Today’s Torah reading is the second of three sidrot that inform us of the life and experiences of our forefather Avraham.
Rabbi Marcus MBE – Re’eh
Re’eh is a continuation of Moshe’s farewell address to the children of Israel. Parts of the Sidra will be familiar as they form the basis for the Torah reading on Pesach, Shavuot and Succot.
The Sidra begins with Moshe affirming the principle of ‘free choice’, informing us that we have freedom of choice as to what path we choose, each with its own consequence. Loyalty and devotion to Torah will bring blessing, disloyalty a curse. Moshe urges the people to make the correct choice and ‘hearken unto the Commandments of the Lord your G-d’. (Chap 11 v,26).
A wide range of subjects is mentioned in the Sidra including the injunction to rid the land of Israel of idol worship, the need to build a central Mishkan (Sanctuary), the imperative to guard against false prophets, to observe the dietary laws, the commandment to give tithes to the Levites and poor, to observe the Sabbatical year, to give loans and to generally care for the poor and less fortunate amongst us.