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.

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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,...