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🎙️ “Ras Tafari: ON THE BRINK;” Interview w/ Abba Yahudah Selassie [01/21/2019] 🎙️

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

Greetings, yet again to one and all, from “Lidj Yefdi” (pronounced Lij; Yêf-dee).

 

🎙️ “Ras Tafari: ON THE BRINK;” Interview w/ Abba Yahudah Selassie 🎙️

JOIN US Monday, January 21st, 2019; we’ll have our 1st Interview w/ Ras Tafari artist & author, Abba Yahudah Selassie. You can find the “Ras Tafari: ON THE BRINK,” podcast on either:

Anchor.FM mobile app | Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Podcasts |  Overcasts | RadioPublic mobile app | Breaker.Audio app | PocketCasts |  Stitcher & we are adding more to reach you and yours wherever you are… We’ll discuss Ras Tafari, past, present, and future; & his literary work entitled;

A Journey to the Roots of Ras Tafari” (The Essene Nazarite Link)

A Journey to the Roots of Ras Tafari: The Essene Nazarite Link by Abba Yahudah Selassie

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

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

Greetings, yet again to one and all, from “Lidj Yefdi” (pronounced Lij; Yêf-dee).

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.

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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

✡ Tisha B’Ab – תשעה באב – (Ninth [9th] of the month of Ab) ✡

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

I welcome you all to yet another post here at Ras Tafari Renaissance.   I also thank everyone who has supported the efforts put forth here.  I, Lidj Yefdi, on behalf of Ras Tafari Renaissance, offer the utmost gratitude.

Today, we as Ras Tafari should learn from the happenings of this day in history.  On the Hebraic/Jewish Calendar, today marks the destruction of the Second Temple of Jerusalem & the scattering of the Hebrew people among many other nations.  The Romans, under Titus(Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus) took Jerusalem after a rebellion of the Hebrew people. (70 AD)

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem _ painting by James J. Tissot

Destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem _ painting by James J. Tissot

http://www.jewishencyclopedia.com/articles/110-ab-ninth-day-of

This day is usually set aside by tradition for fasting and mourning, to commemorate the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Chaldeans (586 B.C.) and by the Romans (70); a movable fast falling approximately in the beginning of August of the Gregorian calendar.   II Kings 25: 8, 9;  it is stated that the Temple was burned on the seventh day of the fifth Hebrew month.  Scholars and others note that the tenth day of the fifth month is assigned as the date that comes to a congruent conclusion.  In connection with the fall of Jerusalem there are at least, three other fast-days were established at the same time as the Ninth Day of Ab: these were the Tenth of Tebet, when the siege began; the Seventeenth of Tammuz, when the first breach was made in the wall;

Tisha B'ab [temple destruction by the romans] (70A.D.)

The Book of Lamentations, mourns the destructions of the Temple, & moreover the whole of Jerusalem.  Modern Ashkenazic Jews, read what is called the Kinnot.  The Kinnot, traditionally calls to remembrance the destruction of the 1st & 2nd Temple, as well as the Crusades and the Holocaust.

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(evening)

Ex. 32: 11-14  ;  Ex. 34: 1-10

Isa. 55: 6- 56:8  ;  Lamentations

Mat. 23: 16-23  ;  Mat. 24: 1,2

“…those who mourn for Jerusalem…”

These events led to the disorientation of the Hebrew people, as a whole, but only came because of their disobedience to the Laws, God had for Israel. (ie. idols, corruption-spiritually and morally…)

Readings: for Tisha B’ab

(morning) –

Deut. 4: 25-40  ; Jer. 8: 13- 9:23

Mat. 3: 11-17

http://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/149580/jewish/The-Laws-of-Mourning.htm

Stones excavated from the Western Wall at Jerusalem _ ref. Matt 24: 2; Mark 13: 2; Luke 21: 6

Stones excavated from the Western Wall at Jerusalem _ ref. Matt 24: 2; Mark 13: 2; Luke 21: 6

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siege_of_Jerusalem_%2870%29

Tisha B'ab flight into (70A.D.-Africa)

*Notes

The questions of the authenticity of certain Jewish/Hebrew people has been a very intricate question, even for those who seem to be the learned in the Hebraic Laws, history & Torah(or the Scriptures); but Ras Tafari Renaissance seeks to aid in the proper education and dissemination of the truth about topics within our reach, by JAH(God)’s grace.

…with that said…

COULD THE DESTRUCTION/SIEGE OF THE TEMPLE OF JERUSALEM, BE A PRECURSOR TO THE VALIDITY IN HISTORY AND FACT, OF HEBRAIC PEOPLES OUTSIDE OF THE MAINSTREAM?

