Leviticus 25:1-26:2


In this Torah portion, God describes the laws surrounding resting the land and crops every seven years, as well as the Jubilee year every 50 years. God permits the use of slaves but provides stipulations including the obligation to eventually free your slaves.

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God describes the laws of slavery.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

This Land is God’s Land
Rabbi Marsha Pik-Nathan, Hillel

Shemitah & Climate Change
Adina Gerver, AJWS

Reaching Out to Those in Need
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

We Are All God’s Creatures
Rabbi James Jacobson-Maisels, AJWS

Sowing Seeds of Redemption
Judith Ovadia, Union for Reform Judaism

Divine Lottery
Rabbi Ari Weiss, AJWS


The Mitzvah of Shemitah
Noam Sendor, Canfei Nesharim


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Our Love for the Land of Israel
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Responding Swiftly to Need
Rabbi Shimon Felix, Bronfman Youth Fellowship

Economic Justice for Insiders & Outsiders
Rabbi Joshua Heller, JTS

Elevation or Obstacle?
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative

A New World
Rabbi Asher Brander, Orthodox Union

Fairness in the Marketplace
Rabbi Steve Greenberg, CLAL


Who Does the Land Belong To?
Lori Lefkovitz, Women of Reform Judaism

Family and Fun


Parashat B’har for Families
Torah Topics for Today


Sharing is Letting Go of Control
Torah Topics for Today


Not Misrepresenting
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat B’har Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat B’har Challah
Julie Seltzer



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