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Another great Parsha with many ideas for your Parsha Party. REMINDER - THIS IS A SPRINGBOARD OF IDEAS. YOU CAN CHOOSE ONE IDEA OR A FEW. AND HAVE THE KIDS GUESS THE CONNECTIONS.
Parsha Overview (Feel free to skip straight to the Party below - simply click the arrow next to this text and the overview will disappear
Behar - Bechukosai
Hashem Speaks to Moshe from “The Mountain” referring to Har Sinai.
He tells him that when they come to the Land of Eretz Yisrael they need to keep a year of “Shabbos for Hashem” – the year of Shemitta which is every 7th year.
For 6 years work the land and on the 7th – No work. Don’t reap the harvest. Don’t pick the grapes. However you can eat from the produce, just not as an owner. It’s free for all to eat including the animals.
After 7 rounds of Shemitta, you blow the shofar on Yom Kippur to announce the 50th year as the year of Yovel – another year of leaving the land at rest.
During Yovel all property gets returned to its original owner and slaves are returned to their families.
Lo Sonu Ish Es Amiso – you should not wrong a fellow Jew – fear Hashem who knows your thoughts and intentions especially while giving advice. This includes not insulting someone.
If you keep the mitzvos then Hashem will bring fruitfulness and you will live securely.
If one is worries about what he will have to eat during Shemitta, Hashem promises that He will bring an abundance of produce in the 6th year before Shemitta that will be enough for the 6th year, the 7th year, and the 8th year.
One is not allowed to sell land permanently in Eretz Yisrael.
If one became poor and had to sell his land in order to help himself then he is allowed to have the land redeemed and bought back either by a relative or himself. If he can’t afford it and finds nobody to redeem it back for him, then it goes back to him automatically along with the Yovel year.
There are different laws regarding the selling of property in walled cities and in open cities and cities of Leviim.
If someone becomes poor, whether it’s a relative, a Ger, or someone dwelling in the land, you must support him and make sure he doesn’t get crushed under his burden.
Do not charge Ribbis – interest when he pays you back. (The pasuk uses the words Neshech and Ribbis because it is very serious and if a person does these he gets a double transgression – Rashi).
Don’t take your brother as a slave if he becomes poor. Instead, hire him to work as regular respected worker for you. Take care of him and his family and set them free by Yovel. Be careful not to give him demeaning and back breaking work.
If you need a slave you can take one from the nations around you.
If your relative is sold to a Ger Toshav (non-Jew that lives in the land) or to an idol, you must redeem him right away.
Do not make an idol, statue, or monument to bow down to as Avodah Zara. Keep Shabbos and Fear Hashem.
Hashem says: If you will keep my laws and Mitzvos…
- I will send you rain in the right time and it will produce crops and fruit.
-The food will last long.
-I will bring you peace and tranquility and you will not be afraid. I will remove wild beasts and no army will pass through your land.
-You will chase away your enemies and five of you will be able to chase 100, and 100 of you will be able to chase down 1000.
-I will make you fruitful and multiply with many children
-The old food will last very long and remain fresh
- I will dwell in your midst and not reject you
-I will walk among you and be for you a G-d and you will be for me a nation
BUT!- If you do not keep my Mitzvos and will hate and reject the laws….
Then I will do the same to you and bring on you confusion, diseases and boils, fever, and depression. Your food will not grow and enemies will win over you. And if it continues another 7 punishments will be added on. If you treat Hashem as happenstance and coincidence and not as involved in your lives then Hashem will punish for that and act as if its all coincidence. The Pesukim continue with the many punishments, opposites of the blessings above, that Hashem will bring if the laws are not kept and are despised.
-Eruchin - The Pesukim go into detail of the cost of the value of different people. If someone is in danger they can promise the value of a person / themselves and pay that to the Bais Hamikdash to redeem them.
-Hekdesh - A person can promise and animal or parts of animals as donations to the Mikdash as well.
-A person can be makdish his house and field as well to the Mikdash.
-All the Hekdesh – if it’s redeemed then the owner adds a fifth to the amount.
-Maaser - All Maaser (1/10) from the land is Holy for Hashem
Maaser of animals – every tenth one passes under a stick and is marked as Maaser and is holy for Hashem.
(Adapted partially from Chabad.org, and The Pesukim and Rashi)
And now for the fun part
SNACKS LISTED FIRST SO YOU CAN TRY AND GUESS TOO!
Fruit roll ups Fruit Nuggets Fruit Bites etc
Juicy Strawberry candy straws
Pull and Peel
Grape Sippies or oodles
Dollar Candy, Money Rolls, Chocolate coins
Mazel Tov Candies
Candy or Cookie packs of 7
Candy Pack of 50
Extra Sour Chews
Sour Sticks package (with lion on it)
Bundt Cake (looks like a mountain)
THE PARSHA PARTY ANSWER LIST!
Fruit roll ups Fruit Nuggets Fruit Bites etc – If you keep shemitta the land will be fruitful and so much food enough for 3 years. Also if you keep the Torah and Mitzvos your fields will produce so much fruit.
Juicy Strawberry candy straws – You will produce so much fruit if you keep the mitzvos
Twozies – Ribbis is a serious Avera and the Torah uses two words to describe it and a person transgresses two Averos if he does charge Ribbis
Pull and Peel – In shemitta and Yovel you cant harvest and pull and peel your crops
Grape Sippies or oodles – You cannot harvest your vineyards
Fruity Peak – Be”Har” (A peak is a mountain)
Choco NoNos – If you do not listen to the Mitzvos then there are many curses in the Parsha
Candy Brix – Walled cities and not walled cities have different rules of redemption and Yovel
Dollar Candy, Money Rolls, Chocolate coins – Ribbis, Tzedaka for someone that becomes poor, you will be rich if you keep the Mitzvos
Zillions – You will be fruitful and multiply is one of the brachos for keeping the mitzvos
Popp candy – One who rejects Hashem gets sicknesses and boils pop on him
Atomic candy – The enemies will attack one that rejects Hashem
Mazel Tov Candies – If you keep the mitzvos then will be fruitful and multiply and have many children
Aqua Chews – If you keep the mitzvos Hashem will send rain (aqua is water) in its time
Dazzlers – Hashem will dazzle you with all good if keep the mitzvos
Wowzers – Hashem will wow you with so many unbelievable brachos if you keep the mitzvos
Torah Oodles – Keep Hashem’s Torah and Mitzvos and you will have lots of Brachos
Rainballs – Hashem will send Rain in its time if you keep the Mitzvos
Gummy Bears – If you keep the mitzvos there will be no wild beasts in the land. But if you reject Hashem…
Candy or Cookie packs of 7 – Shemitta is every 7 years when we do not work the land
Candy Pack of 50 – On the 50th year is Yovel and we also don’t work the land and all properties and slaves return to their families
Candy Spinner – The land goes back to the owner it started with in YOvel
Windmill Candy – If you have to help your brother by having him work for you don’t give him slave labor (like a windmill does the hard milling work – instead hire him to do decent work)
Drizillicious -It will drizzle and rain if you keep the mitzvos
Extra Sour Chews – it will be extra sour for those that reject Hashems mitzvos
Sour Sticks package (with lion on it) – It will be sour for one that rejects the Mitzvos and the lions and beasts will come on the land. If we keep the mitzvos the beasts will be kept out
Bundt Cake (looks like a mountain) – BeHar means on a mountain
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