1) Lemba people in South Africa – Malawi – Zimbabwe(respectively)

2) Mizhrahi Jews of Persia/Iran/India – various other lands(respectively) – [not disregarding the claims of the Indian Jews(Hebrews), but including their numbers within the Mizrahi(Eastern)]

3) Moroccan Jews (most of Spanish/Berber/Iberian descent)

4) Ebo/ Igbo people – Nigerian Jews (some of Moroccan descent)

5) Sephardim- Spanish/ Moroccan Jews & their descendants

6) Abayudaya people – Uganda

7) Bilad el-Soudan- West African Jews/ Hebrews – various countries (respectively) including the Whydah (Ouidah) & Biafra

8) Beta Israel/ Ethiopian Jews – Falashmura – Qimant

9) Yemenite Jews/Himyarite Hebrews

10) Jews/ Hebrews of Timbuktu (Ghana/Songhai/Mali)

YOM HA’SHOAH – יום השואה – HOLOCAUST DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

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

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Welcome to all once again, to another posts from Ras Tafari Renaissance! I, Lidj Yefdi, will bring to you yet another thought provoking “word-sound”(presentation) that is sure to get your attention, if you’re not faculties are intact. If there not, hopefully this will awaken them.

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Zacor – Hebrew word with the meaning; “remember”

Today, is not so much a joyous event or day commemoration but yet a somber, and more day reflection for especially for the Hebrews, and the Hebrew-minded peoples, with the exception of the children of the peoples who also suffered many persecutions upon the day which this is marked.  As an Ethiopian-Hebrew, of the tribe of Yihuda, I extend my condolences, my prayers for strength, of mind, body and spirit and soul, to those who also share the grief of recalling the remembrances of this day.

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יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה
Yom Ha’Shoah; Holocaust Remembrance Day, memorial day set in place by David ben Gurion and Yitzhak ben Zvi, in the State of Israel. Yom Ha’Shoah commemorates the Jewish people who perished during the Holocaust in Europe, during World War II.

In this post, I will give reflection on the commemoration which has its place on this day. To so many, who come into the Judaic faith, (in one way or another), today has its significance in there hearts and minds. Why???,…Well, today is a day when one should take the time to examine their own life and truly look upon how they value themselves, as well as, others. Today is what has become a  memorial to those slain in the perilous times of World War II, and suffered nearly endlessly at the hands of Nazi-Germany and Nazism, as a whole.

euro-jewish holocaust(yom hasoah-holocaust day of remembrance)

In this presentation, I will do my best to refrain from giving every single detail of the horrific events that took place during this time. (I will leave that up to YOU ALL to educate yourselves & teach your children along with those around you, what kind of importance this matter has!)

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But not only the European-Jews but, many other people were subjugated to physical torture, castration, euthanasia, toil, despair, and many other horrid acts. So, in this day in age, though many things have changed, I can clearly see, by JAH’s(God ALMIGHTY) grace that many things have stayed the same.

German-Nazi anti jazz, propaganda poster

German-Nazi anti jazz, propaganda poster

But, it should be no excuse to not educate yourself, and those whom we continue to say, “hold the future in their hands” about how to treat people, conduct themselves in a civil manner, stand on truth, and take heed to moral principles.

Romanis who did not fit into the ideology of the Aryan race.

Romanis who did not fit into the ideology of the Aryan race.

The mentally & physically handicapped; also did not fit.

Jehovah’s Witnesses were faced with a similar demise, in these times.

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Homosexuals, suffered horrific torture, as well, under Nazi-controlled Germany.

Afro-Germans suffered the same fate as the others who didn't fit into Nazism plan.

Afro-Germans suffered the same fate as the others who didn’t fit into Nazism plan.

 Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה; “Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day”), known colloquially in Israel and abroad as Yom HaShoah (יום השואה) and in English as Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Holocaust Day, is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration.

https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/yom-hashoah

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Communists, Socialists, and trade union leaders had become political opponents to Nazism, as well.

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Differences held for nothing inside concentration camps.

Differences held for nothing inside concentration camps.

In Auschwitz

In Auschwitz

 

The European Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by Nazi Germany and its accessories, and for the Jewish resistance in that period. In Israel, it is a national memorial day and public holiday. It was inaugurated on 1953, anchored by a law signed by the Prime Minister of Israel David Ben-Gurion and the President of Israel Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. It is held on the 27th of Nisan (April/May), unless the 27th would be adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted by a day.

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Let this day be a hard lesson learned that evil knows no boundaries, and what was right in the past,…is still right today & tomorrow.

http://www.ushmm.org/

http://www.theholocaustexplained.org/

http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Yom_Hashoah/yom_hashoah.html

MORE UNSEEN READING/STUDY MATERIAL:

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Meanwhile, in other parts of the world under the domination of the colonial and fascist regime,…….

