Happy 63rd Israel's
days after liberation
by British troops at Bergen-Belzen
Shabat,10th of Iyyar, 5771
Saturday, 14 May 2011
شنبه ۲۴ اردیبهشت ۱۳۹۰
Economic Justice for
Insiders and Outsiders
Biblical laws of business ethics.
My Jewish Learning
The laws found in this week's portion concerning an agrarian society provide the basic foundation for modern day business ethics.
Chapter 25 of Vayikra, which makes up the bulk of parashat B'har, deals with essential laws of economic justice in an agrarian society. No member of the Jewish people may be relegated to lifelong slavery or landless serfdom. Ancestral plots are not to be sold out of the family forever, but rather returned in the Jubilee year. Even though slavery is permitted, a Jewish slave must go free in the seventh year. One may not cheat another in selling or buying, nor earn a profit at the expense of one in need by charging him interest. And yet, there are troubling limits to the scope of this ethical tradition.
By Nancy Reuben
My Jewish Learning
God tells Moses to instruct the people in the laws of the Sabbatical and Jubilee years, as well as how to relate to those in the community who become impoverished.
God spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai and told him to tell the Israelites the following:
When you enter the land that I give you, the land shall observe a Sabbath of the Lord. Six years you may sow your field and prune your vineyard and gather the crops. But in the seventh year the land shall have a Sabbath of complete rest, a Sabbath of the Lord. You shall not sow your field, nor prune your vineyard; it shall be a year of complete rest for the land. You may eat the Sabbath produce of the land.
Bar-Ilan University's Parashat Hashavua Study Center
Lectures on the weekly Torah reading by the faculty of Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. A project of the Faculty of Jewish Studies, Paul and Helene Shulman Basic Jewish Studies Center, and the Office of the Campus Rabbi. Published on the Internet under the sponsorship of Bar-Ilan University's International Center for Jewish Identity.Inquiries and comments to: Dr. Isaac Gottlieb, Department of Bible, firstname.lastname@example.org
* Social Values *
By : Rabbi Dr. Pinchas Heyman
purchases a field in Anathoth
Parashat B'har deals with many laws related to land possession and inheritance. In the haftarah for B'har, we read about how one of these laws affects the prophet Jeremiah and his family.
At the opening of the haftarah, Jeremiah is sitting in prison. King Zedekiah of Judah had incarcerated him for prophesying that the Babylonians would prevail over the Judeans and send Zedekiah into exile. Zedekiah became king of Judea in 597 BCE. His reign ended in 586 BCE, with the destruction and exile of his kingdom, by the Babylonians. The story told in this haftarah takes place between those years.