by Alan Winfield - August 14, 2015
Imagine, if you will, the scene: Moses, standing in the plains of Moab, addressing about 600,000 Israelites, and their families. (Exodus 12:37). After a 40 year sojourn across the desert, he is going to lead them into the Promised Land. The entire book of Deuteronomy (which, in Greek, means the second telling of the law) purportedly consists of a series of three dissertations by Moses, given before the conquest of Canaan.
Tonight’s Parsha, Re’eh, is the longest portion of this discourse and instructs us of many of the rules by which we live, laying out several of the principles dictating how we should behave. It includes rules of the sanctuary, kashrut, laws of mourning, and several others. But for me the most significant part of the Parsha is its preamble, “Look, this day I bring before you blessing and curse; blessing if you obey the commandments of the Lord…….and curse if you…….turn away from the path that I enjoin upon you.” Look, I give you a life full of possibilities. Pay attention to them. All choices matter. Every single decision you make, even if seemingly inconsequential, can be a blessing or a curse.
Read more: Drash for Re'eh 5775