Tag: Re’eh

Gratefulness!

This week’s Parsha is replete with laws and instructions as to how we are to deal with our charitable giving and with helping those in need. I had once read a humorous but poignant quote from a leader of a large Jewish organization who helped many individuals and institutions over time. “When I help someone …

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Certificate!

The Torah forbids us from adding or subtracting from the Mitzvos of the Torah. We all understand what subtracting from the Mitzvos of the Torah is. However, adding Mitzvos it is even forbidden when adding within the Mitzva itself. For example: placing two Mezzuza parchments on the same door post; adding a fifth compartment to …

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Opportunities!

The opportunity to share some good news amidst the current crisis is most welcome. My father, who was hospitalized for over three months while on a respirator battling Covid, has thank G-d made a miraculous recovery and is currently in a rehab with the prospect of returning home in the near future. Thank G-d! There …

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Don’t Say it Again!

During the times when Israel was governed by Jewish leaders and kings and when the dictates of the Sanhedrin – Halachic High court ― were enforced, if a Jew was caught stealing and had no means to repay, the court had him sold as a Hebrew slave to a Jewish owner. With the proceeds of …

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Temple!

In this week’s Parsha, Moshe prophetically tells the Jewish people that they would miraculously cross the Jordan River into the land of Israel and immediately be ushered to the City of Shechem. They would stand on two mountains, Har Grizim and Har Aival where they would accept and recommit themselves to the Torah in the …

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Expression of Grief

(Torah Portion Re’eh) Expression of Grief The Torah prohibits certain expressions of mourning such as making a cut in one’s body as a sign of mourning, as it says, “You are children of G-d, do not cut yourselves, nor tear out the hair between your eyes over a death.” Yet in contrast, there is a …

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The Day of Freedom!

(Torah Portion Re’eh) The Day of Freedom! Elul is the month when we prepare ourselves for the Day of Judgment – Rosh Hashana. As we usher in this month it is inevitable that some of the holiday prayers and tunes run through our minds. After we blow the Shofar during the repetition of the Amida …

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Food for Thought

(Torah Portion Re’eh) Food for Thought Last week, a non Jewish employee at a health facility that I visit, stopped me and related the following: “I was out food shopping the other day with my young daughter and she asked me why Jewish people eat Kosher? I didn’t know what to answer. I wish I …

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Selective Vision!!

(Torah Portion Re’eh) Selective Vision!! This week’s Parsha begins with the word Re’eh, which means “See”. Moshe tells the Jewish people, “See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing is when you listen to G-d’s commandments; and the curse is when you do not follow the dictates of the Almighty.” …

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Positive Attitude!

(Torah Portion Re’eh) Positive Attitude!  Dr. George Crane, a psychologist and syndicated columnist, related a story about a woman who sought his advice concerning her tremendous hatred toward her husband. “Our marriage is over. But before we divorce, I want to make him suffer like he made me suffer all these years.” Dr. Crane suggested …

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