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http://www.amazon.com/Germanys-Black-Holocaust-1890-1945-Untold/dp/0963129341

 

Ethiopian Jews Tried To Rescue European Jews During The Holocaust

ethiopian jews tried to save israelis from holocaust - [failedmessiah.typepad.com]

In 1943 an Ethiopian Jewish leader appealed to Ethiopia’s Emperor, Haile Selassie, to take in Jewish refugees from Europe and allow them to settle in Ethiopian Jewish towns and villages. But it was too late.

failedmessiah.typepad.com/ failed_messiahcom/ 2012/ 04/ ethiopian-jews-tried-to-rescue-european-jews-during-the-holocaust-345 .html

haile sellassie's war

shalom/selam/peace

Lidj Yefdi“-Yohann Immanuel

☩ Fasika – ፋሲካ _ Tins(h)a’e – ትንሣኤ – “Resurrection” ☩

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 Ethiopic Tewahido-Orthodox, celebration of Fasika.  In other circles of the Liturgical adherents to the Ethiopian Tewahido-Orthodox Church, the name for this observance, can also be called Be’al Tinsa’e-በዓል ትንሣኤ.  I refrain from using the Western Christendom adherances to the psuedo-equivalent, known as Easter; mainly because at the sheer core of the observance of Easter, stems from Greco-Roman Mythology(Eros, Easter Eggs, Easter Bunny, Greek Mythology etc.), and the origin of the celebration of Fasika, comes from the Hebraic, Passover(Pesach/PesaKH’-פֶּסַח) & Feast of Unleavened Bread (KH’ag/Chag Ha’Motz’ot-Chag ha-Matzot (in Hebrew)).

Sh'mura Matz'ot - Rabbinical supervised unleavened bread

Sh’mura Matz’ot – Rabbinical supervised unleavened bread

 

- Ethiopian baked bread (Injera)

– Ethiopian baked bread (Injera)

 

Fasika commemorates the Resurrection of CHRIST, though the exact day for celebration can be calculated from a perspective that is only slightly in contrast to the original calculation.  Through and through, Fasika assuredly gives a better foundation in the surreal conclusion that is the life of CHRIST.

resurrection

Fasika is an extremely climatic celebration, like the Roman Catholic Church fasting season(often called “Lent“), but predating it by hundreds of years, the Ethiopian Tewahido-Orthodox Church adherents go into a fasting, and prayer period consisting of about approx., 40-to-56 days.  This important and soul-searching, period of time is known to the adherents as Hudade-ሑዳዴ, or Abiy’ Ts’ome-ዓቢይ ጾመ.

Hudade(ሑዳዴ)-Lent

The Church, in her earliest days, recognized the necessity for her children to “chastise the body and bring it under subjection”, as St. Paul advises.  The body is ever striving for mastery over the spirit; besides the external sources of temptation, “the world”, we have always another source with us which is a part of our nature. This is the reason for mortificationSelf denial is in lawful things enables us to turn with great earnestness to spiritual things.  It is on these grounds that the Ethiopian church has strictly adhered to the injunctions of the Didascalia and enjoyed upon the faithful, the longest and most austere fasts in the world.  Fasting implies abstention from food and drink, in one sense of understanding. Special days are appointed for fasting.

The Ethiopic Version Of The Apostolical Constitutions; Or, The Ethiopic Didascalia, Received In The Church Of Abyssinia [Ethiopia] by Thomas Pell 1796-1852 Platt (click book cover to purchase or link below to inquire about availability)

The Ethiopic Version Of The Apostolical Constitutions; Or, The Ethiopic Didascalia, Received In The Church Of Abyssinia [Ethiopia] by Thomas Pell 1796-1852 Platt (click book cover to purchase or link below to inquire about availability)

Every Wednesday and Friday, are days of fasting because on Wednesday the Jews held a council in which they rejected and condemned our Lord (Jesus/Iyesus) and on Friday they crucified him;  according the Christian theology.

ETHIOPIC DIDASCALIA, The Apostolic Constitutions & Ethiopic Church Orders; As Translated by J.M. Harden

ETHIOPIC DIDASCALIA, The Apostolic Constitutions & Ethiopic Church Orders; As Translated by J.M. Harden (click book cover to purchase or link below to inquire on availability)

http://www.lojsociety.org/books.html

The fasting of this particular, observance in the Tewahido Church – (Ethiopian Orthodox Christian Church) are ordained by the Fät’há Nägäst – or plainly translated to English as the “Law of the Kings.”

fetha nagast (law of the kings)

During “Lent” (Hudade/Abiy Ts’om) in Ethiopia, Christians don’t eat or buy any animal products like meat, eggs, butter, milk, yogurt, cream and cheese.

painting of CHRIST riding into Jerusalem being greeted the Israelites; see Matt. 21:1-16

painting of CHRIST riding into Jerusalem being greeted the Israelites; see Matt. 21:1-16

On Palm Sunday, people wear head bands and rings made of palm leaves with crosses marked on them.

