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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Behar

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Parasha Summary - Behar

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B'Har deals primarily with Shmita & Yovel. Every 7 years, Hashem commands the Land to rest. G-d promises a special blessing so we will have enough to eat for 3 years even when the fields lie fallow. In the 50th year of Yovel, land reverts back to its original owner; slaves are freed & debts canceled.

We are commanded to assist the poor through tzedaka & chesed, & by raising them to help themselves. We may not charge interest on loans to fellow Jews. We are to observe Shabbat & shun idolatry. We may not oppress others, by word or deed, even refraining from referring to a convert's past life.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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