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BEHAR and BECHUKOTAI Shabbat Video Commentary

Israel: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34 || Jeremiah 16,19 – 17,14
Galut: Leviticus 25:1 – 27,34 || Jeremiah 16:19 –17:34

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both time and space in order to reveal and make visible the holiness in G-d’s creation»…more:

«The book of Leviticus concludes with a stark but promising choice: Either regard life as void of meaning, empty of purpose, vacant, meaningless and futile and discover that life regards you likewise, and suffer the torturous consequences, or „follow My [G-d’s] statutes and observe My commandments and perform them,“ and see the purpose and holiness in life, and G-d will bless you with all good things»…more:

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat BECHUKOTAI Temple Institute Commentary

Israel: Bamidbar (Numbers1:1 – 4:20)

Galut: Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34):
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both time and space in order to reveal and make visible the holiness in G-d’s creation…more:“

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat BEHAR Temple Institute Commentary

Israel: Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34)

Galut: Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2):
Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:

The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both time and space in order to reveal and make visible the holiness in G-d’s creation…more:“

Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Bechukotai Israel-Readings and Video Commentary

Leviticus 26:3-27:34 || Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

 

    Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

      „Talking the talk is not enough. We need to walk the walk. This is meaning of parashat Bechukotai’s opening verse: „If you walk in My decrees.“ If we are bold enough to take G-d up on His offer, we shall be blessed with all forms of prosperity, security and peace. But even more so, if we walk in G-d’s way, He will establish His abode within our midst, and He will walk among us“ …more:

      Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Shabbat Bechukotai Readings and Video Commentary

Levitivcus 26:3-27:34; Jeremiah 16:19–17:14

    Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
    „Bechukotai, the concluding parasha of the book of Leviticus, is all about the blessings that Israel will receive when she performs G-d’s will and the „curses“ or admonitions that she will incur when she doesn’t perform G-d’s will. Leviticus, more than any other of the five books of Torah, reflects how G-d wishes to be related to by man. It is only fitting then, that the book should conclude with a question posed by G-d: How does man wish to be related to by G-d? Do we want to bring G-d into our world and thereby receive His blessings? Or do we wish to relate to G-d only „casually“ and thereby bring upon ourselves endless admonitions?“:

    Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai

The Sabbatical Year makes Eretz Yisrael to His Land HaAretz

Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34; Jeremia 16:19 – 17:14

Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:


While in recent years the weight of the commentary by Rabbi Richman hab been laid on the first Parasha „Behar“…

    „G-d commands the children of Israel to observe the sabbatical year by letting the land of Israel rest. This act of sanctifying the land by placing our total faith in G-d, grants us the peace we so fervently desire.“


…his current commentary is focussing the second Parasha „Bechukotai“:

„Wanted: Dead or alive! There is no doubt that G-d loves and wants His people Israel. Either we are alive to His presence, and worthy of the blessings listed in Behar-Bechukotai, or we are dead to His presence, and thus deserving of the horrific admonitions enumerated in Behar-Bechukotai. The choice is ours!“

Shabbat Shalom!

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Parashat Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai Readings and Commentary

The Sabbatical Year makes Eretz Yisrael to His Land HaAretz

Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34; Jeremia 16:19 – 17:14
Abstract of a Commentary on this parasha
by Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem:

This week we again have a double Torah portion. In the first part, „BeHar – At the mount (Sinai),“ God’s appointed times of rest are stressed.
God ordered resting times for mankind and for nature, which He connected with the number seven (sheva). In Hebrew, a week is called shavua because of its seven days. The shabbat, the seventh day, is the holy resting day for all mankind, even gentiles (see Isaiah 66).

 

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Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
„G-d commands the children of Israel to observe the sabbatical year by letting the land of Israel rest. This act of sanctifying the land by placing our total faith in G-d, grants us the peace we so fervently desire.“ Watch Video-Commentary here ▼

Nor was nature forgotten. According to our reading, the land should rest every seven years (the Sh’mita Year).
Additionally, the Seventh Millenium – according to the Jewish calender we are ending the 6000 years! The Mishna refers to this when it calls the Shabbat, the seventh day, a „foretaste of the World-to-Come.“

Seven, as we can see, is a number of fullness and completion (shalem), which has the same root of the word for peace (shalom).
In the second part of our double portion, beginning from chapter 26, the topic is that of blessing and curse. When we serve God with joy and walk in His paths, He showers/overwhelms us with His blessings, and keeps us away from any curse.

Shabbat Shalom!

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Shabbat Bechukotai Readings and Video Commantary

Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34; Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman, The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:

Bechukotai, the concluding parasha of the book of Leviticus, is all about the blessings that Israel will receive when she performs G-d’s will and the „curses“ or admonitions that she will incur when she doesn’t perform G-d’s will. Leviticus, more than any other of the five books of Torah, reflects how G-d wishes to be related to by man. It is only fitting then, that the book should conclude with a question posed by G-d: How does man wish to be related to by G-d? Do we want to bring G-d into our world and thereby receive His blessings? Or do we wish to relate to G-d only „casually“ and thereby bring upon ourselves endless admonitions?

Shabbat Shalom

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