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Parshat Behar-Bechukotai

5761 In our day and age there are a lot of Jews that still do not observe Torah and its commandments. The beginnings of both of this weeks two sections give several reasons why.
5762 This week's section contains the prohibition of taking interest on money loaned to a Jew by a Jew (25: 35-9). This is not understood. What is wrong with taking interest? Money that is loaned becomes inactive for the giver; he cannot invest or even pay his bills with it, while the borrower can use and even profit from it. So why not allow the loaner to at least cover his own loss and take interest?
5764 This week's double section begins with the commandment of 'Shmita'. This means that farmers in Israel can work the land only six years in a row and then must stop in the seventh 'Shmita' year.
5766 This week's double section begins with a disappointment and ends with a curse. It begins with a powerful introduction: "G-d spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai saying the following" and then goes on to explain only ONE commandment called Shmita (farmers in Israel must not work the land on the seventh year). Shmita is only relevant to farmers in Israel once every seven years.
5767 This Shabbat we read two portions of the Torah that together contain 36 interesting commandments such as the details of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, various monetary and property laws, the law of the Jewish slave and more.
5769 This week's double Torah portion contains 36 commandments and ends with 49 curses awaiting the Jews if they don't follow G-d's Torah. At first glance this is not understood. G-d created this world with human beings that have egos which want to be natural. So why do we get punished?
5770 The second of this week's double portion begins with a strange statement. G-d tells the Jewish people; "If you will only walk in my laws (Chukosai)…. Then I will give the rains in the proper times etc."
5772 This week we finish the book of Leviticus with 49 curses! In another week will be the holiday of Shavuos commemorating the giving of the Torah over 3,300 years ago on Mount Sinai.
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