On the mountain/In my statutes — בהר/בחקותי
- BRIT CHADASHAH – GOSPEL:
LUKE 4:14-22; MATTHEW 16:20-28
Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.
The thirty-second reading from the Torah and second-to-last reading from the book of Leviticus is called Behar (בהר), which means “On the Mountain.” The name comes from the first words of the first verse of the reading, which could be literally translated to read, “The LORD then spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai” (Leviticus 25:1). This portion from the Torah introduces the laws of the sabbatical years, the jubilee and laws concerning redemption. In most years, synagogues read Behar together with the following portion, Bechukotai.
The last reading from the book of Leviticus is called Bechukotai (בחקותי), which means “In My Statutes.” The name comes from the first verse of the reading, which begins with the words “If you walk in My statutes …” (Leviticus 26:3). This last reading from Leviticus promises blessings and rewards for Israel if they will keep the Torah, but punishment and curses if they break the commandments of the Torah. The last chapter discusses laws pertaining to vows, valuations and tithes. In most years, synagogues read Bechukotaitogether with the preceding portion, Behar.
- Leviticus 25:1 | The Sabbatical Year
- Leviticus 25:8 | The Year of Jubilee
- Leviticus 26:1 | Rewards for Obedience
- Leviticus 26:14 | Penalties for Disobedience
- Leviticus 27:1 | Votive Offerings
- Jer 16:14 | God Will Restore Israel
- Jer 17:1 | Judah’s Sin and Punishment
- Jer 17:14 | Jeremiah Prays for Vindication
- Jer 17:19 | Hallow the Sabbath Day