Punishment and Passion Parashat Behar-Behukotai

Everything that belongs to a person − his body, the members of his family, his livestock and land − can be converted to cash and offered to the Temple. And via this process, a man’s personal space is defined, as is that of the Temple.

While the first half of Leviticus, the biblical book that we will finish reading this Shabbat, contains laws pertaining to the Temple and the sacrifices, the second half contains laws pertaining to life in the Promised Land ? that is, celebration of festivals, proper sexual and other behavior, etc.

An appropriate finale to this long list appears in the second part of the double Torah portion read...