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Torah Reading for Behar

Torah Reading for Behar

In Israel: Bechukotai

Parshat Behar
Shabbat, 20 Iyar, 5776
28 May, 2016
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Haftarah: (Jeremiah 32:6-22)
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Please note: These Haftarah texts follow Chabad custom. Other communities could possibly read more, less, or a different section of the Prophets altogether. Please consult with your rabbi.

Jeremiah Chapter 32

6And Jeremiah said: The word of the Lord came to me, saying:   ווַיֹּ֖אמֶר יִרְמְיָ֑הוּ הָיָ֥ה דְּבַר־יְהֹוָ֖ה אֵלַ֥י לֵאמֹֽר:
And Jeremiah said, etc.: He did not say this to Zedekiah but Scripture explained why he imprisoned him and then returned to its first statement to explain what the word was that came to Jeremiah.   :
7Behold, Hanamel, the son of Shallum your uncle, is coming to you, saying: Buy for yourself my field that is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.   זהִנֵּ֣ה חֲנַמְאֵ֗ל בֶּן־שַׁלֻּם֙ דֹּֽדְךָ֔ בָּ֥א אֵלֶ֖יךָ לֵאמֹ֑ר קְנֵ֣ה לְךָ֗ אֶת־שָׂדִי֙ אֲשֶׁ֣ר בָּֽעֲנָת֔וֹת כִּ֥י לְךָ֛ מִשְׁפַּ֥ט הַגְּאֻלָּ֖ה לִקְנֽוֹת:
is coming: By Divine command.   :
8Then Hanamel, my uncle's son, came to me in the prison yard, according to the word of the Lord, and said to me; Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, that is in the country of Benjamin, for the right of inheritance is yours, and you have the right of redemption; buy it for yourself." And I knew that this was the word of the Lord.   חוַיָּבֹ֣א אֵ֠לַי חֲנַמְאֵ֨ל בֶּן־דֹּדִ֜י כִּדְבַ֣ר יְהֹוָה֘ אֶל־חֲצַ֣ר הַמַּטָּרָה֒ וַיֹּ֣אמֶר אֵלַ֡י קְנֵ֣ה נָ֠א אֶת־שָׂדִ֨י אֲשֶׁר־בַּֽעֲנָת֜וֹת אֲשֶׁ֣ר | בְּאֶ֣רֶץ בִּנְיָמִ֗ין כִּ֣י לְךָ֞ מִשְׁפַּ֧ט הַֽיְרֻשָּׁ֛ה וּלְךָ֥ הַגְּאֻלָּ֖ה קְנֵה־לָ֑ךְ וָֽאֵדַ֕ע כִּ֥י דְבַר־יְהֹוָ֖ה הֽוּא:
9So I bought the field from Hanamel, my uncle's son, which was in Anathoth, and weighed him the money, seven shekels and ten pieces of silver.   טוָֽאֶקְנֶה֙ אֶת־הַשָּׂדֶ֔ה מֵאֵ֛ת חֲנַמְאֵ֥ל בֶּן־דֹּדִ֖י אֲשֶׁ֣ר בַּֽעֲנָת֑וֹת וָֽאֶשְׁקֲלָה־לּוֹ֙ אֶת־הַכֶּ֔סֶף שִׁבְעָ֥ה שְׁקָלִ֖ים וַֽעֲשָׂרָ֥ה הַכָּֽסֶף:
10And I wrote a bill of sale and signed it and took witnesses, and weighed the silver on a scale.   יוָֽאֶכְתֹּ֚ב בַּסֵּ֙פֶר֙ וָֽאֶחְתֹּ֔ם וָֽאָעֵ֖ד עֵדִ֑ים וָֽאֶשְׁקֹ֥ל הַכֶּ֖סֶף בְּמֹֽאזְנָֽיִם:
11And I took the deed of the purchase, that which was signed according to the law and the conditions, and that which was open.   יאוָֽאֶקַּ֖ח אֶת־סֵ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֑ה אֶת־הֶֽחָת֛וּם הַמִּצְוָ֥ה וְהַֽחֻקִּ֖ים וְאֶת־הַגָּלֽוּי:
the deed of the purchase: The deed of the sale.   :
that which was signed, etc.: With its signature as it was signed according so the law and the statute.   :
