Behar and B’chukkotai 5780 Reading of Haftorah and Apostolic Writings

The ninth and tenth Torah Portions of the book of Vayikra/Leviticus are Behar and B’chukkotai, which mean “On the Mountain” and “By My Regulations”

Torah Portion: Leviticus 25:1- 26:2 and 26:3 – 27:34

Haftorah Portions: Jeremiah 32:6-27 and Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

Apostolic Writings: Luke 4:18-19, Acts 1:6-11 and John 15:1-17

You can read or listen to the portions below:

Haftorah

From Behar

Jeremiah 32:6-27

6Yirmeyahu said, “This word of Adonai came to me: 7‘Hanam’el, the son of your uncle Shalum, will approach you and say, “Buy my field at ‘Anatot; you have next-of-kin’s right to redeem it; so buy it.”’” 8As Adonai had said, my cousin Hanam’el came to me in the guards’ quarters and said, “Please buy my field at ‘Anatot, in the territory of Binyamin; because you will inherit it, and you have next-of-kin’s right to redeem it, so buy it for yourself.” Then I was certain that this was Adonai’s word.

9So I bought the field at ‘Anatot which belonged to my cousin Hanam’el and weighed out the money for him, seven ounces of silver shekels. 10I signed on the purchase contract, sealed it, called witnesses and weighed out the money for him on a balance scale. 11I took the purchase contract, both the sealed copy with the terms and conditions, and the unsealed copy, 12and gave the purchase contract to Barukh the son of Neriyah, the son of Machseyah, in the presence of my cousin Hanam’el, the witnesses who had signed the purchase contract and the people from Y’hudah sitting by the guards’ quarters. 13In their presence I instructed Barukh as follows: 14“Here is what Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says: ‘Take these contracts, both the sealed and unsealed copies, and place them in a clay jar, so that they can be preserved for a long time.’ 15For Adonai-Tzva’ot, the God of Isra’el, says that one day homes, fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.”

16After giving the purchase contract to Barukh son of Neriyah, I prayed to Adonai: 17“Adonai, God! You made heaven and earth by your great power and outstretched arm; nothing is too hard for you. 18You display your grace to thousands but also repay the guilt of the fathers into the lap of their children who follow them. Great, powerful God, whose name is Adonai-Tzva’ot, 19great in counsel, mighty in deed! Your eyes are open to all the ways of human beings in order to repay each one according to his ways, according to the consequences of what he does. 20You gave signs and performed miracles in the land of Egypt which continue to this day, also in Isra’el and among other people; thus you made yourself the reputation you have today. 21You brought your people of Isra’el out of the land of Egypt with signs and miracles, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm and with great terror. 22Then you gave them this land, which you had sworn to their ancestors that you would give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. 23They entered and took possession of it; but they did not pay attention to your voice, did not live according to your Torah, and did nothing of all you ordered them to do. Therefore you made this complete disaster befall them — 24the siege-works are already there; they have come to the city to capture it; and the city, by means of sword, famine and plague, is being handed over to the Kasdim fighting against it. What you foretold is being fulfilled; here, you see it, yourself. 25Yet you, Adonai, God, have said to me, ‘Buy the field for money, and call witnesses; even as the city is being turned over to the Kasdim!’”

26Then this word of Adonai came to Yirmeyahu: 27“Look, I am Adonai, the God of every living creature; is there anything too hard for me?

From B’chukkotai

Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14

19Adonai, my strength, my fortress,

my refuge in time of trouble,

the nations will come to you

from the ends of the earth, saying,

“Our ancestors inherited nothing but lies,

futile idols, completely useless.”

20Can a person make himself gods?

(In fact they aren’t gods at all.)

21“Therefore, I will make them know,

once and for all, I will make them know

my power and my might.

Then they will know that my name is Adonai.

1“Y’hudah’s sin is written with an iron pen;

with a diamond point it is engraved

on the tablet of their hearts

and on the horns of your altars.

2As they remember their children,

so they remember their altars

and their sacred poles by the green trees

on the high hills.

