Rabbi Marcus – 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.

Comment on this article

Latest from the blog

Kids Kiddush Takeover – 7th July

The children and grandchildren of Central Synagogue are taking over the whole Kiddush and will be deciding what to serve the community on Shabbat 7th July. Concerned? Don’t…

Photo of Rabbi Barry Marcus VideoRabbi Marcus MBE – Chukat

The word Chukat is derived from the word ‘Chok’ which is often unsatisfactorily translated to mean statute. The 613 Mitzvot of the Torah can be divided into 2 groups- MISHPAT…

Knock Knock Play – 27th June

How would you raise your child, if you knew that one day their turn will come to hold a rifle? How is it to grow up in a…

Read more from the blog