The next time we read this Torah portion is May 16, 2020
God teaches us the Sabbatical law, where we must let our land rest every seven years, and we learn about Jubilee law, relating to the freedom of slaves every 50 years.
Behar Torah Portion: Leviticus 25:1–26:2
Possibly the most famous part of Parshat Behar is the discussion of the laws of Shemittah — the command that once every seven years, we are instructed to let the land rest.
We don't work the land, don't sow or plow — we just enjoy the fruits that grow naturally and hope that we've saved up enough to get us through the year! It seems like a beautiful idea.
But the question is: Why should land need to rest? In his video, "Why Does Land Have To Rest?", Rabbi Fohrman tackles this question and points out that part of the answer has to do with the theme of "Sabbath" which rears its head in the law of Shemittah – notice the idea of seven, the idea of rest. He offers a beautiful explanation of Shemittah which goes far beyond letting the land
In that video, they point out that while (1) freeing slaves, (2) returning
After Parshat Behar lays out the basic laws of Shemittah and Yovel, most of the rest of the
–If we can't work the land, then what are we going to eat??