Book 3: Leviticus


Chapter 25

Verse 1: Ad-noy spoke to Moshe on Mount Sinai, saying;

Verse 2: Speak to Bnei Yisroel and say to them, when you come to the land which I give to you the land shall be at rest---a Shabbos for Ad-noy.

Verse 3: For six years you shall plant your field and for six years you shall prune your vineyard and you shall harvest its produce.

Verse 4: But the seventh year shall be a Shabbos of rest for the land, a Shabbos for Ad-noy, you shall not plant your field and you shall not prune your vineyard.

Verse 5: [Even] crops that grew on their own [from the seeds of your previous] harvest you shall not reap, and the grapes of your untended vines you shall not gather; it shall be a year of complete rest for the land.

Verse 6: The [produce] of the land's Shabbos[-year] shall be for yourselves, for food, for you, your servant and your maidservant, for your hired hand and your resident sojourner who reside with you.

Verse 7: [Also] for your domesticated animals and for the [wild] beasts that are in your land shall all of its produce be for food.

Verse 8: You shall count for yourself seven sabbatical years, seven years, seven times and it shall be for you, the days (period) of the seven sabbatical years, forty-nine years.

Verse 9: You shall make a proclamation with the shofor on the tenth day of the seventh month. On Yom Kippur shall this shofor-proclamation be made. throughout all your land.

Verse 10: You shall sanctify the year of the fiftieth year and proclaim freedom in the land for all of its inhabitants; it shall be for you a jubilee and each man shall return to his ancestral land and each man shall return to his family.

Verse 11: It is a jubilee, [that] the year of the fiftieth year shall be for you. You shall not plant and you shall not reap [even] crops that grew on their own; and you shall not gather the [grapes of] its untended vineyard,

Verse 12: For it is a jubilee, it shall be holy to you. Whatever is in the field, you may eat of its produce.

Verse 13: On this jubilee year, each man shall return to his ancestral land.

Sheini (Second Aliyah)

Verse 14: If you sell anything to your neighbor, or purchase [something] from your neighbor, do not cheat one another.

Verse 15: According to the number of years after the jubilee you shall purchase [land] from your neighbor; according to the number of produce years he shall sell it to you.

Verse 16: Based on the abundance of years, you shall increase its purchase price and based on the lack of years you shall decrease its purchase price, since it is the number of produce-seasons that he is selling to you.

Verse 17: You shall not cheat one another, and you shall fear your G-d for I am Ad-noy, your G-d.

Verse 18: You shall fulfill My statutes and keep My laws and fulfill them, and you will then live in the land in security.

Verse 19: The land will give forth its fruit and you will eat your fill, and you will live securely on it.

Verse 20: If you shall say (ask) "What will we eat in the seventh year, for lo! we have not planted nor gathered our produce?"

Verse 21: I shall command (direct) My blessing to you in the sixth year and it will produce [enough] for three years.

Verse 22: You shall plant in the eighth year but you will still be eating from the old produce until the ninth year; until the [new] produce arrives (ripens) you shall eat [from] the old.

Verse 23: The land shall not be sold in perpetuity, for the land is Mine, for, you are [merely as] foreigners and resident aliens before Me.

Verse 24: In all of your ancestral lands you shall grant redemption to the land.

Revi'i (Fourth Aliyah)

Verse 25: If your brother becomes impoverished and sells some of his ancestral land, and a close relative comes and redeems that which his brother sold.

Verse 26: [Or] if the man has no redeemer (close relative) but has acquired sufficient means and finds [it] enough to redeem it [himself],

Verse 27: He shall calculate the number of years for which he sold the land and return the remainder (excess) to the man to whom he had sold it, and he shall return to his ancestral land.

Verse 28: Or if he does not have within his means enough to retrieve the land to himself, then that which he sold remains in the possession of the buyer until the jubilee year. It is then released by the jubilee and he [the seller] returns to his ancestral land.

Verse 29: If a man shall sell a residential home [that is] within a walled city, the time allotted for its redemption shall be until the end of one year after he sold it. He has the days [of a full year] in which to redeem it.

