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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, October 24, 2017


In this week’s parsha, we begin the 4th of the Five Books of Moses. This Book is also known as Sefer HaPekudim - the Book of Numbers, for G-d commanded that a census be taken of the Jewish people. You might ask what the purpose of that census might be, especially since census had already been taken in the Book of Exodus, and surely, G-d knows our numbers.

The Hebrew word for Census - counting, is so oh, which literally means lift up the heads for through counting, G-d demonstrates His love for us - how precious we are to Him that we are all a part of His master plan endowed with a special purpose that only we can fulfill. That awareness, that G-d loves us, that we count and that we have a tachlis - a purpose in life, should fortify us in

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

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

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