Equality, justice, freedom for all: these noble themes are all rooted in the recognition that G-d created the world and to G-d the world belongs. The shemittah sabbatical cycles and the Jubilee ‘Sabbath of sabbatical years’ which are prerequisites for dwelling in the land of Israel, are declarations that the land itself belongs, not to us, but to G-d. As tenants and caretakers we are equal to one another. Our recognition of G-d’s exclusive ownership of the land of Israel is expressed in the Jubilee declaration of equality, justice, and freedom for all.
Behar (Leviticus 25:1-26:2)
Parashat Behar is read on Shabbat:
Iyar 20, 5775/May 7, 2015