rtg.lojs palm sunday artwork

The first  Easter Day (Fasika/Tinsa’e) service actually starts at 8.00pm on Easter Saturday night and lasts until 3.00 am on “Easter” Sunday  (Resurrection Sunday) morning! Most people go to the whole service and wear their best clothes. These are often white and are called ‘YeAbesha Libs‘ in the modern time of today more originally “YeEtyopiayawiyan Libs“.  People have candles made of cotton and wax called ‘twaf‘.  At 10.00 pm drummers start playing and accompanying the Priests as they chant a prayer called the ‘Geez‘. (or the Ancient Ethiopic language)

http://www.whyeaster.com/cultures/ethiopia.shtml

 

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

{from ethiopianorthodox.org}

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http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Spring_Holidays/Unleavened_Bread/unleavened_bread.html

47th Kifil Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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

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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, nonetheless studied either the Torah portion of Re’eh-רְאֵה, from the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5774 year, this Sabbath day would probably be accounted for as the 26th-כו, & the 27th-כז, of the month of Ab(v)אָב‎.  (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known also as, Inéhō-እነሆ.  This would calculate as the  16th-፲፮ , & the 17th-፲፯, of the month of Nehâsé-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

I John 4: 1-6

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 Regaliim, or the three Feasts of YHWH.

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

Shalosh Regalim

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason)” part 3

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

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So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

Now, we have come to the third installment of this sure to be controversial series.

In part two, we covered the topics of operative & speculative masonry.  This topic can easily be researched, the resources can come from a variety of places, but if I were to make any suggestions; I would more than likely direct anyone, who would like to dig into the subject thoroughly, to any library.  A Library, preferably with governmental documentation would be a good start, & of course, there’s always the internet(or at least, for now…), but taking into account that many freemasons, wrote extensively on certain subjects like this one, are surely a plus.  So, looking into some publications by recognized Freemasons, is a more solidified option.

(though, the language of many resource material[of Freemasonic writers] can get a little “tricky”, mainly because some of the intent is meant to go over the majority of people’s heads,{or so to speak}.  If you’re not a Mason[ie. Freemason, Shiner, etc.] its a guarantee that you’ll misinterpret most of the content without further research)

Though, the resource is written for public view, consumption or perusal,… please, know that everything there is to know about Freemasonry is even many times, hidden from the some Freemasons, as well. (…the whole “Hidden In Plain Sight”…adds to that notion, also)

[ here some authors who were masons or masonic writers/commentators, to check out: Manly P. Hall, Pascal Beverly Randolph, Albert G. Mackey, J.S.M. Ward, & Albert Pike ] …just to name a few whose works might be accessible…

Also, in part two of this series we touched on the Templar Knights & the Crusades.

supposed map of the Crusades

supposed map of the Crusades

The “Templars” have been connected in so many ways to modern freemasonry that many have drawn the conclusions that the Freemasons are surely descendants to the Templar legacy.

Now, here is where the story seems to jump all over the place!….(literally, ALL OVER THE PLACE!)  Supposedly after the fall of the Templars in Europe there was a growing disgust for their military order, faith-based practices, & what they stood for altogether.  So much so, there were monarchs, religious figures and others, who sought to annihilate them.  The reasons vary, simply because the Templars were accused of many acts.  Supposedly being a Christian military order, it was said that they carried out “pagan” rituals, had become immersed in greed, & lived by their own principles even to the dismay of others.

[vids giving a synopsis of the story of the Templars]

–notice at, the time(07:25-07:30) the narrator says not only Muslims were killed in the Christian Crusade, but Jews as well. Also, near the ending of this first section[something to ponder…??]

(1.http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-1/uxnfzfk4CD-vg7cHbNurwg

(2.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-2/QqCZyrNFoIG3sZtdQ16glw

(3.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-3/Yy1pl4h-3-S_97_2s3_xCg

Columbus's ship that sailed West, did bear "Red Crosses." Surely, any children's history book can confirm that...?! "Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.".....hmmm

Columbus’s ships that sailed West, did bear “Red Crosses.” Surely, any children’s history book can confirm that…?! “Colombus sailed the ocean blue, in 1492.”…..hmmm???

 

Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula, along with other parts of Europe were Expelled. (including the Moors, which conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)....isn't that interesting?

Ah, but also in the year of 1492, the Jews that resided in Iberian Peninsula(modern day Spain & Portugal), along with other parts of Europe were Expelled; continuing a wave actions which had been perpetuated against Hebrew people & Moors alike during the time. (the Moors, conquered the area & lands adjacent a little over half-a-century prior)….isn’t that interesting? [thought: could this have been a precursor to “the Crusades?“]

(4.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-4/yWXjmZah7wORh8ZsvKundw

(5.) http://www.blinkx.com/watch-video/the-knights-templars-and-freemasonry-english-5/viBAAaTkBzA34KFhwTEj0A

Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they're contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)

Freemasonry does hold rankings of Knights Templar orders. More than likely, they’re contained in what is called the York Rite.(Modern Historical, Chivalric, & Philosophical Grades)

complete listing of the degrees of Freemasonry, confirmed from: Lester, Ralph P.; Look To The East, Revised Edition, copyright 1944/1971 re-publication

The History Channel's presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.

