Please join our family in reading in this week’s Parashah Re’eh, which means See. The themes of this week’s Parashah are blessings, curses, sorrow and joy.
- Torah: Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
- Prophets: Isaiah 54:11-16:17
- B’rit Chadashah (New Covenant): Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospels) John 16:1-17:26 and Iggerot (Letters) 1 John 4:1-6
Parashah in a Nutshell: This week’s Parashah starts with Moses telling the Children of Israel, “See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse”. The blessing that will come when they fulfill G‑d’s commandments, and the curse if they abandon them. These should be proclaimed on Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal when the people cross over into the Holy Land. The Parashah goes on to explain that a temple should be established in “the place that G‑d will choose to make dwell His name there,” where the people should bring their sacrifices to Him. It is forbidden to make offerings to G‑d in any other place. Moses goes onto tell them that a false prophet, or one who entices others to worship idols, should be put to death. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds are repeated. A tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem, or else exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there. In certain years this tithe is given to the poor instead. The firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple, and their meat eaten by the kohanim (priests). The mitzvah (commandment to of charity obligates a Jew to aid a needy fellow with a gift or loan. On the Sabbatical year (occurring every seventh year), all loans are to be forgiven. All indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service. The Parashah concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals—Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go to “see and be seen” before G‑d in the Holy Temple.
The Besort HaGe’ulah (Gospel) reading Yeshua continues his warning to the disciples about what will happen when he goes to the Father. He comforts them by letting them know he will send the Helper, the Holy Spirit. He further tells the disciples that their sorrow over Him leaving will turn into joy. He tells him that he has overcome world and that they can have peace in him. Chapter 17 is Yeshua’s High Priestly Prayer to the Father. The Iggerot (Letters) reading John tells us to test the spirits to see if they are from G-d. We must discern the difference between the Spirit of truth and the spirit of error or delusion.
Study Helps and Projects
- Parashah in a Nutshell Video
- Adult Study Outline
- Children’s Study Outline
- Good Intentions Teaching by D.T. Lancaster (Beth Immanuel)
- Children’s Worksheet
- Video for Children for the Parashah from Torah Tots
- Craft: That All May Be One Coloring Sheet