B'har Commentary

Divine Lottery

The American narrative and the biblical narrative offer conflicting approaches to wealth and material gain.

Elevation or Obstacle?

The mountain in this week's Torah portion can be a place of spiritual growth or an impediment.

Economic Justice for Insiders and Outsiders

Biblical laws of business ethics.


Leviticus 25:1-26:2

Fairness In The Marketplace

The rabbinic understanding of commerce laws in Behar focuses on ensuring that consumers have access to market information.

Parashat Behar: Summary

God tells Moses to instruct the people in the laws of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, as well as how to relate to those in the community who become impoverished.

This Land Is God’s Land

The prohibition against worshiping idols includes falsely attributing to ourselves power over land.

Sowing Seeds Of Redemption

The Jubilee year encourages us to take time to appreciate our labors and the role God plays in our lives.

Masters Of Servitude

The laws of the Sabbatical year inspire us to sanctify space, time, and our behaviors towards each other.

A New World

The reinterpretation of the term "forever" encourages us to strive for new realities within our own lifetimes.