The History Channel‘s presentation of how the Templar Knights surviving few escaped annilhilation is also another source for study of the origins of Freemasonry.

Yes, the story of the Templars and Freemasons has brought about an inception in the America, supposedly before the arrival of Columbus.

Although, clearly the issues of the documentation present some very peculiar facts, the grounds which they stand upon in principle seem quite precarious.  Leaving the solidified source to the origins of Freemasonry, “still up in the air.”  But, keeping with the topic of discussion, we can conclude that modern has certainly studied to access the workings of the Knights Templars.  Also, in incorporating orders into the highest of their ranks, in that of the medieval system of chivalry.

Now, I know that it seems that we’ve laid much ground work, but I can assure you with this in your mind at this point it will help you in going forward with the rest of this series.

So, we’ve come to the realization that Freemasonry is an organization, pulling ideology from the medieval era of Europe.  Now, believe it or not with all of this evidence to research, many people still seem to bring Ras Tafari to an extremly close proximity to Freemasonry.  On one hand, Ras Tafari Renaissance, can confirm that Freemasonry expresses the values that could very well come to a closeness to Ras Tafari, but the differences speak in high volumes.

Moving on, we’ll dive a little deeper into the symbolism of Freemasonry & gain a better grasp on the application of their speculative masonry. Then, we’ll come to the blurring of the lines between Freemasonry and Ras Tafari.

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we’ll see you in in part 4…

So Rasta, Tell Me; “Are You A Mason(Freemason) part 2

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

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So, we continue with this series of lines drawn between Ras Tafari and Freemasonry.

We made acknowledgments of what could be found on Freemasonic history at first glance, from a general perspective but, let us now go deeper into this subject.

Now, with minimal understanding from whence Freemasonry came,  the inception of it should lead us to a more credible reservoir.  Masonry…? What is it exactly?…Let us define it so we can, at least, have somewhere to start.

MASON– is more than likely a person skilled in laying stone or brick. [ie. bricklayer, brick mason, stone mason, craftsman, stonecraft] (sources cited: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary; various edictions)

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MASONRY– 1) the trade, work done, or occupation of a mason. 2) the craft of brick laying or concrete structure building. [ie. craft and stone working; building]

FREEMASON– a member of fraternal organization known as the Free & Accepted Masons (sources cited: Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary; various editions;  http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/09771a.htm; https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freemasonry

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FREEMASONRY– “first know that there is no one {written in stone definition} of Freemasonry,” but for the sake of our study we’ll use a conglomerate of explanation from many cited resources. Freemasonry–a fraternity or fraternal organization; an organized society of men, symbolically applying the principle of Operative Masonry and architecture to the science and art of character building. (sources: Masonic Lodge personnel information[what can be found on many Lodge sites-“or at least what they’ll allow us to see“…HA!; ex.}Masonic Lodge of Richmond, Va., USA, http://www.grandlodgeofvirginia.org/…Masonic Lodge of Queensland, Australia, http://www.queenslandfreemasons.com/about-us/…Masonic Lodge in Geneva, Switzerland, http://www.masonryuniversal.org/index_files/page0001.htm%5D, various Freemasonic texts, web pages; Lester, Ralph P., Look To The East Revised Edition<other sources cited in body>)

So, when it comes to the term Freemasonry its clear that there is an application of operation and an application of theorem.  In coming to the realization of these two distinct terms, (masonry and Freemasonry) it should be noted that though, the terms may and can be used interchangeably depending on the context of a given subject; the certain and distinguishable separation between the two terms should evident and concrete.

The Freemasons, themselves, even make the clear distinction in literature.

Operative masonry= physical manifestation of building objects.

Speculative masonry= a philosophical harnessing of thought that preceded fruition.

Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations, draws these conclusions after taking a look at works like; Sickels, Daniel_General Ahiman Rezon[1868]

Mackey, Albert G._The Symbolism of Freemasonry[1882]

(L-) "operative mason"=stone cutter, mason &, (R-) statue of the "Thinking man"; a work of masonry but symbolizing the the application of a ="speculative mason."

(L-) “operative mason”=stone cutter, mason &, (R-) statue of the “Thinking man”; a work of masonry but symbolizing the the application of a =”speculative mason.”

Now, with all of this to mull over, please do not take from this explanation of the differences of Ras Tafari & Freemasonry that, if one were a Freemason, that same one could not be an operative mason.  Besides, the essence of Freemasonry is the adoration of literal masonry, and it is clear that the Society of Free & Accepted Masons, are welcoming to people of many “walks of life.”  But, in the theology of Freemasonry, it should be noted that speculation, thought, or contemplation of certain values should be applied as a focal point in Freemasonic elaboration.

