Parshat Behar - Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 - 27:34) 5-14-17

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30 We are concluding the book of Leviticus with Torah portions Behar and Bechukotai. These Torah portions make clear that a Jew cannot become a slave to his fellow Jew and can’t be sold to gentiles. I wonder how non-Jewish slaves affected Israel? Did they revolt? Commit lots of crime?
* The Jubilee laws are utopian laws. We don’t have much evidence that they were practiced, while the Shmita (Sabbatical) laws were practiced and still are in Israel.
Artscroll commentary: “Eretz Yisrael has a special status because of the holiness that does not permit it to tolerate sinners in its midst. Therefore, when Israel repents and becomes worthy of redemption, God remembers the Land by not allowing gentiles to remain on it.”

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