Torah Pearls #33 – Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34). In this week’s Torah Pearls we discuss the ifs and buts of blessings and curses, as well as the meaning and gravity of vows and dedications. Lastly, how does one redeem their tithe?

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19 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #33 – Bechukotai (Leviticus 26:3-27:34)

  1. So let me get this straight. Deciding to organize at a different place than where YHVH put His name (Temple/Jerusalem), is considered to be setting up a high place? Deciding to act out or copy the instructions of the aaronic priests in any of their commanded instructions, will get those people who do so, burned on an altar? Choosing a day that is different than the one YHVH declared by the blowing of the shofar instructions to the Levitical priesthood to gather for appointed days, will get your whole family line wiped out? Hmmmmm……. Seems to me we’ve got some people involved in some huge problems. But will they listen?

  2. Just wanted to know when did the Rabbinical position of bar/bat mitzvah actually become the official position?

  3. In the New Testament ( Matthew 8:2I-22), I find an interesting similarity revealed in Yeshua’s and Kefa’s dialogue concerning, ” how often shall I forgive my brother “, and Leviticus 26 :14 thru 27 – ” if you don’t listen t me “. The “seven” metric used in meting out judgement in Leviticus 26 is mirrored by Yeshua in Matthew as to the metric for true forgiveness / redemption. In Leviticus we read of a progressive penalty for persistent disobedience and Yeshua seems to be saying in Matthew , ” Look Kefa, do you really want me to send in an auditor to render a number on your / Israel’s offenses ? I’ll tell you what, if you’ll quit counting ( progressively forgive ) your brothers’ offenses, I’ll quit counting yours “. In the end of days we read of Israel being fully restored to the Land and this is achieved by a task that is often ” too hard ” for humankind, ” persistent forgiveness”. Thankfully, Yahovah QUIT COUNTING and thereby reveals his heart for his People to be ONE of unrelenting love and forgiveness. Perhaps we can toss our IOU calculators, yes ?

  4. Thanks for all the revelations you allow Hashem bring through you. But remember, Christ is being worshiped as a God by many. Therefore, its my understanding that as followers of Hashem, we cant mention, with our lips, the name; JESUS, anymore; Cos mentioning names of other Gods is forbidden by God Exo 23:13. However, to refer to him as Christ, is permitted. Please spread this info, so that those who may have stumbled because of your error/followed your bad example in mentioning the name Jesus, would be corrected and come to repentance.

  5. I immediately thought of Isaiah 43 when Nehemia referred to Josh 7:8-9 stating that: “If Israel ceases to exist, then Yehovah would be a false God”. It’s true! Israel is proof that Yehovah is faithful to His promises forever!!! Isaiah 43:7 also speaks of “the Gentiles who are called by My name”.
    Isaiah 43:10…. “You are My witneses”, says Yehovah, And My servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe Me….

  6. As I listen to the discussion about Israel being special to God my thoughts are shifted to Yehovah who shows what love is. He made a covenant to Abraham and will keep it although his descendands have been unfaithful. These people have rejected Him so many times yet He is faithful. The focus should not be so much so the people but this God who loves and keep His promises/covenant throughout the ages.

  7. Shabbat Shalom. Thank you for the teaching and my eyes truly became open to day especially the different type of translation. The Tree of Life, we must cling to.
    I must continue to study and seek after truth.

  8. I enjoyed this discussion very much; especially the translation confusion. Keeping with that topic, I noticed that in Lev. 26 the end of verse 41 we have another issue with the translations.
    I don’t read Hebrew very well, but I could see that this portion begins with “im” (If), and so I looked for “im” in verses 40 and 41 and couldn’t find any. (thus, Nehemiah’s point about “not IF, THEN” and him going all prophetic) SO, at the end of verse 41, my christian NKJV says “if their uncircumcised hearts are humbled, and they accept their guilt–” BUT my Jewish Bible says “then at last shall their obdurate heart humble itself, and they shall atone for their iniquity.”
    Is that the real meaning in the Hebrew? If so, I can see why the christians changed that! WHAT? We can atone for our own sins??? 🙂

  9. Hoooo! Hooo!

    Malachi 3:6 6 “I am the Lord. I do not change. That is why I have not destroyed you members of Jacob’s family. 7 You have turned away from my rules. You have not obeyed them. You have lived that way ever since the days of your people long ago. Return to me. Then I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all.

    Leviticus 26:44 “‘But even after all of that, I will not say no to you or turn away from you. I will not destroy you completely in the land of your enemies. I will not break my covenant with you. I am the Lord your God. 45 Because of you, I will remember the covenant I made with the people of Israel who lived before you. I brought them out of Egypt to be their God. The nations saw me do it. I am the Lord.’”

    Matthew 12:12 Now when Yeshua heard that John(immerser) had been arrested and put in prison, He withdrew into Galilee.
    13 And leaving Nazareth, He went and dwelt in Capernaum by the sea, in the country of Zebulun and Naphtali—

    14 That what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be brought to pass:

    15 The land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, in the [h]way to the sea, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles [of the [i]peoples who are not of Israel]—
    16 The people who sat [j](dwelt enveloped) in darkness have seen a great Light, and for those who sat in the land and shadow of death Light has dawned.

    17 From that time Yeshua began to preach, [k]crying out, Repent ([l]change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

    Matthew 15:
    21 Leaving that place, Yeshua withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon.

    22 A Canaanite woman from that vicinity came to him, crying out, “Lord, Son of David, have mercy on me! My daughter is demon-possessed and suffering terribly.”

    23 Yeshua did not answer a word. So his disciples came to him and urged him,

    24 Yeshua answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”

    25 The woman came and knelt before him. “Lord, help me!” she said.

    26 He replied, “It is not right to take the children’s bread and toss it to the dogs.”

    27 “Yes it is, Lord,” she said. “Even the dogs eat the crumbs that fall from their master’s table.”

    28 Then Jesus said to her, “Woman, you have great faith! Your request is granted.” And her daughter was healed at that moment.

  10. In hearing the discussion on Jephtha, who vowed to offer the first thing to come out of his house as a burnt offering, I got to thinking about Abraham who was commanded by YHVH to offer Isaac as a burnt offering. Both events are still confusing, but I’m wondering if there are similarities in terms of the idea of dedicating one’s child, and the requirement to redeem them.

    • I read an interesting article about how in ancient times, the animals lived in the house with the family. Upon entering a home, you were in the “stable”. A person had to ascend a small flight of steps to enter the living quarters of the family. So, for Jephtha to make this vow was not beyond reason. Except for the fact that he must have come later than he had planned and the animals were already outside grazing.
      I like the thought that he redeemed her because obviously he could not sacrifice her.

  11. I am having a hard time accepting that those “teaching” us to do what the TORAH says to do, the same are not. I speak to those saying that the TORAH is the word and command of Elohim. Yet they do as the Sadducees and Pharisees did and speak what should be done but do not do the same. Is Leviticus 21:5 and 19:27 not a command? In 19:27 God is telling the people His command and in 21:5 he is telling priests the same thing. I was thinking at first it was just the priests were to follow this command but I see in the preceding Scripture it is also the people who are under the same command. So now you know and know also a base one has come to you to confound you who would call themselves wise. Do you believe the TORAH or not? You make it a stumbling block to those who see you saying one thing and doing another.

  12. Be careful what you say about baby dedications. Some PROTESTANT churches claim that it cleanses from original sin. Others only have the parents promise to teach the child about God.

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