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Behar Behukotai

  • Behar Bechukotai 2017

    On Mount Sinai, G-d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year (known as ‘shmita’ - meaning ‘to release’), all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all. As soon as the Jewish people settled in the Holy Land, they began to count and observe seven-year cycles. The next shmita year will be in 5782 (2021/22).

  • Behar Behukotai 2017

    In the last sedra of Vayikra – Bechukatai -  we read what happens to us if we obey or do not obey God’s Teachings.  This is the Tochacha, literally ‘admonition’ and ‘warning’ that concludes the covenant of Sinai.  If the people embrace God’s commands, the land will be blessed with prosperity, security and peace (26:3-13).  Conversely, rejecting God’s edicts will result in the curses of disease (26:16-17), famine (26:18-20), wild beasts (26:21-22), war (26:23-26), destruction and exile (26:27-39).

  • Behar Behukotai 5773

    The Sidra of Behar is a relatively short Sidra and is devoted to holy periods of times which come only rarely.  It speaks about the year of release, called Sh’mittah, which occurs every seven years and the Jubilee year, which comes every 50 years. During the Sh’mittah years all agricultural activities have to cease. During the Jubilee year, which is not observed today, land was restored to its original owners and slaves were freed. The idea behind it was to ensure a certain economic equality amongst the population.

  • Behar Behukotai 2013

    Seven is a key number in Judaism, and in Parshat Behar we learn about the seven year cycle ending with the Sabbatical year, and the sevenfold cycle of 49 years that concludes with the Jubilee year. According to the law of Shmittah, every seventh year is to be a Shabbat of complete rest for the land.  Similarly, the earth in Israel is to remain unworked in the Yovel, or fiftieth year, at which time the ownership of land automatically returns to its ancestral heritage.

  • Behar Behukotai 2012

    Seven is a key number in Judaism, and in Parshat Behar we learn about the seven year cycle ending with the Sabbatical year, and the sevenfold cycle of 49 years that concludes with the Jubilee year. According to the law of Shmittah, every seventh year is to be a Shabbat of complete rest for the land.  Similarly, the earth in Israel is to remain unworked in the Yovel, or fiftieth year, at which time the ownership of land automatically returns to its ancestral heritage.

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