Verse 30: If he does not redeem it by the end of a full year, the house within the city that is surrounded by a wall shall then remain in perpetuity to its purchaser for his generations (descendants.) It is not released by the jubilee.

Verse 31: The houses of open cities which are not surrounded by a wall shall be considered as a field of the land. It shall have a redemption and it is released by the jubilee.

Verse 32: The cities of the Levites the houses in the cities of their ancestral land, the Levites shall have an eternal right of redemption.

Verse 33: If anyone redeems [a house or field] from the Levites, then the house or his ancestral city shall be released by the jubilee, for the houses of the Levitic cities are [considered] their ancestral lands among Bnei Yisroel.

Verse 34: The field on the outskirts of their cities may not be sold for it is their perpetual ancestral land.

Verse 35: If your brother becomes impoverished and his hand (assets) become shaky among you, you must support him, [so too] the proselyte and the sojourner, [so] that he shall live with you.

Verse 36: You shall not take from him interest or usury and you shall fear your G-d, and your brother shall live with you.

Verse 37: You must not give (lend) him your money with interest, and usuriously you must not advance him your food.

Verse 38: I am Ad-noy your G-d who brought you out from the land of Egypt to give you the land of Canaan, to be a G-d for you.

Verse 39: If your brother becomes impoverished and is sold to you, you must not work him like a slave.

Verse 40: Like a hired hand or resident [worker] shall he be with you He shall serve you until the jubilee year.

Verse 41: Then he and his children shall depart from you and return to his own family. He shall return to his ancestral estate.

Verse 42: For they are My servants, whom I brought out from the land of Egypt, they shall not be sold [in the market] as slaves.

Verse 43: You must not rule over him to crush him and you shall fear your G-d.

Verse 44: Your slaves and maidservants that you shall possess from the nations that surround you, from them you may purchase slaves and maidservants.

Verse 45: Also, from the children of the sojourners who reside with you from them you may purchase [slaves], and from their families that live among you that were born in your land. [All these] shall be your permanent possession.

Verse 46: You shall will them as inheritance to your children after you as hereditary property; you shall keep them in servitude permanently. However regarding your bretheren, Bnei Yisroel, man over his brother, you must not rule over him to crush him.

Shevi'i (Seventh Aliyah)

Verse 47: If a foreigner or resident acquires means while your brother becomes impoverished by him, and is sold to a resident foreigner who resides with you or to the offspring of a foreign family.

Verse 48: After he is sold redemption shall be his, one of his bretheren shall redeem him.

Verse 49: Either his uncle or his uncle's son (cousin) shall redeem him or the closest (other) family relative shall redeem him. If he obtains sufficient means of his own he may be redeemed [on his own.]

Verse 50: He shall reckon with the one who bought him. [According to the number of years] from the year which he was sold to him until the jubilee year. His purchase price shall be [proportional] to the number of years; at the rate of the days of a hired hand it shall be [considered as he worked] with him.

Verse 51: If there are yet many years [until the jubilee] accordingly shall he return his redemption money from his purchase price.

Verse 52: If there remain but a few years until the jubilee year, he shall make a [similar] calculation, based on the number of years he shall return his redemption money [to the purchaser.]

Verse 53: As a hired hand [working] on a yearly basis shall he be considered with him; he shall not rule over him to crush him before your eyes.

Verse 54: If he is not redeemed through these means he then goes out in the jubilee year, he, along with his children.


Verse 55: For, Bnei Yisroel are My servants. They are My servants whom I have brought out of the land of Egypt, I am Ad-noy, your G-d.

Chapter 26

Verse 1: You shall not make idols for yourselves and graven images and memorial stones you shall not raise up for youselves, and a prostration stone you shall not set in your land upon which to prostrate oneself, for I am Ad-noy, your G-d.

Verse 2: You shall keep My Shabbosos and you shall fear (revere) My Sanctuary, I am Ad-noy. Fifty-seven verses. Haftarah: Yirmiyahu 32:6--27.

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