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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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EMOR and BEHAR Shabbat Video Commentary

Israel: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2 | Commentary
Galut: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 || Isaiah 44:15-31

Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman for The Temple Institute, Jerusalem, Israel:
«Parashat Emor, in its entirety, from its rules concerning the fitness of kohanim, to its roster of the annual festivals and holy days, and right to the commandment to kindle the golden menorah and place freshly baked show-bread upon the golden show-bread table, and concluding with the incident of the blasphemer, is a lesson in how we are to live our lives, day by day, in the presence of G-d in the world»…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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Diaspora: EMOR – Israel: BEHAR Shabbat Video Commentary

Diaspora/Galut Shabbat EMOR: Leviticus 21:1 – 24:23 || Ezekiel 44:15-31
Click here: Video Commentary Weekly Torah Portion: EMOR
Israel: BEHAR (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)

 

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

      „Equality, justice, freedom for all: these noble themes are all rooted in the recognition that G-d created the world and to G-d the world belongs. The shemittah sabbatical cycles and the Jubilee ‚Sabbath of sabbatical years‘ which are prerequisites for dwelling in the land of Israel, are declarations that the land itself belongs, not to us, but to G-d. As tenants and caretakers we are equal to one another. Our recognition of G-d’s exclusive ownership of the land of Israel is expressed in the Jubilee declaration of equality, justice, and freedom for all“ …more:

      Shabbat Shalom

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Parashat Shabbat BEHAR Readings and Video Commentary

Levitivcus 25:1-26:2; Jeremiah 32:6–27

    Video Commentary by Rabbi Chaim Richman of The Temple Institute, Jerusalem:
    „Keeping the Shmitta – Sabbatical – year, and the Yovel – Jubilee- in the land of Israel is an essential element of the nation of Israel’s relationship to the land of Israel, and our recognition that the land and all who dwell upon it, belong to HaShem. Recognizing that HaShem is the source of all is the secret of the Jubilee freedom we proclaim throughout the land.“:

    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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Parashat Shabbat BeHar – BeChukkotai Commentary

Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34; Jeremia 32:6-27
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 and The Sabbath Song▼).

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! – will see the establishment of Messiah’s Thousand-Year Kingdom, when peace and rest is declared over all the earth. 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.

“So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His.”

Shabbat Shalom!

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Sabbath Reading and Commentary for week 21, 2009, May 16th, Shabbat BeHar – BeChukkotai

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Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34; Jeremia 32:6-27
by Michael Schneider, israel today, Jerusalem

Commentary:
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). read more…

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