Portion of the Week / Yakov Z. Meyer Parashat Behar / What’s Shemita Got to Do With Mount Sinai?

The acceptance of Rabbi Ishmael’s argument would pull the carpet from under Rabbi Akiva’s feet and would undermine his authority in interpreting Jewish religious law.

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Leviticus opens with “And the Lord called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying ... ” (Leviticus 1:1). From this point onward, Leviticus conveys God’s words to Moses’ ear in the...