Shabbat Behar (Lev. 25:1-26:2)

Parasha Behar spends a great deal of time discussing the sabbatical and
jubilee years in the land of Israel. The rabbi’s have interpreted this
Shabbat of the land in different ways, from simple agricultural common
sense to a living reminder that everything ultimately belongs to and
derives from God, to a mirror of the 7 days of creation, to a chance to
put ourselves in the shoes of the truly needy and be sensitized to their

Regardless of the interperetation which might resonate with you, we
decided to give our “food theme of the week” a sabbatical also (although
not for a full year – perish the thought!). For this week, the food you
bring is not required to have any particular connection to the parasha
at all. It’s just food.

But just like the sabbatical does not mean a cessation from all work,
just a reprieve for the soil, we have an assignment for you. Please
bring your answers to the following questions:

Imagine for a moment that your family was given a sabbatical year – 12
months leave from work and school with a guarenteed income but no
obligations. What would you do with that time? How would you use such a
year? What goals would you set and what activities would you plan?

In thinking about your answer, try to complete the following sentences:

A year of release from _______________
A year free from _______________
A year to return _______________
A year to allow _______________
A time for _______________
A time to _______________
A time with _______________

Come prepared to share your responses.