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Shabbat Behar-Bechukotai (Leviticus 25:1 – 27:34)

http://www.jtsa.edu/PreBuilt/ParashahArchives/jpstext/behar.shtml

The book of Leviticus wraps up this year with a double-header: Behar and Behuchotai. Behar (“on/in/from the Mountain”)  lays out laws concerning the sabbatical and jubilee years, along with the rules for handling land, possessions and servants during those times. Bechukotai (“By My Laws”) lists the blessings and/or curses that will befall the Israelites, depending on whether they choose to follow the commandments or not.

Within the blessings (which are way happier to read than the curses, to be sure!) there’s a passage which reads: “and I shall walk among you, and I shall be God to you, and you will be a people to me.” (26:12).

This formula is echoed in the vows spoken at a wedding (“I shall be a husband to you, and you will be a wife to me”) and adoption ceremony (“I shall be a parent to you, and you will be a son/daughter to me”).

SO… limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you will be assigned (once you let us know you can join us) please bring “wedding food”. How you interpret that is, like the Torah itself, up to you.

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