Leviticus 26:3 - 27:34

Jeremiah 16:19 - 17:14

In this Torah portion, God tells the people of Israel that if they follow God’s commandments, they will be provided with rain to feed their crops. God then describes the long list of punishments that will be inflicted on the Israelites if they do not follow God’s laws.


The Impossible World

How to restore the world to a single divine reality, in this week's Torah portion.

More on this Torah Portion


Jealousy can paralyze us and force us to define ourselves by another person's successes.

Sharing the Wealth

B'hukotai: A resource for families.

Corrupt Leadership

The global community has an opportunity to oppose Robert Mugabe's tyranny in Zimbabwe.

The Blessing of Rain

We must pray for beneficial rain, and then follow through with environmental action.

Rebuke and Reward in this World

The fate of the individual is often determined by the behavior of the community as a whole.

Parashat Bechukotai: Summary

God enumerates the rewards for keeping the commandments and the punishments for violating them; the laws of tithes are then listed.

Unifying Towards Redemption

We can achieve redemption only when striving for unity, holiness, and justice.

Science Vs. Sabbath?

The environmental destruction intended as a punishment for failing to observe the sabbatical year raises contemporary questions of how to prevent environmental devastation.

Stubbornness And Chance

The two interpretations of the word keri illustrate different understandings of the reasons for the punishments listed in parashat B'hukotai.

Faith In Difficult Times

Jeremiah's deep faith despite the impending exile predicted in Parashat B'hukotai can teach us to turn to God in the most troubling of times.

Preserving The Covenant

Incentives to keep the covenant are directed at Israel because of Israel's power, through its behavior, to break the covenant.

No Food, No Torah; No Torah, No Food

The curses in B'hukotai were actualized during the Holocaust.