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Parsha in 60 Seconds Presents Bechukotai

Shalom and welcome to the Parsha in 60 seconds
Today’s portion is from Leviticus 26:3–27:34 it is called Bechukotai which means “by my decrees.”

if the Israelites followed God’s laws, God would bless Israel with rains in their season, abundant harvests, peace, victory over enemies, fertility, and God’s presence.

If they failed, God would wreak upon Israel misery, consumption, fever, stolen harvests, defeat by enemies, poor harvests, attacks of wild beasts, pestilence, famine, desolation, and timidity. Survivors would be exiled to the land of their enemies, where they would feel convicted, confess their sin, and atone. God would never forget the covenant.

If anyone vowed to offer God the value of a human being, the following scale would apply:

man from age 20 to 60, 50 shekels of silver
woman 20 to 60, 30 shekels
boy 5 to 20, 20 shekels
girl 5 to 20, 10 shekels
boy 1 month to 5 years, 5 shekels
girl from 1 month to 5 years, 3 shekels
man 60 or over, 15 shekels
woman 60 or over, 10 shekels
If vower was poor they would go to the priest to get a lower rate.

Vowed animals were considered holy and nonexchangeable. Unclean animal vows were brought to the priest and 1/5 would be added to its cost. First born clean animals already belonged to God and could not be used, unclean firstborns were usable. Houses and land were also givable as a vow. Nothing that one had identified as condemned could be sold or redeemed, and no human being condemned could be ransomed, but he was to be put to death.

tithes crops were to be God’s,

Every tenth head of livestock was to be holy to God, and the owner was not to choose good or bad when counting off the tithe.

And that is Bechukotai in 60 seconds.
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