Moving on, after examining original masonry and modern freemasonry, we’ve laid the foundation for more depth in this subject.  As mentioned before in part one of this series, Freemasonry has an elusive beginning, which is not noted to a specific source….hmmmm??

In part one, of this series, it was presented that Freemasonry could’ve either had its beginning from the Stone Mason Guilds in Europe.  There have also been conclusions drawn from the mysterious Knights Templars, of the Crusades(somewhere between 1095 and 1291[AD]).  But probably, the most unexamined claim(pertaining to solid evidence) would probably be of the origins of the Freemasons learning from the most dynamic masonic builders this world as yet to equate to,….the ever so famed Egyptians.  Taking these claims, along with others into consideration lets continue to take this journey of discovery and remember to find the lines of similarity and difference between Ras Tafari & Freemasonry.

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a painting of the Crusader period

Now, I know that I haven’t said much about Ras Tafari in comparison to Freemasonry as of yet, but please, be patient with me?  I’am sure many of you have heard so many things about both groups that seem to be conflicting at times; but I assure you that if you allow Ras Tafari Renaissance to present you with as many facts as it possibly can you should be able to form your own opinions and conclusions.(as well as, do your own research, adequately)

So, going into the notion of the Knights Templars, which surely preceded the period which, in one assertion that, Freemasonry could’ve had a formation in the Stone Mason’s Guilds of Europe brings us to an earlier supposed inception with the Crusader period or earlier.  This period can become a focal point in studying the origins of Freemasonry, mainly because most of the claims of Freemasonry are made from this period of time and in some cases, can carry some weight.(in provable facts, moderately)

a depiction used to represent the Templar Kinghts in regalia(Knights Templar)

a depiction used to represent the Templar Kinghts in regalia(Knights Templar)

The Templar Knights(or Knights Templar), have gained fame among those who have studied the Crusader period because of their mysterious acts during this time.  They’re accredited with initiating some of the first banking systems, becoming a valiant Christian military order of knights, as well as, an organization with monks of piety, and possibly surviving a slew of onslaught in the Crusader period.(just to name a few)  One of the significant acts of the Templars, was attributed to their works in aiding pilgrims who sought to travel to the “Holy Land”(Jerusalem), but were routinely robbed and in many cases slaughtered in route.  A French knight, by the name of Hughes de Payens is credited for the formation of this military order of knights.

Hughes de Payens (attributed with the fouding of the Kinghts Templar); from Champagne, France

Hughes de Payens (attributed with the founding of the Knights Templar); from Champagne, France

…we will continue in the next edition of this series in Part 3…

stay tuned, there is so much more to unravel!

32nd & 33rd Parsha Study: Ras Tafari Renaissance Revelations

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 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.

Now, with that said, let us go right into this…

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 more than likely have come to the Torah portion of Behar-בְּהַר, for this week, in this mode of study; for those out in the diaspora or outside of Jerusalem or Israel.  From the Jewish or Hebraic Calendar in the year 5773 this Sabbath day would probably fall on the 23rd & 24th of the month of Iyar- אִייָר‎ . (The Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) but,  from an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known as BeSina Terara-በሲና ተራራ, on the 25th & 26th day of ወርኀ(month)- ሚያዝያ(Meeyazya).  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:

Leviticus 25:1- 26:2

Jeremiah 32:6-27

Luke 4:16-21

[SPECIAL NOTES FOR THIS SABBATH]*

For Ras Tafari, globally, this Sabbath should hold a special place in their hearts and minds. The reasoning for this is because in a tri-fold state፡ 1) as Hebrews; they’ll come into the time of the day of rest for the Sabbath time, 2) this Sabbath brings with it the Ethiopian congruency to the Hebraic Passover in what is known as Fasika-ፋሲካ. (…which is more properly known as Tinsa’ey-ትንሣኤ), &, 3) this Ethiopian celebration of the Passion of the Christ, (in Fasika-Tinsa’ey) just so happens to come forth on the date that will be commemorated as ETHIOPIA’S INDEPENDANCE DAY, from Fascist and colonial invasion. (YES I’!!, MAY-DAY, INDEED!)

…more to be presented on this subject at the conclusion of the parsha study…

Now, to the portion of Scripture for this Sabbath…

Ethiopic-(Ge’ez/Amharic)= በሲና ተራራ (BeSina Terara)  KEY ⇀ ሲና=Sinai

Hebrew=  חר סיני  (Har-Siney/Si’na’i) KEY ⇁ סיני = Sinai

The Ten Commandments (illustration from a Bible card published Atop Mount Sinai_[1907 by the Providence Lithograph Company])

“Upon the Mountain,”…that mountain between Egypt and Israel. Atop, Mount Sinai, God spoke to Moses with instructions for the children of Israel when they were to come into the land that was promised to them. For example, upon entry into the Land of Promise, an order was to be put into practice for the tilling of the land/earth.

