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Rabbi's Message

May 24, 2024
17 Iyyar 5784
PARASHAT BEHAR
Leviticus 25:1 - 26:2
32nd day of the Omer

Dear Friends,

This week’s Torah portion is Behar, "on the mountain top" (Leviticus 25:1- 26:2). Let us start with the imagery of the portion, which begins on the mountain with the conversation between God and Moses on what the next steps are for the people. The mountaintop, which is Mount Sinai, is a place where it is possible to see more broadly and take in a wider view by expanding one’s field of vision.

We are in the narrowest of places, assailed by the rapid pace of information and unable to assimilate all of the information coming our way. We barely get over one shock when another comes our way. It feels like the worst of humanity is on display, governed by self-interest, fear, and hatred. It's not a good way to enter into Shabbat and not a good way to feel the Divine presence in the world.

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Oseh shalom bimromav, hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu ve'al kol Israel, ve'imru, Amen.
May the One who makes peace in the heavens, make peace for us all and all the people of Israel.
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