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Behar, BeHar, Be-har, or B'har ( — Hebrew for "on the mount," the fifth word, and the first distinctive word, in the parashah) is the 32nd weekly Torah portion (, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the ninth in the Book of Leviticus. It constitutes The parashah is the shortest of the weekly Torah portions in the Book of Leviticus (although not the shortest in the Torah), and is made up of 2,817 Hebrew letters, 737 Hebrew words, and 57 verses, and can occupy about 99 lines in a Torah Scroll (, Sefer Torah).

Jews generally read it in May. The lunisolar Hebrew calendar contains up to 55 weeks, the exact number varying between 50 in common years and 54 or 55 in leap years. In leap years (for example, 2016, 2019, 2022, 2024, and 2027), parashah Behar is read separately. In common years (for example, 2017, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2025, and 2026), parashah Behar is combined with the next parashah, Bechukotai, to help achieve the needed number of weekly readings.

In years when the first day of Passover falls on a Sabbath (as it does in 2016, 2018, 2019, and 2022), Jews in Israel and Reform Jews read the parashah following Passover one week before Conservative and Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora. In such years, Jews in Israel and Reform Jews celebrate Passover for seven days and thus read the next parashah (in 2018, Shemini) on the Sabbath one week after the first day of Passover, while Conservative and Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora celebrate Passover for eight days and read the next parashah (in 2018, Shemini) one week later. In some such years (for example, 2018), the two calendars realign when Conservative and Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora read Behar together with Bechukotai while Jews in Israel and Reform Jews read them separately.

The parashah tells the laws of the Sabbatical year (, Shmita) and limits on debt servitude.

Behar (disambiguation)

Behar is the 32nd weekly parshah or portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading.

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Behar (surname)

Behar is a surname of Hebrew origin. Notable people with the surname include:

  • Abdellah Béhar (born 1963), Moroccan-born French runner
  • Adriana Behar (born 1969), Brazilian volleyball athlete
  • Ariel Behar (born 1989), Uruguayan tennis player
  • Joy Behar (born 1942), American comedian
  • Maksim Behar (born 1955), Bulgarian-Israeli businessman
  • Richard Behar, American investigative journalist
  • Ruth Behar (born 1956), Cuban-American writer and anthropologist
  • Sasha Behar (born 1971), British actress
  • Yves Béhar (born 1967), Swiss-born industrial designer
Behar (magazine)

Behar was a Bosnian Muslim political magazine published twice monthly between 1900 and 1911. The word behar means blossom in English. It was established in 1900 by Bosnian Muslim intellectuals Edhem Mulabdić, Safvet-beg Bašagić, and Osman Nuri Hadžić, assisted financially by Ademaga Mešić.

In addition to Bašagić and Mulabdić, Musa Ćazim Ćatić, Džemaludin Čaušević, and Ljudevit Dvorniković also served as editors during the decade that the magazine was published.

A 1927 revival, called Novi behar (New Blossom), by Hamdija Kreševljaković and Husein Dubravić lasted until 1943.