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Beit Midrash Torah Portion and Tanach Re'e

Parsha Summary: Re’eh

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Moshe presents to the nation the blessing of a spiritually-oriented life as well as the curse of being disconnected from Hashem. When the nation enters Eretz Yisrael they must destroy all idolatrous statues, trees and places. G-d will choose one place for the Divine Presence to dwell. Offerings may be brought only there; not to a private altar.

He warns the nation against copying ways of the other nations. The Torah is complete and perfect, nothing may be added or subtracted from it.

If a prophet" tells the people to violate the Torah, he is to be put to death, as is one who entices others to worship idols. A city of idolatry must be razed. It is prohibited to engage in excessive mourning, such as cutting the skin or making a bald spot. The signs of
kosher food and the prohibition of eating blood or cooking meat & milk are given. We are instructed to always be open-hearted.

A Jewish bondsman is released after 6 years and sent away with generous provisions. If he refuses to leave, his ear is pierced with an awl at the door post and he remains indentured until Yovel. The Parsha ends by detailing Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.
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