Behar: Money in Trust

In his thematic enumeration of the 613 mitzvoth, the Rambam has as the very first mitzvah that of belief in G-d. It is, in the view of the Rambam, the central component of Judaism.

The Rambam maintains that one who denies any of what he believed were the thirteen fundamentals of faith has no share in the world to come, irrespective of the personal piety and level of observance such a person might display.

BeHar- Bechukotai:The End

"G-d spoke to Moshe at Mount Sinai saying: When you come the land that I am giving you the land shall rest a Shabbat to G-d" (Vayilkra 25:1-2). Mah inyan shmitta etzel har Sinai? In one of the most well known Rashi's, the great commentary asks why specifically is it by the mitzva of Shmitta that the Torah tells us it was given at Sinai. Do not all mitzvoth derive their authority from Sinai?

Behar: Leaving Egypt

“I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt”. While we associate these words with the first of the aseret hadibrot, the words above are actually taken from this week’s parsha. “If your brother becomes not take from him interest…I am the Lord your G-d, who took you out of the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, to be your G-d ” (Vayikra 25:38).

BeHar: Speaking of Sinai

Our Sages equated farming with faith. Only a man of faith could put in months of backbreaking labour, knowing full well that all his efforts could go for naught with a few days of bad weather. It is the farmer who, more than others, realizes that his success is truly in the hands of G-d. This realization is meant to spur the farmer to “hearken to the commandments which I am prescribing today” in order to have “rains in your land at the proper time”.

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