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Behar – Chamishi
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There’s a difference between a field and a building. If someone sells developed property in a walled city, it can only be redeemed for one year. If it’s not redeemed by the end of the year, it becomes the permanent property of the buyer. Such property does not revert back in the Jubilee year. Houses […]
Behar – Shishi
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If a person becomes impoverished, he may sell himself into servitude, but don’t treat him like an actual slave! He’s more like a household employee. The terms of his employment only last until the Jubilee year, then he returns to his hereditary property. Since G-d took the Jews out of Egypt, He claims them as […]
Behar – Sh’vi’i
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If a Jew becomes so impoverished that he must sell himself to a person from another nation, there is an obligation to redeem him. The obligation first falls on the person’s family. (In fact, if a relative has the means to redeem him but doesn’t want to, the courts can compel him to do so. […]
Behar – Haftarah
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Introduction and Summary This haftarah tells of Jeremiah’s buying a field from his cousin, Hanamel, as God had told him to, his prayer after following God’s command, and the first verse of God’s reply. In the sale itself, Jeremiah announces that God had told him, a day before, that Hanamel would come to ask if […]
Bechukotai – Rishon
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(As an aside, in this author’s opinion, parshas Bechukosai wins the award for Parsha with the Most Fun Name to Say. Just saying.) G-d says that if the Jews follow his laws, He will provide them with rains suitable for prosperous crops. Their crops will be so bountiful that the various agricultural seasons will run […]
Bechukotai – Sheini
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Not only that, but G-d will make peace in the land so that they can sleep soundly, without any fear. There will be no dangerous beasts to threaten people and invading armies won’t even pass through on their way to other nations. If the Jews keep G-d’s laws, He will enable small groups of them […]
Bechukotai – Shlishi
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Crops will be so plentiful that they’ll ultimately have to throw away what’s left from the previous harvest to make room for more. G-d will cause His Presence to dwell among the Jews and they will enjoy a unique relationship. But what if the Jews don’t keep the laws G-d has given them? That scenario […]
Bechukotai – R’vi’i
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G-d gave Moshe the appropriate values to use when a person pledges to donate the financial value of a person to the Temple. Between 20 and 60 years of age: 50 shekels for man and 30 shekels for a woman. Age 5-20: 20 shekels for a male and 10 shekels for a female. Between one […]
Bechukotai – Chamishi
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If a person pledges a field from his hereditary property to the Temple, its value will be calculated based upon how much seed one can sow there, as well as how far it is from the next Jubilee year. If the owner wants to redeem the field, he pays that amount plus 20 percent. If […]
Bechukotai – Shishi
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If someone pledges a field that is not hereditary property, but that he purchased, the value is calculated based on the time until the next Jubilee. Anyone can redeem it for that price, and the field goes back to its original owner in the Jubilee. A first-born animal automatically belongs to G-d, so it is […]