While this week’s parsha is very short, it highlights an extremely important – and forward-thinking – aspect of the society that the Bible envisioned. This society was inherently socialist, in that every fifty years all property – including people who had been forced to sell themselves into slavery – was to be returned to its original owners. So no matter how wealthy one generation became between yovel years, everyone started with a clean slate every five decades.
For fifty years
יובל makes all fair