The Torah Portion for this Shabbat is Behar

The Torah portion for this week’s Shabbat is Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2). It contains commandments about the Sabbatical Year and the Jubilee Year, about the redemption of land and houses, about assisting fellow Israelites, about slavery, and about forbidding idolatry.


The Haftarah is Jeremiah 32:6-27. It relates a parable about how Jeremiah purchased land in Judea even though the Babylonians now controlled the country, as a prophecy about how in the future Jews will once again have control of the land and “Houses and fields and vineyards shall yet again be bought [by Jews] in this land” (32:15).


The image below shows the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, on which is inscribed a verse from this week’s Torah portion: “Proclaim liberty throughout the land and unto all the inhabitants thereof” (Leviticus 25:10).