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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Bechukotai

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Parasha Summary - Bechukotai

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B’chukotai promises prosperity for the Jewish People if we follow Hashem's commandments. But if we fail to live up to the responsibility of being the Chosen People, then chilling punishments result. These punishments, whose purpose is to bring the Jewish People to repent, are in 7 stages, they represent 7 steps leading to denial of Hashem: Failure to study Torah; failure to keep Mitzvot; hatred of those who do keep Mitzvot; hatred of the Rabbis; preventing others from keeping Mitzvot; denial of the Mitzvot's authenticity; denial of G-d. We conclude Sefer Vayikra with "Chazak, Chazak, V'Nitchazek!"
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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