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Daily Aliya for Behar, Sheni (2nd Aliya)

Aliya Summary: We are commanded to conduct business ethically. Since, as aforementioned, all land reverts to their original owners during the Jubilee year, the amount of years remaining until the next Jubilee year must be taken into account whenever a real-estate sale is conducted, and the price set accordingly. The end of this Aliya enjoins us not to verbally harass or intentionally mislead our fellows.

Rambam describes certain situations in business in which one can technically get away with something, but he is considered not to have acted in “a proper Jewish manner”. Perhaps the positive commandment also comes to teach us not to take advantage of the technical loopholes, but rather to conduct ourselves with the highest standards of business ethics.