The Thirty-third Sedra 21-27 Iyar 5782 FROM THE TORAH Leviticus 26:3-27:34 Sedra Bechukotai closes the Book of Leviticus by contrasting the collective outcome of obedience to divine commandments with failure to observe them.  The rewards and consequences are variously agricultural, zoological, climactic, and military.  The sanctions for disobedience, known as tochachot (rebukes), are especially dramatic.  … Continue reading BECHUKOTAI

32. BEHAR 5782

FROM THE TORAH Leviticus 25:1-26:2 In Sedra Behar the structure of time as introduced already in the weekly Sabbath of human labor is extended to a septennial Sabbath of labor of the Land.  This septennial structure is then expanded further, with profound effect, to a Sabbath of Sabbaths: seven Sabbatical cycles, 49 years, followed by … Continue reading 32. BEHAR 5782

31. EMOR 5782

FROM THE TORAH Leviticus 21:1-24:23 In previous sedras of the Book of Leviticus, Israel has been instructed about the distinction between the permitted and forbidden, the pure and the impure, in divine worship, physical afflictions, and intimate and civil behavior.  In this week’s Sedra Emor, these foci are narrowed to the Kohanim (Priests), except where … Continue reading 31. EMOR 5782