The Portion of Re’eh

Aug 8, 2015

Photo credit: Yehoshua Halevi

רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה׃

See, this day I set before you blessing and curse:

Deuteronomy 11:26

אִישׁ כְּמַתְּנַת יָדוֹ כְּבִרְכַּת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ אֲשֶׁר נָתַן־לָךְ׃

but each with his own gift, according to the blessing that Hashem your God has bestowed upon you.

Deuteronomy 16:17

This week’s portion focuses on changes which will take place upon the people’s entry into Israel. First, they are told to wipe out all forms of idolatry which remain from the land’s previous inhabitants. They are then told God will set aside a special place for them to serve Him. Moses tells the people how to deal with deceitful people who will try to lead the nation astray from God. He reminds the people of the laws of kosher animals and teaches them about certain tithes. He reiterates certain aspects of the shmitta year and the pilgrimage holidays.

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