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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Monday, June 26, 2017


We read this week two portions and I believe the theme of the double portions of BeHar and BeChukotai is faith. We begin with the command to observe the Sabbatical year. This is certainly one of the most difficult commandments to fathom. Imagine being asked to close your store for one year every seven and not only that, you close the store but leave the doors open and anything which may have remained is available for someone to take.

Here, the Torah is asking a farmer to simply let his field sit for the seventh year. The farmer is forbidden to turn the land, he is forbidden to plant, he is forbidden to harvest and everything and anything which does grow on its own, for example in an orchard or a vineyard, must be left for anyone to

This week we have a double parsha: Behar and B’Chukosai. With those two parshiot we conclude the Book of Leviticus and proclaim “Chazak Chazak - Be strong and of good courage” for it is through the steadfast study and observance of Torah that we are infused with strength. 

We are now in the count-down for the sacred holiday of Shavuos, when G-d gave us the Torah. Most appropriately, this parsha imparts commandments that teach us how we may best prepare ourselves for this holy day. Not only are

In the opening verse of our parsha, G-d instructs Moshe, “Say to the Kohanim...” (Leviticus, 21:1), and puzzlingly, in that very same verse, G-d once again repeats the command, “Say to them...”

Since there is no redundancy in the Torah, we must try to decipher the meaning of this duplication. Moreover, we will discover throughout the parsha that that which Moshe imparts to the Kohanim is not only significant to them, but instructive to us as well. The Torah is teaching us that once the Kohanim

We begin this week’s portions with Hashem telling Moses, Emor El HaKohanin … Speak to the Kohanim the children of Aaron, VeAmarta Aleyhem … And say to them. The rabbis ask why the double language of Emor and Amarta, say and say? From this we learn that one generation is responsible to teach another generation. I also see a lesson in the use of the word emor as opposed to the word daber. The rabbis teach that emor is used to speak in a soft way as opposed to daber which is used to speak in a

The first Aliyah of Acharei Mot which we read on Shabbat afternoon and Monday morning and which we will read again on Thursday morning and Shabbat and again on Yom Kippur describes what is perhaps the strangest and most dramatic element of the Avodah – the priestly service on Yom Kippur. It is the ritual of the two goats brought to the High Priest who randomly places lots on each where one will be offered as a sacrifice and the other sent away into the desert “to Azazel.” The rabbis explain