RE'EH “See”
23 AUG 2014

Deut. 11:26-16:17


1John 4:1-6

Moses states, “I place before you today a blessing and a curse” proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal.  A Temple should be established in the place that GOD will choose.  A false prophet, or one to entice others to worship idols, should be put to death; an idolatrous city must be destroyed.  Deut.12:15-32 states that animals that are not proper for sacrifice may be eaten if desired (a list of Kosher and non-Kosher Animals is listed in Lev 11).  A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem (or exchanged for money with which to purchase food to eat there).

Even though the Levites are given part of the tithe each year, every three years (Deut.14:28) tithes are given to the Levite, foreign resident, fatherless, and widow.  Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple and their meat eaten by the Cohen (Priest).  There is a Mitzvah of charity. All loans are forgiven every seven years. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

This Parasha concludes with the three pilgrimage festivals—Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot.

The Haftorah is Isa.54:11-55:5.  This is the third week in the series of the Seven Haftarot of consolation.  GOD comforts Jerusalem and assures her that she will be restored. There is the allusion of the everlasting covenant promised to king David and his descendent, who will be honored and revered by all the Nations.

“Look” (R’eh):  today I set before you a blessing and a curse: there will be a blessing, if you obey the commands of Hashem your GOD I am giving you today, and a curse, if you do not obey the commands of Hashem your GOD and you turn aside from the path I command you today by following other gods you have not known.

Yeshua said in Mathew 7:13-14, “Enter through the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who go through it. (Verse 14) How narrow is the gate and difficult the road that leads to life, and few find it.

Robert Frost wrote a poem called, “The road not taken.”  At the end of the poem Frost writes that two roads diverged in a wood, and I chose the road less traveled by, and to him that has made all the difference.

We also are told by GOD to choose a road, either to life or death. Our GOD tells us to choose life so that we and our descendants may live. So love the Lord your GOD, obey Him, and remain faithful, for He is your life.

Shavua Tov

Rabbi Z.

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