Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 B’har II

In Leviticus on May 9, 2011 at 1:29 am

“In buying from your neighbor, you shall deduct only for the number of years since the jubilee; and in selling to you, he shall charge you only for the remaining crop years”

What is the difference between the two sections of this phrase? Why say this twice? Does the Torah ask “who is responsible for loving his neighbor? How responsible am I, and how responsible is she?”

Does the Prophet answer “you are your neighbor’s keeper. Measure the silver twice: once for you, and once for her and the good of the community?”

Does the Torah ask “how should we know that following Your laws and Your teachings will enable us to live in the land in security?”

Does the Prophet answer “by dealing honestly in your business with your neighbor, you give him no cause to doubt his?”

Does the Prophet answer “by wronging one another for money, you make money your god. You shall have no other gods besides Me?”

Does the Prophet answer “the commandment is to love your neighbor, not money. The commandment is to love God, not money?”

Is it possible to love God and money at once? Is it possible to really place a love of God above a love of money, or does one by necessity rule out the other? We are forced to pursue money by our circumstances. Does this make money an idol? How do we smash an idol that is necessary to living our lives?

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