Behar

Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2; Haftarah: Jeremiah 32:6 – 32:27

Synopsis –

We study the feast and assembly-times of the children of Israel and the closing of an inclusio (parenthesis) that has been with us from Exodus 27. At the end of this inclusio we meet the son of an Israelite woman and an Egyptian man who “goes out” and not only engages in violence but also blasphemes against God. We study how this story is the mirror-image (from a negative perspective) of the story of Nadab and Abihu. All these events are still part of last week’s parasha – the actual study of the parasha Behar will be joined to the study of next week’d parasha in the context of the Ascension.

External Sources

(Lev 25:2) Book of Jubilees 50.2–5

And I also related to you the sabbaths of the land on Mount Sinai. And the years of jubilee in the sabbaths of years I related to you. But its year I have not related to you until you enter into the land which you will possess. 3* And the land will keep its sabbaths when they dwell upon it. And they will know the year of jubilee. 
4 On account of this I ordained for you the weeks of years, and the years, and the jubilees (as) forty-nine jubilees from the days of Adam until this day and one week and two years. And they are still forty further years to learn the commands of the Lord until they cross over the shore of the land of Canaan, crossing over the Jordan to its western side. 5 And jubilees will pass until Israel is purified from all the sin of fornication, and defilement, and uncleanness, and sin and error. And they will dwell in confidence in all the land. And then it will not have any Satan or any evil (one). And the land will be purified from that time and forever.

(Lev 25:10) Bede – Homilies on the Gospels 2.17.9
In the law the fiftieth year was ordered to be called [the year] of jubilee, that is, “forgiving” or “changed.” During it the people were to remain at rest from all work, the debts of all were to be canceled, slaves were to go free [and] the year itself was to be more notable than other years because of its greater solemnities and divine praises. Therefore by this number is rightly indicated that tranquility of greatest peace when, as the apostle says, at the sound of the last trumpet “the dead will rise and we shall be changed” into glory. Then, when the labours and hardships of this age come to an end and our debts, [that is] all our faults, have been forgiven, the entire people of the elect will rejoice eternally in the sole contemplation of the divine vision. And that most longed-for command of our Lord and Savior will be fulfilled: “Be still, and see that I am God.”

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