Parashat Behar / פרשת בהר

Crop of Jerusalem From the Mount of Olives by James Joseph Jacques Tissot

Summary

Parashat Behar is the 32nd weekly reading in the annual Torah reading cycle, and the ninth reading of Vayikra (Leviticus). Behar (בְּהַר) is the Hebrew word for on the mount, taken from the fifth word of this parashah, referring to the place from which HaShem spoke the words of this parashah to Moshe (Moses).

The parashah records HaShem’s instructions to the people of Yisrael through Moshe pertaining to the Shabbatot (Sabbaths) for the land of Yisrael every seven years, the Yovel (Jubilee) every 50 years, and the sale and redemption of properties, houses, and people. The parashah records HaShem’s statutes pertaining to the sale of properties and houses, within walled cities and without, how to calculate the sale prices, whether or not they may be redeemed, and how that redemption is to occur, including special instructions for Levi’im (Levites).

Further instructions are given pertaining to supporting the people of Yisrael who become poor among us. The parashah records what is to happen in the case of a citizen of Yisrael selling themselves as a servant to a rich stranger or sojourner living in the land, how they are to be treated, and how they are to be redeemed. It must be remembered, the people of Yisrael are the servants of HaShem, whom He redeemed from the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt).

The parashah concludes with a re-emphasis of the prohibition against idolatry, together with the command to keep HaShem’s Shabbatot and to reverence His Sanctuary.

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Torah Portion: Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2

1st Aliyah: Leviticus 25:1-13 (13 verses)
2nd Aliyah: Leviticus 25:14-18 (5 verses)
3rd Aliyah: Leviticus 25:19-24 (6 verses)
4th Aliyah: Leviticus 25:25-28 (4 verses)
5th Aliyah: Leviticus 25:29-38 (10 verses)
6th Aliyah: Leviticus 25:39-46 (8 verses)
7th Aliyah: Leviticus 25:47-26:2 (11 verses)
Maftir: Leviticus 25:55-26:2 (3 verses)

Reading from the Nevi’im (Prophets):
Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27


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