and that which was open: Which was confirmed in the court by word of its witnesses, and the judges wrote and signed a judicial confirmation. This is the confirmation of the deeds to make the matter open and publicized lest the witnesses die, and our Rabbis explained this concerning a plain, open document and a folded one in Baba Bathra (160b).   :
12And I gave the deed of the purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah the son of Maaseiah in the presence of Hanamel my uncle and in the presence of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, in the presence of all the Jews who sat in the prison yard.   יבוָֽאֶתֵּ֞ן אֶת־הַסֵּ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֗ה אֶל־בָּר֣וּךְ בֶּן־נֵֽרִיָּה֘ בֶּן־מַחְסֵיָה֒ לְעֵינֵי֙ חֲנַמְאֵ֣ל דֹּדִ֔י וּלְעֵינֵי֙ הָ֣עֵדִ֔ים הַכֹּֽתְבִ֖ים בְּסֵ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֑ה לְעֵינֵי֙ כָּל־הַיְּהוּדִ֔ים הַיֹּֽשְׁבִ֖ים בַּֽחֲצַ֥ר הַמַּטָּרָֽה:
in the presence of Hanamel my uncle: And until now, he calls him “my uncle’s son.” Perhaps there were two. Otherwise, I do not know what it means. Some are inclined to say that Hanamel was both Jeremiah’s uncle and his uncle’s son; e.g. Reuben married the daughter of his brother Simon, and she bore him Jemuel, and Simon had already begotten Jamin. Hence, Jamin is Jemuel’s uncle, since he is his mother’s brother, and also his uncle’s son, since he is the son of Simon, Jemuel’s father’s brother. This is, however, not the method of expression, for we do not find anywhere in the Bible, that the mother’s brother is called an uncle.   :
13And I charged Baruch in their presence, saying:   יגוָֽאֲצַוֶּה֙ אֶת בָּר֔וּךְ לְעֵֽינֵיהֶ֖ם לֵאמֹֽר:
14So said the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Take these scrolls, this deed of purchase and the signed one and this open scroll, and put them into an earthen vessel so that they remain many years.   ידכֹּֽה־אָמַר֩ יְהֹוָ֨ה צְבָא֜וֹת אֱלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל לָק֣וֹחַ אֶת־הַסְּפָרִ֣ים הָאֵ֡לֶּה אֵ֣ת סֵפֶר֩ הַמִּקְנָ֨ה הַזֶּ֜ה וְאֵ֣ת הֶֽחָת֗וּם וְאֵ֨ת סֵ֚פֶר הַגָּלוּי֙ הַזֶּ֔ה וּנְתַתָּ֖ם בִּכְלִי־חָ֑רֶשׂ לְמַ֥עַן יַֽעַמְד֖וּ יָמִ֥ים רַבִּֽים:
So said, etc.: Do not say that I am concealing them for nothing since everyone is going into exile.   :
15For so says the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel; Houses and fields and vineyards shall be purchased again in this land.   טוכִּ֣י כֹ֥ה אָמַ֛ר יְהֹוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת אֱלֹהֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל ע֣וֹד יִקָּנ֥וּ בָתִּ֛ים וְשָׂד֥וֹת וּכְרָמִ֖ים בָּאָ֥רֶץ הַזֹּֽאת:
For so says the Lord: They will ultimately purchase houses.   :
16And I prayed to the Lord after I had delivered the deed of purchase into the hand of Baruch the son of Neriah, saying,   טזוָֽאֶתְפַּלֵּ֖ל אֶל־יְהֹוָ֑ה אַֽחֲרֵ֚י תִתִּי֙ אֶת־סֵ֣פֶר הַמִּקְנָ֔ה אֶל־בָּר֥וּךְ בֶּן־נֵרִיָּ֖ה לֵאמֹֽר:
