Parashat Behukotai / An Insurance Policy Nullified

Now that the patriarchs’ merit no longer protects them, Israel needs a new theology that will enable hope to endure; this theology takes the form of God’s compassion.

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In this week’s Torah portion, Behukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34), God promises to reward those who obey him and severely punish those who do not. Although God’s decision depends on a person’s conduct, there is...