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5 Facts About Parshat Bechukotai that You (Maybe) You Didn't Know

Published on Wednesday May 29th, 2019

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וְנָתַתִּ֥י גִשְׁמֵיכֶ֖ם בְּעִתָּ֑ם וְנָתְנָ֤ה הָאָ֙רֶץ֙ יְבוּלָ֔הּ וְעֵ֥ץ הַשָּׂדֶ֖ה יִתֵּ֥ן פִּרְיֽוֹ׃

I will grant your rains in their season, so that the earth shall yield its produce and the trees of the field their fruit.

What promise reserved for the World to Come is alluded in this verse?

  • From here we learn that if we keep Hashem’s commandments, He will return nature to its original state, the way it was before Adam sinned. For example, the earth will produce crops on the same day  it is sowed and trees will produce fruits the same day they’re planted. Even fields and trees planted for shade will give fruits.


וְנָתַתִּ֤י שָׁלוֹם֙ בָּאָ֔רֶץ וּשְׁכַבְתֶּ֖ם וְאֵ֣ין מַחֲרִ֑יד וְהִשְׁבַּתִּ֞י חַיָּ֤ה רָעָה֙ מִן־הָאָ֔רֶץ וְחֶ֖רֶב לֹא־תַעֲבֹ֥ר בְּאַרְצְכֶֽם׃

I will grant peace in the land, and you shall lie down with nothing to be afraid of; I will give the land respite from vicious beasts, and no sword shall cross your land.

How many people were also name Aaron?

  • We are told, that there were 80,000 young children named Aaron who attended Aaron’s funeral. This is because Aaron would always busy himself with making peace between husbands and wives, and in doing so, he was responsible for more children coming into the world. In gratitude, parents would name their child Aaron.

How will death be different than today’s, if we listen to the Torah’s laws?

  • This verse teaches us that maggots and worms, snakes and scorpions will have no power over corpses that are buried in the ground. They will remain shalem/whole, without decomposing.
  • This verse also teaches us, that the Angel of Death will have no power over us. We will all die by Neshika/Divine Kiss, when our time comes


וַאֲכַלְתֶּ֥ם יָשָׁ֖ן נוֹשָׁ֑ן וְיָשָׁ֕ן מִפְּנֵ֥י חָדָ֖שׁ תּוֹצִֽיאוּ׃

You shall eat old and very old, and you shall have to clear out the old to make room for the new.

Why the seemingly redundant language: “old” & “very old”?

  • This redundancy “You shall eat old and very old”, teaches us that at the Great Feast in the future, there are two things that will be served that date back to Creation: The Leviathan fish and wine made from the first  grapes.


וְזָכַרְתִּ֖י אֶת־בְּרִיתִ֣י יַעֲק֑וֹב וְאַף֩ אֶת־בְּרִיתִ֨י יִצְחָ֜ק וְאַ֨ף אֶת־בְּרִיתִ֧י אַבְרָהָ֛ם אֶזְכֹּ֖ר וְהָאָ֥רֶץ אֶזְכֹּֽר׃

Then will I remember My covenant with Jacob; I will remember also My covenant with Isaac, and also My covenant with Abraham; and I will remember the land.

Is the name “Yaakov” supposed to be spelled with or without the letter “vav”?

  • This is one of only 5 places in the Torah that the name Yaakov is spelled with the letter vav. This corresponds to the  5 times that Eliyahu’s name is spelled with the letter vav. Yaakov in fact, “took” these letters as a “pledge” from Eliyahu -  that he announce the coming of the Mashiach.
Eytan Yéhouda DZIKOWSKI - © Torah-Box Account

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