Parshat Behar-The Earth’s Inner Reality

Parshat Behar discusses the mitzva of shemitta. What is the deeper meaning behind this unusual commandment?

Earth is finite and physical, while heaven is infinite and transcendental.  Because we are so involved in physicality, it is easy to get lost in it.  Somehow our material existence becomes real to us, while our spiritual essence remains vague and distant. Other religions preach that earth is the enemy and heaven is where your heart should be. In contrast, Judaism teaches that the earth was created to be the agent of our spiritual expression. This is especially true in the land of Israel. Indeed, Hashem chose to define us as a nation specifically there.

Everything physical has six sides: left, right, front, back, up, and down. The surface of reality is symbolized by six.


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