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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Behar

Parsha summary:B’har

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The Sedra of B'Har deals primarily with Shmita & Yovel. Every 7 years, Hashem commands the Land to rest, as the usual cycle of planting & harvesting is interrupted. Hashem promises a special blessing so that 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 are canceled.

We are commanded to assist the poor thru various methods of tzedaka & chesed, helping them to ultimately 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, inc. referring to a convert's past life.

Haftora: Yechezkel 32, "Vayomer Yirmiyahu."

(Note: Outside of Israel, Parshat Emor is read this Shabbat. Next Shabbat, we read B’Chukotai in Israel, while the double-portion B’Har-B’Chukotai is read outside of Israel. We will all be together on Parshat Bamidbar in 2 weeks; a fitting gesture of unity just before Shavuot, when we accepted the Torah as one person, with one heart!)


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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