Published Date: May 04, 2018
In this Shabbat’s weekly Torah portion Bechukotai Leviticus 26:3 – 27:34, God promises that if the people of Israel will keep His commandments, they will enjoy material prosperity and dwell secure in their homeland. But He also delivers a harsh “rebuke,” warning of the exile, persecution and other evils that will befall them if they abandon their covenant with Him.
Nevertheless, “Even when they are in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them away; nor will I ever abhor them, to destroy them and to break My covenant with them; for I am the Lord their God.
In this week’s Haftara Prophets reading Jeremiah 16:19 – 17:14, discusses the punishments that await those who disregard God’s law, and the blessings that are the lot of those who follow the Creator’s wishes. This follows the theme of this week’s Torah reading which details at length the blessings and curses.
The prophet Jeremiah rebukes the people of Israel for their idolatrous ways and for not having faith in God. He conveys God’s words of wrath towards those who do not put their trust in Him — foretelling exile as their punishment — and of blessings for those who do.