Greetings in the name of His & Her Imperial Majesties Qedamawi Haile Sellassie I & Itege Menen Asfaw,
I welcome you all to a new regeneration of cycle Torah readings! This is another one of the many interpretations of the Scriptures from the light of Ras Tafari by, I, Lidj Yefdi (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 24th – כד, & the 25th – כה, of the month of Ab(v) – אָב, in the year of 5780. (the Hebrew Calendar corresponds to a Lunar cycle of the Moon) From an Ethiopic-Christian perspective and calculation, where the current year is 2012/7512; these readings from the Scriptures would align to what is known, also as Inähō – እነሆ. This would calculate as the 8th – ፰, & the 9th – ፱, 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).
Deuteronomy 11:26- 16:17
Isaiah 54:11- 55:5
John 7: 37-52
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.”
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]
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.
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.
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.
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 year–Shemittah” 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.
“…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.]
Sabbath Readings’ Companion book
- the Ras Tafari Sabbath Companion Booklet to the cyclical Torah Readings. Hebraic in essence, & Christened in interpretation. A very valuable tool when teaching to children, or introducing one's self to the Judaic/Hebraic forms of approaching study of the Scripture in entirety.