Parsha Behar – Give it up for Heaven

“You shall perfom my decrees and observe my ordinances and perform them; then you shall dwell securely on the land.” Vaykira 25:18                                       Jews go into exile for failing to observe Shmita.[1] This is not simply on the national level. On a personal level as well, the Talmud[2] tells us

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Parshas Behar #2

Topics covered in this class: Behar as a continuum. A “classical” mitzvah. The meaning of Shmittah. Behar as a continuum. Holiness is found in three realms: people, time and place. In Kedoshim we spoke of sanctifying oneself with that which the Torah permits. In Emor we spoke

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Parshas Behar

Topics in this class: The Oral Torah and the Written Torah. The Mitzvah of Shmitta. The Written and Oral Torahs Behar: Rashi – “all was given over to Sinai”. Question: Why was Shmitta chosen to demonstrate this principle? Some informal points concerning the Oral Torah:* The joke,

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Parshas Behar

This week’s Torah portion Behar is about the Land of Israel and the strange connection that the Jewish People have to it. The very first directive by G-d to the Jewish People underscores this odd yet special relationship: “G-d spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying: Speak

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Parshas Behar

Based on Rav Noah Weinberg What is the most profound way you could help another human being? And, with so many to be helped, how is one to decide which need is greater? In this week’s Torah portion, we are commanded to reach out and help our

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