The land was to given rest on the seventh year, just as the Hebrews were to observe the Sabbath on the seventh day perpetually.(from generation-to-generation) This form of agriculture has come to us in the Hebrew word_ Shemittah-שמטה (Sabbitical year[Sabbath year] _is a credible translation).  In the year of rest, the farmers, who were of the children of Israel were not to till the land or harvest that of the work of their hands from the crops. The land was to be in a Sabbath year or resting year from plowing and working.  What grew on its own, the children of Israel could partake in, though. [Lev. 25: 1-7]

[Ancient] Egypt & Ethiopia; a mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture_ (on L-Hieroglyphic art of farming in Egypt & on R-a more modern Ethiopian farmer plowing crops.)

[Ancient] Egypt & Ethiopia; a mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture_ (on L-Hieroglyphic art of farming in Egypt & on R-a more modern Ethiopian farmer plowing crops.)

A year of Jubilee year was also to be proclaimed by the children of Israel.  Insomuch, as where seven sabbaths in a yearly sense multiplied to an additional seven years(i.e. 49 years) would usher in a year of the Jubilee(a 50th year) to the Hebrews. [Lev. 25: 8-13]

Jubilee

Amharic= (Eyo-bell-yu)ኢዮቤልዩ

Hebrew= (Yo-bell) יובל

Book of the Jubilees (from the Ethiopic "Little Genesis")_by George H. Schodde

Book of the Jubilees (from the Ethiopic “Little Genesis”)_by George H. Schodde

In the year of Jubilee, the trumpet should be sounded on the tenth day of the seventh month(Yom Kippur-Day of Atonement), throughout all the land. Also, in this year every man should be returned to his family. (i.e. debts should be forgiven among the people) [Lev. 25: 9, 10]

[BLOWING OF THE SHOFAR-TRUMPET]*

In the “upkeep,” of all the laws, statutes, and commandments that God told Moses to teach the children of Israel; it was assured to them(the Hebrews) that if they were to keep those laws from generation to generation, they would dwell in the land of promise, in safety, securely. [Lev. 25: 19]

*THIS WEEK’S SABBATH COMES UP TO ANOTHER DOUBLE PORTION OF THE STUDY OF THE SCRIPTURES AS WELL*

–to keep up with an accurate number of the readings of the Torah for the yearly cycle

So, with the portion of Behar-BeKH’ukotai, we will know go into the study of BeKH’ukotai-בְּחֻקֹּתַי  , which will be added to this week’s Sabbath in the order of the Hebrew/Judaic cycle readings.  This study comes to us as BeSir’Autey-በሥርዓቴ, from the Ethiopic-Christian perspective.  The Hebrew and Amharic words for this study could be translated into phrases like: “In my order,” or “In my statutes/laws.”

Renewal of Israel

Renewal of Israel

Now, in this study portion of the Scriptures, the children of Israel were instructed by Moses, who was given the Law upon Mount Sinai.  The children of Israel were to keep the commandments, so prosperity would abide with them.  It was assured to the Hebrews that if they were to keep these laws and statutes, then they would yield abundance, peace, and security from God.

Of this covenant, upon Sinai, Israel should’ve received rain in due season, and land that would produce plentifully.  They would reap the benefits of a peaceful harmonious land and none would intimidate them from outside.  Wild beasts would be driven out of the land, along with those who could possibly threaten the tranquility of Israel in their land.  Enemies of Israel would flee, for they would not have the power to stand before Israel to quarrel with them, and if any persisted they would surely fall.  The Tabernacle would continue to reside within Israel & God vowed to be with them always, to love & to be their God. [Lev. 26: 1-13]

But, if Israel were not to keep the commandments then Judgment was of a surety.  For disobedience, Israel, would endure terror, consumption and constant illness.  They would be scattered among their adversaries.

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...they shall be scattered....[Lev. 26: 33]

…they shall be scattered….[Lev. 26: 33]

..not only to the west but the East as well...

..not only to the west but the East as well…

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The Caribbean Slave: A Biological History_Cambridge University Press

I will send terror, consumption, and a burning ague...[]Lev. 26: 16]

I will send terror, consumption, and a burning ague…[]Lev. 26: 16]

God would set his face against them & seven times more would they be punished for their iniquities.

For their iniquity JAH set his face against Israel_[Lev. 26:17]

For their iniquity JAH set his face against Israel_[Lev. 26:17]

Their pride would be broken and they would have no power to stand against their adversaries.  Their strength would be useless and they would be unfruitful in their endeavors.  Even, seven times more would plagues be upon them for their disobedience and beasts would be among them to devour them.

