וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוה אֶל־מֹשֶה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹר׃
אִם־בְּחֻקֹּתַי תֵּלֵכוּ וְאֶת־מִצְוֺתַי תִּשְׁמְרוּ וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם׃
And the Lord spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying
If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them,
May 25 2024
The Torah defines the boundaries of Man's behavior relevant to place his land and his society. In this short Parasha, we hear instructions for the commandment to observe the sabbatical cycle (for six years, one may plant crops and work the land and then, in the seventh year, the land must rest) this is known as shmitah [the sabbatical year], and the yovel or jubilee which intend to reset society: the poor become rich and the enslaved are set free. In addition to not sowing or reaping the land during these years, field owners must leave food for everyone to eat.
In what way does the matter the laws of Leviticus 25—beginning with the agricultural restrictions of the seventh year, the regulations regarding the jubilee year, limitations on sale of land and slaves—are wholly dependent on Israel living in Israel.
This image conveys that Israel’s continued security and prosperity in the Land is dependent on the nation’s observance of God’s commandments.
And you shall fear your God. For I am the Lord your God. And you will perform My statutes and My judgments you shall observe, and you shall do them, and you will dwell on the Land in security… For the Land is Mine. For you are strangers and settlers with Me.