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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Re'eh 2016

Re’eh: What You See Depends on How You Are

This week’s reading, Re’eh (See), opens with a dire warning:  See, I set before you today a blessing and a curse. The blessing, if you keep the mitzvot of YHVH, your God…and the curse, if you do not keep the mitzvot of YHVH your God. (Deuteronomy 11:26-28) The most literal translation of the Hebrew word mitzvot (singular: mitzvah) is “commandments”. However, as […]

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Rabbi Naomi Hyman | Re'eh

Re’eh: Seeing the Sacred

This week’s Torah portion takes its name from the first word, re’eh/see. It is also an apt description of its content. Here, on the cusp of entering the Promised Land, the Children of Israel are given instructions for manifesting the sacred vision with which they have been entrusted. The Israelites are shown that the future can hold either […]

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