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Category: Bechukotai

Why Do the Good Suffer?

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 21, 2016

Parshat Bechukotai clearly states that good people are rewarded while evil people are punished. In the words of the Torah: “If you keep my commandments…then I will give your rains in their season…but if you will not listen to Me…I will bring terror over you” (Leviticus Chapter 26). Throughout the ages, this principle has raised difficulty. Continue Reading »

A Relationship Strained, Not Broken

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 13, 2015

We finish our reading of Vayikra with the “blessings and the curses”: the rewards for keeping the laws and commandments and the punishments for breaking them. This section, coming as it does at the end of Vayikra, is clearly intended as a coda to what preceded it. Namely, it is the penalty clause of the brit Continue Reading »

Has our Relationship Lost its Sizzle?

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 16, 2014

  There is a bizarre verse in this week’s parasha. In listing the blessings that will be bestowed on the people if they follow God’s commandments and observe God’s laws—the rains will come in their appointed season, the land will bring forth its fruit, there will be peace in the land, and the people will be Continue Reading »

A Society that Embodies the Principles of Shabbat

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 2, 2013

This week, with the reading of Behar-Bichukotai, we end the book of Vayikra. The book of Vayikra is often thought of as devoted entirely to sacrifices or, a little more broadly, to the world of the kohanim – sacrifices and tumah vi’tahara, purity and impurity – and has thus also been called Torat Kohanim, the Torah of the Continue Reading »

A Dynamic Faith of Gratitude

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 18, 2012

Yom Yerushalayim and Shavuot are celebrated a week apart. These celebrations mark two tremendous gifts that have been bestowed upon us: the gift of a unified Jerusalem as part of the State of Israel and under Jewish control, that we received only 45 years ago, and the gift of the Torah, that we received over 3000 Continue Reading »

A Relationship Strained, but Not Broken

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 20, 2011

The book of Vayikra culminates with the “blessings and the curses,” the rewards that are to be the consequence of keeping the laws and commandments, and the punishments that will result from for breaking them. This section, coming as it does at the end of the book of Vayikra, is clearly intended as a coda Continue Reading »

Serving God Ideally

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on May 8, 1998

In parshat Bechukotai, God tells the Israelites that if they obey His commandments they will be blessed with all kinds of material blessings: rain in the right time, bountiful crops, children, health, and peace. If, however, they disobey Him and reject His commandments all types of tragedy will befall them: disease, famine, death in battle, Continue Reading »