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May 25, 2016 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Behar

This week’s portion emphasizes that “the land shall not be sold permanently” (Lev. 25:23), and adds that if someone becomes destitute his relatives shall redeem his land, and failing that, that land should revert to its original owners during the Jubilee year (Lev. 25:25-28).

Why?  Arama writes that “To the extent that material possessions free man from being totally preoccupied with his spiritual survival in this world, they afford him the opportunity to try and acquire spiritual values.. [thus] Torah and all it stands for cannot flourish unless there is a sound economic foundation.”  Thus, “Cleaving to one’s piece of land as a basis for one’s financial service, therefore, became very important.”

In other words, the redistributive legislation of the Torah is not based purely on humanitarianism; rather, it is based on the premise that without food, etc., a Jew cannot focus on Torah.

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