Student Teaching in the New Millenium

5771 B’har VII

In Leviticus on May 14, 2011 at 10:10 pm

A friend at Torah study made the point that being willing to part with your land is like being willing to let go of attachments. Rashi says you should be willing to sell some of your possession if necessary, but to always retain a portion for yourself. Do we fulfill the commandment by being willing to buy and sell the physical, but retaining ourselves, as it is written, you will not be cruel to one another? Is it just as wrong to be willing to sell your soul, as it is wrong for others to bid on it?

Does the Torah then ask “why should we worry so much about the land anyway? What’s the point?”

Its appropriate for the Torah to remind us of our commitment to Shabbat in the final passage of the parsha. We return the land to its ancestral mortal caretakers during the jubilee year. We return the land to The ancestral caretaker on Shabbat.

Does the Torah then ask “is the land to us as we are to God?”

Good Shabbos

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