17"Ho! O Lord God, behold, You have made the heaven and the earth by Your great power and Your outstretched arm, and nothing is hidden from You,   יזאֲהָהּ֘ אֲדֹנָ֣י יֱהֹוִה֒ הִנֵּ֣ה | אַתָּ֣ה עָשִׂ֗יתָ אֶת־הַשָּׁמַ֙יִם֙ וְאֶת־הָאָ֔רֶץ בְּכֹֽחֲךָ֙ הַגָּד֔וֹל וּבִזְרֹֽעֲךָ֖ הַנְּטוּיָ֑ה לֹֽא־יִפָּלֵ֥א מִמְּךָ֖ כָּל־דָּבָֽר:
nothing is hidden from You: Nothing is hidden; hence You know that we are destined to be exiled, so why did You tell me to buy a field?   :
18Who exercises loving- kindness to thousands and requites the iniquity of the fathers in the bosom of the children who follow them, O Great and Mighty God, the Lord of Hosts is His Name.   יחעֹ֚שֶׂה חֶ֙סֶד֙ לַֽאֲלָפִ֔ים וּמְשַׁלֵּם֙ עֲו‍ֹ֣ן אָב֔וֹת אֶל־חֵ֥יק בְּנֵיהֶ֖ם אַֽחֲרֵיהֶ֑ם הָאֵ֚ל הַגָּדוֹל֙ הַגִּבּ֔וֹר יְהֹוָ֥ה צְבָא֖וֹת שְׁמֽוֹ:
and requites the iniquity of the fathers in the bosom: Of this generation who follow their ancestors in their evil way.   :
Great and Mighty: But he did not say, “and awesome.” He said. Heathens are dancing in His Temple. Where then are His awesome deeds? In Tractate Yoma (69b).   :
19Who is great in counsel and mighty in carrying it out, for Your eyes are open to all the ways of mankind, to give everyone in accordance with his ways and in accordance with the fruit of his deeds,   יטגְּדֹל֙ הָֽעֵצָ֔ה וְרַ֖ב הָֽעֲלִֽילִיָּ֑ה אֲשֶׁר־עֵינֶ֣יךָ פְקֻח֗וֹת עַל־כָּל־דַּרְכֵי֙ בְּנֵ֣י אָדָ֔ם לָתֵ֚ת לְאִישׁ֙ כִּדְרָכָ֔יו וְכִפְרִ֖י מַֽעֲלָלָֽיו:
20Who performed signs and wonders in the land of Egypt until this day, and in Israel and in mankind, and have made a name for Yourself as of this day.   כאֲשֶׁ֣ר שַֹ֠מְתָּ אֹת֨וֹת וּמֹֽפְתִ֚ים בְּאֶ֚רֶץ מִצְרַ֙יִם֙ עַד־הַיּ֣וֹם הַזֶּ֔ה וּבְיִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל וּבָֽאָדָ֑ם וַתַּֽעֲשֶׂה־לְּךָ֥ שֵׁ֖ם כַּיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה:
and in mankind: And in other people. Another explanation: Signs that were equal for Israel and for the Egyptians. How so?“And there was the cloud and the darkness, and it illuminated the night” (Exodus 14:20). That guardian angel that served darkness for the Egyptians, served light for the Israelites Midrash Aggadah (source unknown). And Jonathan renders: And for Israel You performed wonders among people.   :
21And You brought Your people Israel forth out of the land of Egypt with signs and with wonders and with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great fearfulness.   כאוַתֹּצֵ֛א אֶת־עַמְּךָ֥ אֶת־יִשְׂרָאֵ֖ל מֵאֶ֣רֶץ מִצְרָ֑יִם בְּאֹת֣וֹת וּבְמֽוֹפְתִ֗ים וּבְיָ֚ד חֲזָקָה֙ וּבְאֶזְר֣וֹעַ נְטוּיָ֔ה וּבְמוֹרָ֖א גָּדֽוֹל:
22And You gave them this land which You swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey.   כבוַתִּתֵּ֚ן לָהֶם֙ אֶת־הָאָ֣רֶץ הַזֹּ֔את אֲשֶׁר־נִשְׁבַּ֥עְתָּ לַֽאֲבוֹתָ֖ם לָתֵ֣ת לָהֶ֑ם אֶ֛רֶץ זָבַ֥ת חָלָ֖ב וּדְבָֽשׁ:
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