Shabbat Re’eh: What Happens When You Look

Parashat Re’eh is named for our ability to see and understand:  רְאֵה, אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם–הַיּוֹם:  בְּרָכָה, וּקְלָלָה – “see, I place before you today blessing and curse.” (Deut. 11.26). Blessing, we are told, follows the choice to comply (literally, “listen”); curse, if we do not. It seems so very simple and direct an expectation: look, and understand; hear,Continue reading “Shabbat Re’eh: What Happens When You Look”

parashat Re’eh: See Your Power to Bless

See, I set before you blessing and curse. (Dev. 11.26) For Maimonides, the opening verse of this week’s parashah means that the choice of blessing and curse are before us. This is the proof of our free will. This question, of the meaning of human existence in a world which is immersed in G-d, has been seenContinue reading “parashat Re’eh: See Your Power to Bless”