Re'eh

The blessing omission

The opening three psukim of the sedra tell us that should we listen to HaShem we will get bracha, and should we ignore HaShem’s word then we will get klala (curse). But the Torah does not then go on to tell us what these blessings and curses are. Why, and…

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Seeing is (self) believing

The opening pasuk of the sedra of Re’eh reads ‘see I am placing before you blessing and curse,’ and goes on to explain that the blessings will vest themselves upon us should we follow HaShem’s path, whilst the curses will find shelter amongst us if we veer off this path.…

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Make the poor man rich!

"Aser T'Aser" The Gemara in Taanis learns from this pasuk "Aser Bishvil ShtisAsher" - give Maaser in order that you should become wealthy. The Vilna Gaon says, it is for this reason that the Trop on the word, "T'Aser" is a Zakaif Katon - meaning - the Katon (the poor man) will be Zakaif - stand tall and become wealthy through his Maaser.

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Bein adam lechaveiro on His terms

In our sedra, Moshe warns the people ‘You shall go in the ways of HaShem your G-D’ (13;5), regarding which the gemarra (Sotah 14a) asks ‘is it possible to go after the Shechinah, which is referred to as a consuming fire ?’

Rather, says the gemarra, Moshe is telling the…

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Why don't you need to give all your money to tzedaka?

Our sedra is special in that it kicks off Moshe Rabeinu’s main repetition of the mitzvos . Not all the miztvos are repeated, however; the ones appertaining to the kohannim/sacrifices are not repeated, for we have a principal that ‘kohannim are meticulous in their specific commandments’ (kohannim zerizim heim) and…

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Two short vorts

1) The pasuk tells us (15;8) to 'open our hands' to give tzedakah. I heard quoted on a Rabbi Krohn tape the following cute understanding. When your hand is closed and fingers pointed to wards you, all the fingers look the same size. But when you open your hand, you…

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No tattoos here, and no factions either!

The gemarra (yevamos 13b) learns from the commandment not to make tattoos on one's body in mourning ('lo tisgodedu,' 14;1) a prohibition of making factions amongst klal yisrael. A common application of this is on chol hamoed in Israel. The minhag in Israel is not to wear tefillin on chol…

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