The parashah contains one of the most famous quotes in the Torah or any other biblical book: "Go, proclaim liberty throughout the land unto all the inhabitants thereof." Those words are engraved on the Liberty Bell. They also describe the main theme of the parashah. How appropriate that these words and this parashah are being read this Shabbat, which is Memorial Day weekend. To download this week's Shabbat Booklet, please click here.

Shabbat Parashat Emor



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Shabbat ends Saturday night with havdalah at 9:01 p.m. DST

Shabbat Shalom

This Week: Shabbat Parashat B’har

Vayikra 25.1-26.2, pages 738-746

FIRST ALIYAH: The laws opening this parashah are an extension of those given in Sh’mot 23.10-11, and probably properly belong there, so why are they found here instead? And why do we need to be told that they were given on Mount Sinai?

SECOND ALIYAH: The 50th year is the “Year of the Jubilee”—sh’nat ha-yovel. Jubilee is the English translation of yovel. But what does yovel actually mean—and how do we know that?

The haftarah, Yirmiyahu 32.6-22, begins on page 759.

Next Week: Shabbat Chazak u-M’varchim Parashat B’chukotei

Vayikra 26.3-27.34, pages 747-757

FIRST ALIYAH: “Chukim” are rules without any obvious reason (e.g., shofar), whereas “mishpatim” (e.g., do not steal) are easily understood. What is the point of including chukim in the promise in verse 26.3 (and in the Torah itself)?

THIRD ALIYAH: In verse 26:42, why doesn’t God simply say “And I will remember My covenant with Avraham, Yitzchak and Yaakov,” and why reverse the order of the patriarchs?

The haftarah, Yirmiyahu 16.19-17.14, begins on page 763.