3My mountain in the field, your wealth

and all your treasures will be plundered;

because of the sin of your high places

throughout your territory.

4You will relinquish your hold

on your heritage which I gave you.

I will make you serve your enemies

in a land you do not know.

For you have kindled my fiery anger,

and it will burn forever.”

5Here is what Adonai says:

“A curse on the person who trusts in humans,

who relies on merely human strength,

whose heart turns away from Adonai.

6He will be like a tamarisk in the ‘Aravah —

when relief comes, it is unaffected;

for it lives in the sun-baked desert,

in salty, uninhabited land.

7Blessed is the man who trusts in Adonai;

Adonai will be his security.

8He will be like a tree planted near water;

it spreads out its roots by the river;

it does not notice when heat comes;

and its foliage is luxuriant;

it is not anxious in a year of drought

but keeps on yielding fruit.

9“The heart is more deceitful than anything else

and mortally sick. Who can fathom it?

10I, Adonai, search the heart;

I test inner motivations;

in order to give to everyone

what his actions and conduct deserve.”

11A partridge hatches eggs it did not lay;

like this are those who get rich unjustly:

in the prime of life their wealth will desert them;

in the end they will prove to be fools.

12Throne of Glory,

exalted from the beginning!

Our Holy Sanctuary,

13Hope of Isra’el, Adonai!

All who abandon you will be ashamed,

those who leave you will be inscribed in the dust,

because they have abandoned Adonai,

the source of living water.

14Heal me, Adonai, and I will be healed;

save me, and I will be saved,

for you are my praise.

Apostolic Writings

From Behar

Luke 4:18-19

18“The Spirit of Adonai is upon me;

therefore he has anointed me

to announce Good News to the poor;

he has sent me to proclaim freedom for the imprisoned

and renewed sight for the blind,

to release those who have been crushed,

19to proclaim a year of the favor of Adonai.”

Acts 1:6-11

6When they were together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore self-rule to Isra’el?” 7He answered, “You don’t need to know the dates or the times; the Father has kept these under his own authority. 8But you will receive power when the Ruach HaKodesh comes upon you; you will be my witnesses both in Yerushalayim and in all Y’hudah and Shomron, indeed to the ends of the earth!”

9After saying this, he was taken up before their eyes; and a cloud hid him from their sight. 10As they were staring into the sky after him, suddenly they saw two men dressed in white standing next to them. 11The men said, “You Galileans! Why are you standing, staring into space? This Yeshua, who has been taken away from you into heaven, will come back to you in just the same way as you saw him go into heaven.”

From B’chukkotai

John 15:1-17

1“I am the real vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2Every branch which is part of me but fails to bear fruit, he cuts off; and every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, so that it may bear more fruit. 3Right now, because of the word which I have spoken to you, you are pruned. 4Stay united with me, as I will with you — for just as the branch can’t put forth fruit by itself apart from the vine, so you can’t bear fruit apart from me.

5“I am the vine and you are the branches. Those who stay united with me, and I with them, are the ones who bear much fruit; because apart from me you can’t do a thing. 6Unless a person remains united with me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up. Such branches are gathered and thrown into the fire, where they are burned up.

7“If you remain united with me, and my words with you, then ask whatever you want, and it will happen for you. 8This is how my Father is glorified — in your bearing much fruit; this is how you will prove to be my talmidim.

9“Just as my Father has loved me, I too have loved you; so stay in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will stay in my love — just as I have kept my Father’s commands and stay in his love. 11I have said this to you so that my joy may be in you, and your joy be complete.

12“This is my command: that you keep on loving each other just as I have loved you. 13No one has greater love than a person who lays down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends, if you do what I command you. 15I no longer call you slaves, because a slave doesn’t know what his master is about; but I have called you friends, because everything I have heard from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, I chose you; and I have commissioned you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last; so that whatever you ask from the Father in my name he may give you. 17This is what I command you: keep loving each other!

Published by MJ Muñoz

Husband. Father. Believer. Writer.

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