Bechukotai- weekly Torah portion

“If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments so as to carry them out…” – so begins the portion of the Torah which we read this week as we conclude the reading of the book of Leviticus. If we go this way the world will be great and every delight will happen to the Israelites. It will prosper that much that “your threshing will last for you until grape gathering, and grape gathering will last until sowing time. You will thus eat your food to the full and live securely in your land.” However there is also a warning, that “if you do not obey Me and do not carry out all these commandments, if, instead, you reject My statutes, and if your soul abhors My ordinances so as not to carry out al

Bahar- weekly Torah portion

In the Torah reading of this week we find, “you shall not wrong one another, but you shall fear your God”. In the Talmud, Baba Metzia, 58, B, we find the following (free translation): “‘you shall not wrong one another’ – it is about Scripture refers to verbal wrongs. You say, ‘verbal wrongs’; but perhaps that is not so, monetary wrongs being meant? When it is said, And if thou sell aught unto thy neighbor, or acquirest aught of thy neighbor [yeshall not wrong one another], monetary wrongs are already dealt with. Then to what can I refer, you shall not therefore wrong each other? To verbal wrongs. E.g., If a man is a penitent, one must not say to him, ‘Remember your former deeds.’ If he is th

Amor- weekly Torah portion

“The Lord spoke again to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, ‘The Lord’s appointed times which you shall proclaim as holy convocations—My appointed times are these” These times are listed in this week’s portion of the Torah. It includes the Sabbath, “For six days work may be done, but on the seventh day there is a sabbath of complete rest, a holy convocation. You shall not do any work;” The Passover commences “ In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month [a]at twilight is the Lord’s Passover. 6 Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the Lord; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread”; The Festival of Week

Kedoshim - weekly Torah portion

“You shall do no wrong in judgment, in measurement of weight, or capacity. 36 You shall have just balances, just weights, a just ephah, and a just hin; I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt.” It is straightforward to understand these laws, it requires to be honest in every way possible, in the law and in commerce. Being fair in commerce, conducing commerce decently, is necessary because of the impact it has not on us but on others. When we do bad to others we spoil the delicate balances of society. It is therefore that with anything that has to do regarding the interactions between people that we are expected to conduct ourselves appropriately. There may be disag

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