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2/3 September: Parsha Re’eh

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In this week’s Torah portion, God states that He will bless the people of Israel because “you will do what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God” (Devarim 12:28).  The verse specifically refers to action. It does not say that blessings will be given because you think nice thoughts or say nice words.

 

Later in the book of Devarim (28:9), God promises to raise the people of Israel as a holy nation “if you keep the commandments of the Lord your God and walk in His ways.”  Rabbi Hayyim Palachi,  (19th century, Izmir) pointed out that to “walk in His ways” entails positive action. It is not enough to feel empathy for the poor, or to wait for a needy person to come to you to ask for help; rather, you must “walk” and actively pursue opportunities to help others.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Paul Arberman

September 1, 2016