Week of 21 Iyar (May 6)—Shabbat 27 Iyar (May 12) 5778

Omer: Day 42

vaYikra (Leviticus) 25:1—27:34

Yirmiyah (Jeremiah) 16:19―17:14

The life force that G-d bestows upon all creation transcends time and space and invests all creation with holiness. By the laws of shemittah (7 year sabbatical cycle) and Yovel (49 year Jubilee cycle), Torah commands Israel to take possession of both time and space in order to reveal and make visible the holiness in G-d’s creation.

The book of Leviticus concludes with a stark but promising choice: Either regard life as void of meaning, empty of purpose, vacant, meaningless and futile and discover that life regards you likewise, and suffer the torturous consequences, or “follow My [G-d’s] statutes and observe My commandments and perform them,” and see the purpose and holiness in life, and G-d will bless you with all good things.

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