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Behar-Bechukotai in a Nutshell

Behar-Bechukotai in a Nutshell

Leviticus 25:1–27:34


On the mountain of Sinai, G‑d communicates to Moses the laws of the Sabbatical year: every seventh year, all work on the land should cease, and its produce becomes free for the taking for all, man and beast.

Seven Sabbatical cycles are followed by a fiftieth year—the Jubilee year, on which work on the land ceases, all indentured servants are set free, and all ancestral estates in the Holy Land that have been sold revert to their original owners. Additional laws governing the sale of lands, and the prohibitions against fraud and usury, are also given.

G‑d promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him. Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the L‑rd their G‑d.”

The Parshah concludes with the rules on how to calculate the values of different types of pledges made to G‑d.

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Faberm Texas May 15, 2017

Why are there two Parashah on this week? I notice that this week there is Behar (No.31) and Bechukotai (No.32). Reply

Simcha Bart for May 19, 2017
in response to Faberm:

Since there are more Parshas than there are Sabbaths in which they can be read over the Jewish calendar cycle, certain Torah portions are sometimes doubled up. How many will be doubled, if at all, will depend on the particular year. For example, when a Jewish Holiday coincides with Shabbat, then the Torah reading is specific to the Holiday, and not the regular weekly Torah portion. On the other hand, during a Jewish leap year - where an entire month is added to the calendar, there may not be the need to double them.


David Rankin September 14, 2012

Year of Jubilee By my reading, the full Jubilee year celebration requires a Temple ceremony and other festivities which will not be able to be practiced until the coming of the Messiah. However the timing of the Jubilee year is still recorded. When is the next Jubilee year expected? Reply

Jonathan Rausch Boca Raton, Fl May 16, 2017
in response to David Rankin:

It won't be until all the tribes are back in Israel. Reply

annonymous ottawa, canada May 15, 2012

Thanks! I finally know the difference between the Jubilee and Sabbitical year. Reply

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