Leviticus 26:3-27:34

Commentary on Parashat Behar-Bechukotai, Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34

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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.


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The Israelites are promised rain
in exchange for keeping God’s laws.

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