The coin’s revolt

19.05.2012                      27.Ijar. 5772                    Behar-Beschukotai; Tag 42 des Omer


The coin's revolt

The jubilee passage reflects a theologization of the economic system. At the head of the monarchic model is God, who owns all the land on earth.

The mitzvah of observing a jubilee year (shnat yovel ) defines the nature of the relationship between man, earth and God. Once every 50 years, "liberty throughout the land" must be proclaimed and a jubilee must be declared: "and ye shall return every man unto his possession, and ye shall return every man unto his family" (Leviticus 25:10 ). All lands that have changed hands in the previous 50 years must return to their original owners, the economy must be recalibrated and the real estate market must go back to square one. The reason for this is given later: "And the land shall not be sold in perpetuity; for the land is Mine; for ye are strangers and settlers with Me" (Lev. 25:23 )….