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This week's Torah Portion: 

47 RE'EH - SEE - DEUTERONOMY 11:26-16:17

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רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיֹּום בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָֽה

Re'eh anochi noten lifneychem hayom b'rachah uk'lalah

"See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse."


This is Parashat Re’eh (say “reh-eh”). The Hebrew word “re’eh” means to “see” or to “plainly behold.” It is not an emphatic use of the word “behold,” for if it were, another Hebrew word “hineh” הִנֵּה might have been used instead. No, this word has a very practical approach in mind. The opening dialogue is a practical, heart-felt plea (from the part of Moshe) to see plainly (or behold) that HaShem is setting before the people a choice: to obey and consequently enjoy the blessings, or to disobey and reap the consequences of disobedience. His opening word “re’eh” is a call to understand the choice which is set before you.

”‘See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse—the blessing, if you listen to the mitzvot of ADONAI your God that I am giving you today; and the curse, if you don’t listen to the mitzvot of ADONAI your God, but turn aside from the way I am ordering you today and follow other gods that you have not known.’” (D’varim 11:26-28)

I want to posit a similar challenge to those of you reading this teaching. I want to speak, not so much from a theological standpoint this time, but rather from a practical standpoint.

This week, like Moshe, I want to take a practical look at the Word of God. The Bible clearly offers a righteous standing with God, and it is this stance which draws all men towards the Light. For within the heart of every man there lies a “God-shaped” hole. An empty space. Only the Creator of all men can fill this void. And rightly so! For this is the nature and design of the Master Designer!
— Parashat Re'eh