For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: 'Houses and fields and vineyards shall be bought again in this land.' After I had delivered the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to God, saying: Ah, Hashem, Lord! Behold, You have made the heaven and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for you.
behar “on the mountain”
Leviticus 25:1 – 26:2
The chapter deals with the laws of the Sabbatical Year which occurred the seventh of seven year cycles – the fiftieth year. Seven being a significant number in Jewish history with seven leaders of the generations of mankind starting with Adam, seven great forefathers starting with Abraham, the week divided into seven parts and some say even the Torah is divided into seven sections. Seven is said to symbolize the spiritual goal of the group. The “sh’mitta” - the end of this seven years is the Sabbatical Jubilee Year “yovail” brought in with the blowing of the shofar. One’s land is to lie fallow that year and nothing is picked from the fields including one’s grapes. Also in this parsha are laws regarding living in cities and sale of property (note the towers in the upper left - this painting was done after 9/11); and also in this parsha are the obligations to help the needy and how to treat one’s servants.