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Redeeming the Land - Reflections From Israel

Redeeming the Land© Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Arguably, the oldest way that people gave to the building of the Modern state of Israel was through the blue pushkas (tzedakah/charity boxes) for the Jewish National Fund, or Karen Kayemet L’Israel.What were we donating money for?We thought – trees?We were giving money to Israel, but what was Israel doing with the money?
This week’s parashah, Behar-Behukotai, are the last parshiot of the book of Leviticus.During this book, which was given at Sinai in a span of eight days after the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai, which is ownerless land in the wilderness, we read about the laws concerning the priests.But it isn’t just the laws of the priests – this book contains the laws for the nation of priests, bnai Israel.It’s a book of methods to attain holiness.The focus is on people, but as we come to the end of the book, we now move to a different focus:a focus on the land of Israel.
But if we look even closer, we see that…