Hashem never gives us more than we can handle

"Im Bechukosai Taylaychu" (Vayikra 26:3). This, the last Parsha in Vayikra begins by discussing the good things that will happen when Klal Yisrael will walk in the Derech of Hashem - the way of Hashem. What are some of those things - we will never thirst for water or hunger…

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BEHAR/BECHUKOSAI – integrating concepts




The mitzvah of shemita requires every Jew (in the Land of Israel) to refrain from working the land during every 7th year. This was not just an enforced sabbatical to recharge the batteries or an agricultural method to maximise long-term output. Few mitzvahs make as significant a…

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Bayis Shlishi will last FOREVER!!

The possuk says "ViNasati Mishkani Bisochachem Vlo Sigal Nafshi Eschem" "I will place my Beis HaMikdash among you, and my soul will not spit you out." Ramban asks, is this the reward that Klal Yisroel will receive for keeping the Mitzvos?

They will benefit not being spat out and…

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Torah toiling

Rashi famously writes that the words in the pasuk im bechukosai telechu (26:3) refer to toiling in the study of Torah (ameilus baTorah). A central feature of learning Torah is exerting oneself in studying it. Interestingly, the Ba’al HaTurim here cites the Midrash which comments that the gematria of im bechukosai telechu is the same gematria as the words ameilim divrei torah (the intense study of Torah).

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No Trade-Ins

The prohibition of temurah is mentioned at the very end of sedra (27:33), whereby one who donates a korban to the Mikdash is not allowed to swap it with a different animal they have in their possession. The Rambam (hilchos Temurah 4:13) writes that the natural urge of a person…

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Immediately after the curses (should we fail to observe the mitzvos) in our sedra we have the portion which deals with the values of people should they donate the monetary value which they are worth to the Mikdash (erechin). What is the connection between these two topics? One explanation is…

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