PARASHAT RE’EH

Saturday 31st August 2019 30th Av 5779

PARASHAT RE’EH by Herschel

Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17; Isaiah 54:11-55:5; Mark 9:40-50

The next three Torah portions - Re'eh, Shoftim, and Ki Taitzei - contain the bulk of the commandments found in Deuteronomy. Up to now, Moses mentioned such fundamental commandments as the necessity to love and fear HaShem. There are also general exhortations against idolatry. Moshe also gave inspirational sermons stressing the people's duty toward God and their obligation to live up to the holiness of the Land.

Moses begins this recitation by putting the commandments into perspective, saying that the choice of whether or not to accept the Torah in its totality is nothing less than the choice between blessing and curse, life and death:

Dev 11:26-27

26. See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse:

27. The blessing - that you hearken to the commandments of Hashem, your

God, that I command you today:

28. And the curse - if you do not hearken to the commandments o