Bechukotai, the concluding parasha of the book of Leviticus, is all about the blessings that Israel will receive when she performs G-d’s will and the “curses” or admonitions that she will incur when she doesn’t perform G-d’s will. Leviticus, more than any other of the five books of Torah, reflects how G-d wishes to be related to by man. It is only fitting then, that the book should conclude with a question posed by G-d: How does man wish to be related to by G-d? Do we want to bring G-d into our world and thereby receive His blessings? Or do we wish to relate to G-d only “casually” and thereby bring upon ourselves endless admonitions?
Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34)
Parashat Bechukotai is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 17, 5771/May 21, 2011