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Parashat Behar - Bechukotei 5781:
The Secret of the Sabbatical Year
The penultimate portion of the book of Leviticus, parashat Behar, opens at Mount Sinai with the commandment of the Sabbatical year. The Torah alludes to a singular connection between the commandment of keeping the Sabbatical year – letting the fields of the Land of Israel lay fallow – and the very essence of ‘Mount Sinai’ itself. Indeed, the observance of the Sabbatical year and all that Mount Sinai represents, are both sublime expressions of the same secret – the very deepest level of emunah, faith in G-d.
The two portions of Behar and Bechukotei (Leviticus 25 : 1 - 27 : 34) are read together on Shabbat: Iyar 26, 5781/May 8, 2021