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Behar-Bechukotai Videos

Jono’s Little Mountain Song
Behar Parshah Report
Jono learns a lesson about being humble when he has to dress up in a very cute little mountain costume and sing an adorable little song. Oh, and no monologues this week.
Parsha Gems: Behar-Bechukotai
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
Unfaithful Consequences
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Behar-Bechukotai
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
The Kabbalah of Saving the Environment
Our responsibility to preserve G-d’s world
Torah charges us to cherish and preserve the environment, for all of nature is purposeful and is by Divine design. We are G-d’s custodians of the world.
What Every Relationship Needs
Parshat Bechukotai
One of the worst things for a relationship is casual neglect. Here’s how to prevent a relationship from slipping into autopilot mode.
How to Achieve World Peace
Something Spiritual on Parshat Bechukotai
Why We Need Each Other
Growing Weekly: Parshat Bechukotai
Eat to Live or Live to Eat?
Life Lessons from Parshat Behar
The Torah specifically links the mitzvah of resting on the Sabbatical year to Mount Sinai. This demonstrates a powerful lesson in the proper approach to work and higher living.
Torah: The Great Antidote
Life Lessons from Parshat Bechukotai
A big focus of this Torah portion is the importance of Torah study, and all the many blessings it brings. This is a timely lesson in strengthening our commitment to daily Torah study.
The Servant in Jewish Law
Parsha Behar
The Sages say that he who acquires a slave acquires a master for himself. What are the rules that govern indentured servitude? Maimonides "Laws of Slaves" is used as a primary source. (Based on Likkutei Sichos vol. 37)
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Parsha Behar-Bechukotai
A profound and novel understanding of Torah's promise of reward for fulfilling the commandments. (Likutei Sichos vol. 37, p.72)
Curses Forever?
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Curses Forever?
Ezra the Scribe ordained that on the Shabbat before Shavuot, and again before Rosh Hashanah, the Torah readings containing the calamities that will befall the Jewish people for failure to observe the commandments shall be read. This class explores the inner meaning behind these dire warnings and reveals their uplifting message.
Redemption and Our Forefather Jacob
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Bechukotai
After mentioning various curses for failing to perform G-d’s laws, the Torah says that at the end of time, G-d will bring an end to the Jewish people's exile by remembering the Patriarchs: “And I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and my covenant with Isaac, and also my covenant with Abraham I will remember….” (Leviticus 26:42) Why are the patriarchs listed in reverse chronological order? And why is the name Jacob (Yaakov) spelled yud-ayin-kuf-vav-vet with an extra vav, when it is always spelled yud-ayin-kuf-vet without a vav?
Does the Bible Believe in Slavery?
How to Study Torah - Behar-Bechukotai
What does the Torah say about this thankfully antiquated practice? If slavery as an institution is recognized by the Bible, how do we reconcile this with the eternality of the Torah?
Freedom: Being G-d's Servant
Parsha Behar
The different categories of servants in the Torah, and their symbolism and relevance even nowadays in our spiritual service of G-d.
A Holy Exchange
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A Holy Exchange
The mitzvah of Temurah on five levels
If one endeavors to substitute his animal sacrifice with a different animal, whether superior or inferior, both maintain a holy status. Learn about this mitzvah of Temurah (exchanging sacrifices) on five levels of understanding.
Parshah Insights: Behar
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Getting Grounded!
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Getting Grounded!
Shemita: an oasis of calm every seven years
The parshah of Behar opens with the mitzvah of Shemita, the grounding injunction to refrain working the Holy Land’s soil every seven years. This ground-breaking class uncovers treasures buried just beneath the crust of this most unusual biblical commandment. In addition to garnering a clear understanding of the exceptional scriptural syntax and a range of unique Torah teachings, you’ll discover a whole new level of consciousness and learn how to retain an oasis of calm even as some of the structures we may have centred our lives around appear to be collapsing!
The Divine Origin of Torah
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The Divine Origin of Torah
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on why the Torah links Shemitah to Sinai
Rashi maps out when the different elements of Judaism were originally taught and the Rebbe derives from it a fascinating insight into how we practice Judaism.
G-d’s Looking at You
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G-d’s Looking at You
Exploring Rashi’s commentary on Hashem turning His attention to us
G-d promises us blessings if we do what He says. In this segment, Rashi exposes a whole new dimension to those blessings that we may have easily overlooked.
Learning the Haftorah: Bechukotai
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Rabbi Gordon - Behar-Bechukotai: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Behar-Bechukotai: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Behar-Bechukotai: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Behar-Bechukotai: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Behar-Bechukotai: 7th Portion
Torah in Ten: Behar
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Torah in Ten: Behar
Topics include: What the Rebbe told the president of the United States about the meaning of the Sabbatical year, the importance of Mt. Sinai being a relatively small mountain, and the spiritual symbolism of the Jubilee year.
Torah in Ten: Bechukotai
Topics include: The definition of true perfection as the mixture of perfection and corrected imperfection, reward and punishment as cause and effect, why it's so difficult to perform your appointed mission in life.
The Sabbatical Year
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The Sabbatical Year
Practical Parshah - Behar
The agricultural restrictions of the seventh (shemita) year, how it is practiced by Jewish farmers in the Land of Israel today, and how it affects kosher consumers.
The Obligation to Study Torah
Practical Parshah - Bechukotai
Even laymen are obligated to be learned in Torah. But how much is one actually obligated to study? How often?
The Two Sinais - Part 1
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The Two Sinais
Part 1: The Mountain of Sinai
You may already know that the giving of the Torah -- which we celebrate on the holiday of Shavuot -- took place at Sinai. But what is Sinai? The Torah speaks of a wilderness called Sinai as well as a mountain by the same name. What is the difference between the desert and the mountain? And how does that shape our understanding of what happened there years ago?
Investing in Our Relationship
A Taste of Text—Bechukotai
In a healthy relationship, the love must deepen and grow, or the relationship is at risk of becoming static and stale. The same is true in our relationship with G‑d.
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