Torah Portion

Behar

בהר

Leviticus 25:1-26:2
Jeremiah 32:6-27

Balancing Social Responsibility with Market Economics

Balancing Social Responsibility with Market Economics

Leviticus 25 legislates a multi-tiered system of rights and requirements that act as a corrective to a market in which even human beings can be sold. This system preserves the dignified status of Israelite brothers as free persons with their own ancestral agricultural land, ensuring that no Israelites become a permanent lower class.

Noam Zion
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Leviticus as a Literary Tabernacle

Leviticus as a Literary Tabernacle

The late British anthropologist Mary Douglas proposed that Leviticus was designed to reflect the structure of the Tabernacle, which in turn reflects the division of space during the revelation at Mount Sinai. In this reading, the two screens or curtains that divide the Tabernacle are represented by Leviticus’ only two narratives.[1]

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Gary Rendsburg
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Turning Jeremiah's Land Deed Into an Oracle of Hope

Turning Jeremiah's Land Deed Into an Oracle of Hope

Jeremiah 32 describes the prophet’s redemption of his uncle’s ancestral land. The scribal authors turned this transaction into an oracle. Eventually, the passage was expanded to include a prayer in which Jeremiah invokes the exodus from Egypt and the gift of the land. Taken together, the passage inspires hope for exilic Jews that God will redeem their land as well.

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Mark Leuchter
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The Treatment of Non-Israelite Slaves: From Moses to Moses

The Treatment of Non-Israelite Slaves: From Moses to Moses

The Bible already expresses ambivalence about Hebrew slavery, the rabbis expand upon it and Maimonides takes the next step, applying the negative evaluation of slavery even to non-Israelites.

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James A. Diamond
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The Jubilee Law: Ideal Legislation

The Jubilee Law: Ideal Legislation

An attempt to control the disparity between the rich and the poor and create a righteous society

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Yairah Amit
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The Jubilee Real Estate Law

The Jubilee Real Estate Law

Cities vs. Villages or Houses vs. Farmsteads? A New Insight based on Archaeology  

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Avraham (Avi) Faust
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Houses Oriented towards God in the East

Houses Oriented towards God in the East

Using archaeology, anthropology, and biblical Hebrew to explain why ancient Israelites overwhelmingly placed their doorways on the eastern side of their homes and avoided placing them on the west.[1]

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Avraham (Avi) Faust
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Behar

בהר

Leviticus 25:1-26:2

וּקְרָאתֶם דְּרוֹר בָּאָרֶץ לְכָל יֹשְׁבֶיהָ יוֹבֵל הִוא תִּהְיֶה לָכֶם

ויקרא כה:י

You shall proclaim release throughout the land for all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you.

Lev 25:10

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