This week’s double parashiyot B’Har and B’Hukkotai address the laws of land custody and reclamation along with regulations governing landowners in the sale and mortgaging of their properties. A vision is presented of economic and social justice in a system of fair trade. Debt may be repaid through servitude and a servant is guaranteed the option of freedom after seven years. At first glance, these parashioyot seem unrelated, but on closer examination they both contain laws that stress peace, prosperity and unity among the Jewish people in the land of Israel.
The complex symbolism on these pages is explained in greater detail in the AfterImages section of Between Heaven & Earth: An Illuminated Torah Commentary (Pomegranate, 2009) on pages 161-162. Your questions and comments are welcome!
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