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Daily Aliya for Behar-Bechukotai, Sheni (2nd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: This Aliya addresses an obvious concern: “What will we eat in the seventh year if we do not sow our gather our grain?!” G‑d reassures us that He will bless the sixth year’s harvest, and it will produce enough to provide for three years! The Torah then gives the rationale for the prohibition against selling land for perpetuity (instead, land can only be “leased” until the Jubilee year) — “Because the Land belongs to Me; you are strangers and residents with Me.” The seller of land, or his relative on his behalf, has the option of “redeeming” the land from the purchaser — provided that two years have past from the date of purchase.

One commentator says that the passuk states that if someone were to ask what are we going to eat…, then G-d will command His blessing to give us an abundant yield. However, one should not ask. If we are completely faithful and believe without reservation or question that G- d will provide for us, then He won’t have to command the blessing to come; it will happen as a natural reaction to that faith. This speaks to different levels of Emunah (faith).

Shlomo Ressler