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Torah Portion Reeh Deuteronomy 11:26 16:17

Reeh is Hebrew for See. Here is the title within context (Deu 11:26): See, I am giving before you today a blessing and a curse.

Summary: Moses continues his second of three discourses that comprise the Book of Deuteronomy. Moses explains what will engender G-ds blessings and curses, as symbolized by Mt. Gerizim (the blessings mountain) and Mt. Ebal (the curses mountain). By following G-ds statutes and judgments in the Promised Land, the Children of Israel will receive the blessings. The list of laws follow: destroy the cult places and their sacrificial altars and idols; create a centralized worship site for YHVH; eat meat, but do not consume blood; YHVH will drive out the other nations from the Promised Land, but we are not to follow their practices for example, they do child sacrifice. Be on guard for false prophets, particular ones who tell us to follow other gods they will be executed; even family members who try to seduce us to follow other gods will be executed; if an entire town follows other gods, they and all their longings are to be destroyed by the sword. No cutting of flesh as a sign of mourning; observe the rules of Kosher; tithing of agricultural produce (including animals) is required, however if it is too far to bring the produce to the centralized worship space, then a tax can be paid instead. The Levite, the stranger, the widow, and the orphan can partake of the tithing in the centralized worship place. Every seven years, the land and debt are released. There will be no needy in the Promised Land as long as we follow G-ds laws. Hebrew slaves are released in the seventh year, however a Hebrew slave can choose not to be released. The three pilgrimage festivals are re-enumerated: Passover, The Feast of Weeks (Shavuoth), and he Feast of Tabernacles (Succoth).