Current Torah Portion
Introduction to the Weekly Torah Portions
This week's Torah Portion:
וַיְדַבֵּר יְהוָה אֶל־מֹשֶׁה בְּהַר סִינַי לֵאמֹֽר
This is Parashat B’har. B’har means “on (the) Mount (of Sinai).” The opening dialogue between HaShem and Moshe takes place on Mount Sinai. The subject of this very short parashah is the Sh’mittah and the Yovel. Sh’mittah is defined as the “release,” or the “Sabbatical Year.” In the Sh’mittah the land lay fallow every 7th year, and after the 49th year, (7x7) it lay fallow a 2nd year for the 50th year as well. This 50th year is known as the Yovel (Jubilee).