Once the Israelites enter the land of Israel, there will be a whole new set of laws waiting for them: how to treat the land.
1. Where is God when he is speaking to Moses at the start of this week’s Torah reading?
Mount Sinai. (25:2)
2. How many years may you sow the land before taking a break?
Six years followed by a one-year break. (25:3-4)
3. Who may eat the food that grows during the Sabbath year?
Everyone. The owners of the land, their servants, maids, neighbors and cattle. (25:6-7)
4. What happens at the end of 7 cycles of 7 years?
You sound a shofar blast, and the 50th year is called the Jubilee year. (25:9-10)
5. What happens to slaves on the Jubilee year?
All slaves go free. (25:10)
6. What miracle will happen if you keep the 7-year cycle?
On the sixth year the crop will grow enough for 3 years. (25:21)
7. Can you sell land in Israel permanently?
No. The land is truly God’s land and you are just settling on it. (25:23)
8. If someone needs help with money – what type of loan must you give him?
An interest-free loan. (25:36)
9. When a slave goes free in the jubilee year, what happens to his family?
They are free to go with him. (25:41)
10. What three laws does this week’s portion end with?
Do not make an idol. Keep the Shabbat. Revere my Sanctuary.