Behar 2022

May 21, 2022    David Mathews

Though only 1 short chapter, this Parsha has staggering implications for those who adhere to its’ commands and equally, negative ramifications for those who refuse. Let’s begin by examining the central idea of this intriguing study – the Shemitah: H#8059, שמטה, a release, or remitting; from shaw-mat meaning to let drop, to loose, rest or fall; also, to smite or strike, to cast down. For those familiar with the subject, the focus here is on the 7th-year of release as well as, the 49th – 50th year called the Yovel. We’ll attempt to look at each for a non-traditional view, which hopefully, will open our eyes to the importance of keeping these convocations today.