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Parsha of the Week

      This week’s Parsha is Behar and Bechukotai, which is about Sh’mitta, also called the Sabbatical Year. Every seven years, the Jewish people observe Sh’mitta by not planting, weeding, or harvesting, etc.  By doing this the crops become free for the poor too take and eat. This law also forbids one from working in their own garden, even though it does not produce crops. But one should keep watering the plants or crops so they don’t die. This demonstrates to the Jewish people that Hashem is the true master of the land. If the law of Sh’mitta is not kept properly, it will bring exile to the Jewish people from the land of Israel and fewer crops would be produced.
      The fiftieth year is known as Yovil. On Yovil, the law of Sh’mitta is followed, in addition to that all Hebrew slaves were set free and all land was returned to its original owners. The price of land is figured out by how many years are left until Sh’mitta. If one sold a house in a walled city, village, or the community of Levites one could redeem it for a period of one year but after such time he could never redeem it as it would be returned to the original owner when Sh’mitta arrived.   

 Shabbat Shalom! Have a Good Shabbos!