leading up to the second feast of the Shalosh Regalïm/YeAmät Sost Bä’al; better known as the “Three Pilgrimage Feasts,” of YHWH.  The Counting of the Omer, constitutes the observance of the passage from Scriptures reading from Leviticus 23: 15-16.  The children of Israel, were to number the weeks between Pesach & Shab(v)uot.  Which are the first two moedim – מועדים/ bä’allat – በዓላት, or the appointed times or holidays of the Three Pilgrimage Feasts which were set for the children of Israel to observe by G-d.

shalosh reglaim - ye'sost amet be'al (three pilgrimage feasts)

The Counting of the Omer, relates in so many ways to the agriculture and the teaching which come forth from the observance of the Sabbath.  This observance is not a major holiday but serves as a great reminder of the coming of Shab(v)uot.

Lag B'Omer - Counting of the Omer (shabuot) የመከር በቊራት ነዶ

Modern Jewish tradition links the holiday to the Bar Kokhba Revolt against the Roman Empire (132-135 CE).

Remains of Hurvat Itri village destroyed during the Bar Kokhba revolt

Remains of Hurb(v)at Itri – [] village destroyed during the Bar Kokhba revolt

 

Book of Leviticus; chpt. 23: 15-16

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15) And ye shall count unto you from the morrow after the day of rest, from the day that ye brought the sheaf of the waving; seven weeks shall there be complete;

16) even unto the morrow after the seventh week shall ye number fifty days; and ye shall present a new meal-offering unto the LORD.

NOTES:

✡ 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.”

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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