BEHAR (on Mount Sinai) BECHUKKOTAI (in My statutes)

Leviticus 25:1 And יהוה spoke to Moses at Mount Sinai saying, 2 Speak to the Children of Israel וְאמַרְת and you say to them, when you come into the land which I give you, then the land itself will keep a Sabbath to ליהוה. 3 Six years you will sow your field and six years you will prune your vineyard and gather in את־ the fruit from it; 4 But in the seventh year will be a Sabbath rest for the land, a Sabbath to ליהוה: you will neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard.

Question: What does a person gain by trusting in יהוה? Trust in יהוה, called “bitachon” in Hebrew, is just about the most valuable thing a person could have. Someone who has TRUST can literally be happy and calm every moment of his life. This is because he knows that he is never alone, and that nothing that happens to him is merely by chance. Since nothing can help him or harm him unless יהוה wants it to happen, he doesn’t have to be afraid of anyone or anything. He doesn’t have to flatter anyone, hoping for their help. Trust in יהוה can transform our lives and put us into an entirely different plane. It’s worth doing whatever we can to acquire it.

Question: Does trusting in יהוה assure that things will always turn out the way we want them to? To trust in יהוה is to know that He loves us, always has our best in mind, and sends us just what we need at every moment. But our perspective is limited, and it is quite possible that what יהוה thinks is genuinely best for us may not be the same as what we think. Trusting in יהוה means knowing that whatever happens is ultimately for our best.

Discuss: How have you trusted in יהוה this week to provide for you and was He faithful?

Question: What does it mean by “Do not hurt one another”? The phrase refers to not hurting people with words in personal relationships. It is forbidden to remind people of their earlier sins or of embarrassing aspects of their past or their ancestry, or to give advice that one knows to be bad. Lest one think that he can easily do so and no one will know that his intentions were malicious, the verse concludes with fear your יהוה…, for יהוה knows what is truly in man’s heart.

Question: Is it worst to hurt someone personally or financially? It is worse to hurt someone personally than financially, because money can be replaced, but shame lingers on. Someone who embarrasses his fellow in public is like a murderer.

Question: Isn’t a person supposed to be able to just ‘take a joke’ and not feel hurt over things that people say? No more than he is supposed to just ‘take a punch’ and not feel the pain of a fist on his nose. Hurtful words simply hurt, and labeling them as a ‘joke’ doesn’t make them any less of an assault.