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Parashat Bechukotai / פרשת בחקתי

Crop of David and Goliath by Guillaime Courtois


Parashat Bechukotai is the 33rd weekly reading in the annual Torah reading cycle, and the 10th and final reading of Vayikra (Leviticus). Bechukotai (בְּחֻקֹּתַי) is the Hebrew word for in My statutes, part of the condition established by HaShem at the beginning of this parashah for the blessings which follow.

HaShem promises a variety of specific blessings for the people if they will obey Him and keep His covenant. If, however, the people rebel against HaShem, refusing to obey Him and breaking His covenant, HaShem will discipline the people through a variety of increasingly severe afflictions until the people until they shuv (repent), that the people may learn to fear HaShem, history confirming the veracity of these words. Thankfully, the parashah also records HaShem’s promises for the people who shuv, and what that teshuvah (repentance) must look like.

After this, the parashah records HaShem’s rules pertaining to the calculation of various types of pledges to HaShem, including people, tahore (clean) or tamei (unclean) animals, houses, and lands. Bechukotai ends with instructions pertaining to the firstborn, which belongs to HaShem, people and animals devoted to destruction, and the tithe of produce and animals.

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Torah Portion: Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34

1st Aliyah: Leviticus 26:3-5 (3 verses)
2nd Aliyah: Leviticus 26:6-9 (4 verses)
3rd Aliyah: Leviticus 26:10-46 (37 verses)
4th Aliyah: Leviticus 27:1-15 (15 verses)
5th Aliyah: Leviticus 27:16-21 (6 verses)
6th Aliyah: Leviticus 27:22-28 (7 verses)
7th Aliyah: Leviticus 27:29-34 (6 verses)
Maftir: Leviticus 27:32-34 (3 verses)

Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets):
Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

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