Parashat Behukotai / Marketplace of Torah ideas
In Rabbi Jonathan’s view, however, the Torah has no intention of luring such individuals and leading them to righteousness.
In this week’s Torah reading, Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34), the long list of laws that fills the Book of Leviticus ends. Now the book’s schematic, commanding tone shifts to a vivid picture of, on the one hand, the rewards God will grant Israel for observing his commandments, and, on the other, the punishment he will mete out for failure to do so. He informs Israel, “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep...
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