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. But what exactly is the opening word ‘see’ doing here - what are we supposed to look at here? The Sforno explains that this is a command that we are to look deep within ourselves and realise that we are not an average people, and that each one of us is not to be merely average. HaShem gives us two extremes - blessing or curse - but being average is not an option.

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