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Civil Rights' Foot Soldiers

Civil Rights’ Foot Soldiers

Even beast shall devour them_[Lev. 26: 22]

Even beast shall devour them_[Lev. 26: 22]

If they walked contrary to the Law and to God, then God would surely walk contrary to them.  Their high places would be destroyed and their images would be torn down.

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Sanctuaries would be desolate and they would be scattered from end-to-end upon the Earth. Their cities would become waste lands, those left alive would have a faint of heart, would pine at their disposition and the lands from whence they came would desolate.They would even flee when none pursued them. [Lev. 14-39]

Their(the Hebrews') cities and lands would be desolate and turned into wastelands_[Lev. 26: 31, 32]

Their(the Hebrews’) cities and lands would be desolate and turned into wastelands_[Lev. 26: 31, 32]

Only if the children of Israel were to confront their iniquities, and the iniquities of the foreparents which strayed away from God, then he would remember the covenant. [Lev. 26: 40-46]

In the conclusion of this study of this portion for the Sabbath, vows were put into the proper order as well, for the children of Israel.  The order for presentation to God, was aligned by the instruction which laid upon Mount Sinai. [Lev. 27]

*[SPECIAL NOTES]*

I would also like everyone to note that with this Sabbath being apart of Behar, with Mount Sinai as part of the subject, let us remember the relics founds upon this mountain, which still happen to be hidden from the general public, who interpret & correctly put into place their significance.

St. Catherine Monastery_Mt. Sinai, Egypt

St. Catherine Monastery_Mt. Sinai, Egypt

"Has God(JAH Ras Tafari) visited Mount Sinai since the Wilderness?"

“Has God(JAH Ras Tafari) visited Mount Sinai since the Wilderness?”

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Christ or "The Pantocrator" relic found at Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai, Egypt region.

Christ or “The Pantocrator” relic found at Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai, Egypt region.

So, is the Rasta-man still delusional, nay-sayer? Give me a break?!!! Stiffnecked Fools

So, is the Rasta-man still delusional, nay-sayer? Give me a break?!!! Stiffnecked Fools

Christ In His Kingly Character..."me a make no apology, se'en?!"

Christ In His Kingly Character…”me a make no apology, se’en?!”

THIS SABBATH MARKS FASIKA-TINSA’EY, AS WELL AS, ETHIOPIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!

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[A memorial letter for Ethiopia’s Fasika-Tinsa’ey (“Easter”) Celebration]

http://www.freewebs.com/ethiog/ethiopia.htm

The letter written from a Ethiopian recalling the times in Ethiopian for the celebration of Fasika/Tinsa’ey are to be shown for the joy of the “Triumphant Christ.”

Even the Ethiopic-Christian practices of antiquity hold to a Hebraic center, after all, Christ told his disciples to “…go into all nations and preach the Gospel…,” it just so happens that those who heard and sought to do the will of God, by the words of these Apostles, who were Hebrews, became known as “Christians”,….hence what the world knows now as the “Judeo-Christian faith”, theology, logic, or whatever else they tend to try to brand it with.

Christians are Hebrews at heart,”…Dr. Phil Valentine-EL

…Still Need More Proof….? Sheesh!!! Well alright here you go….

As Hebrews/Israelites/Jews bring an end to the Shabbot/Sabbath this evening (May 3rd, 2013-Iyar 23rd), Ethiopian-Christians will be spending the night in a church, (by tradition; if ones participate by ability) to read, study, sing, and prepare for the Resurrection of Christ.  They will light candles just as the candles on the Menorah are lit, but in contrast to the modern Judaism, Ethiopian-Christians will, as we Ras Tafari say; “lively up themselves“, wearing beautifully embroidered garments.  They will sing songs, beat the drums and use sistrums played by Ethiopian priests, nuns, and laymen(everyday people).

IT IS A JOYOUS EVENT, IN SPIRIT & PRACTICE!

Ingathering at the church

Ingathering at the church

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the "Sistrum"; another mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture & the probably world's first tamborine. lol!

the “Sistrum”; another mirror of a Hamo-Shemitic culture & probably the world’s first tamborine. lol!

EXAMPLE OF THE SISTRUM USE IN ETHIOPIA; in link below

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መልካም ትንሣኤ በዓል!!!!

*MAY DAY!!,….MAY DAY!! Aዎ, INDEPENDENCE HAS BEEN DECLARED*

ETHIOPIAN INDEPENDENCE DAY: NEVER COLONIZED SO YOU SHOULD RECOGNIZE!

But the whole of Ethiopia(the continent) will reap the benefit!

But the whole of Ethiopia(the continent) will reap the benefit! JAH RAS TAFARI!!!!!

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I&I should coin/patent these phrases, right?!….

but, anyway MAY JAH(GOD) BLESS YOU & KEEP YOU, MAKE HIS FACE TO SHINE UPON.

love & light,

Yohann Immanuel  “Lidj Yefdi”