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עשה תורתך קבע – אמור מעט ועשה הרבה

Parshat Re-eh – Take a good look

Posted by rabbiart on August 27, 2008

The parshah begins with a bold declaration; we have before us both a blessing and a curse. We have a choice as to what we will take. We have a clear explanation of how to make the choice, and what practices to adopt to support the choice we make. We are even told (12:12) to rejoice. Joy is commanded!

וּשְׂמַחְתֶּם, לִפְנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם–אַתֶּם וּבְנֵיכֶם וּבְנֹתֵיכֶם, וְעַבְדֵיכֶם וְאַמְהֹתֵיכֶם; וְהַלֵּוִי אֲשֶׁר בְּשַׁעֲרֵיכֶם, כִּי אֵין לוֹ חֵלֶק וְנַחֲלָה אִתְּכֶם

Rejoice before the LORD your God, you, your sons, your daughters, your men-servants, your maid-servants, and the Levite that is within your gates, because he has no portion nor inheritance of his own among you.

In chapter thirteen we are warned against all sorts of distractions. The language is about listening to dreamers of dreams and false prophets – even though one of our most famous Biblical characters was a dreamer of dreams. Perhaps that era is now over.

The language of this chapter is dramatic, powerful, harsh and unforgiving. What are we to make of these passages?


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