Torah Portion

Bechukotai

בחקתי

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

How All Kohanim Became “Sons of Aaron”

How All Kohanim Became “Sons of Aaron”

The Bible knows about many priestly families, including the Levites, the Mushites (descendants of Moses), and the Zadokites. By the time of Ezra and Chronicles, however, only Aaronide priests were legitimate, and other families either merged with them or were demoted.

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Mark Leuchter
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Does God’s Property Belong to the Priesthood? Hittite Versus Biblical Law

Does God’s Property Belong to the Priesthood? Hittite Versus Biblical Law

Leviticus allows priests and their families to enjoy the donations and sacrifices to YHWH. This differs from Hittite practice of forbidding priests access to holy objects outside of limited ritual contexts. What is the reason for the difference between theses two priestly systems?

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Ada Taggar-Cohen
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Parents Eating their Children – The Torah's Curse and Its Undertones in Medieval Interpretation

Parents Eating their Children – The Torah's Curse and Its Undertones in Medieval Interpretation

Early rabbinic interpretation connected the curse of child eating (Lev 26:29; Deut 28:53-57) with the description of the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem in Lamentations (2:20 and 4:10) and the Roman destruction of the Second Temple. In the Middle Ages, however, Jewish commentators de-emphasize this connection. The reason for this may lie in the 12th c. development of Christian Bible commentary.

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Wendy Love Anderson
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Comparing Curses

Comparing Curses

Leviticus 26 and Deuteronomy 28 are often lumped together, as the two great curses, but their careful comparison reveals some fundamental and surprising differences.

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Marc Zvi Brettler
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Jeremiah's Teaching of the Trees

Jeremiah's Teaching of the Trees

The verdant tree and the desert shrub: Jeremiah’s wisdom psalm (17:5-8) uses this arboreal simile in poetic parallelism to offer a poignant message: A person who trusts in God will still confront challenges.

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Andrea L. Weiss
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Bechukotai

בחקתי

Leviticus 26:3-27:34

וְרָדְפוּ מִכֶּם חֲמִשָּׁה מֵאָה וּמֵאָה מִכֶּם רְבָבָה יִרְדֹּפוּ...

ויקרא כו:ח

Five of you shall give chase to a hundred, and a hundred of you shall give chase to ten thousand...

Lev 26:8

Leviticus

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