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“Six years you shall sow your field... and harvest your crops, but the seventh year shall be a Sabbath of strict rest for the land, you must not sow your field...” -Behar 25:1ff. “If you wonder, ‘What will we eat in the seventh year...?’ I shall command M...
In the Sidra of Behar, instructions are given about the observance of two special kinds of sanctified year—the seventh year (Shemittah or “release”) when the land was rested and lay fallow; and the fiftieth year (Yovel or “Jubilee”) when the Hebrew slaves...
This Torah reading begins by describing the mitzvah of the Sabbatical year. Just as every week, we rest on the seventh day, in the land of Israel, every seventh year, the land is left to lie fallow. This pattern is also reflected in the pattern of history...
Our parshah tells us about Shemittah : “For six years, you may plant your fields, prune your vineyards, and harvest your crops, but the seventh year is a Shabbos . . . for the land.” In Eretz Yisrael, this means a lot more than just checking the label on ...
Behar
Adapted fromLikkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 276ff;Vol. XXII, p. 159ff The Inner Message of Our Sages’ Debate We find the following difference of opinion recorded by the Talmud:Sotah 5a. Rav Chiyya bar Ashi states in the name of Rav: “A Torah scholar should ha...
The Cost of Lending at Interest This week's Torah reading includes the prohibition against giving or taking interest.Both the lender and the borrower are liable, as reflected in Devarim 23:20. See Shulchan Aruch HaRav, Hilchos Ribis. The passage concludes...
Leviticus 25:1–26:2
The ninth section of the Book of Leviticus opens as Moses hears G d’s voice in the Tabernacle at the foot of the mountain (Behar, in Hebrew), commanding him to convey to the Jewish people the laws of the sabbatical and Jubilee years.
"וידבר ה' אל משה בהר סיני... ושבתה הארץ שבת לה'... ובשנה השביעת שבת שבתון" “G‑d spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai... the land shall observe a Shabbat rest for G‑d... the seventh year shall be a complete rest for the land.” (25:1-4) QUESTION: What is the conne...
In the Torah portion of Behar, the verse describes the Sabbatical Year, Shemittah, as follows:Vayikra 25:4. “The seventh year is a sabbath of sabbaths for the land; it is a sabbath unto G-d, during which you may not plant your fields nor prune your vineya...
The Torah reading of Behar begins with:Vayikra 25:1. “G-d spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai.” It then goes on to provide a detailed account of the laws of Shemittah, the Sabbatical year. Rashi , quoting Toras Kohanim asks:Ibid. “What has Shemittah to do with ...
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