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The Enigma of Jewish History

As discussed at the beginning of Bechukotai, the word “chok” denotes a decree that defies normative logic. Significantly, in the very portion that presents the Jewish people with the choices they have to make regarding their future history, the word “chok” is employed. Jewish history truly transcends all precedent and highlights the ability of a […]

The Paradigm of Seven Times Seven

The forty-nine “curses” mentioned in Bechukotai are clearly connected to the mitzvah to count forty-nine days between Pesach and Shavuot, when we celebrate the giving of the Torah at Sinai. A beautiful allusion to this is the fact that Bechukotai is read before the holiday of Shavuot every year. Demonstrating another link between the two, […]