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Summary

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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Parashat Behar

Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2

Jeremiah 32:6 - 32:27

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