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    What I leave behind – B’ha’alot’cha

    The sidra has a focus on Levites. One of the marks of being a Levite is to have no territory, to be landless.

    Apart from the historical reasons, we learn from this that in the spiritual scheme of things, possessions are not as important as character.

    What I have is not as important as what I am. What I leave behind me is only important if I have a good name and have given my children a good example.

    This is why the prayers in the house of mourning include Psalm 49, which says, “When he dies he takes nothing with him”.

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