This week’s parsha is Re ‘eh, translated from Hebrew as “see”, covering Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17. In this parsha, Moses explains the following laws to be obeyed to gain blessings instead of curses: the rule of kashrut (kosherness), tithing, the treatment of Hebrew slaves, the Sabbatical Year (Shmita), the redemption of firstborn male animals, and the Three Pilgrim Festivals (Shalosh Regalim) of Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot. Not all of what Moses said was peaceful however, as he also instructed the Israelites to stone to death relatives that worshipped other gods and explained that in situations where a “scoundrel” that was accused of leading the residents of another town astray an investigation must be completed and in the case of a guilty verdict, the Israelites were to attack and kill all the inhabitants (both genders), the cattle, and to burn the town to the ground. Serious stuff.
The Sefer ha Chunich found there to be 17 positive and 38 negative commandments contained in Re ‘eh.
Candle lighting times for South Whidbey Island: on Friday candles should be lit at 8:46 pm with havdalah on Saturday at 9:32 pm.
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Animated short: http://www.g-dcast.com/reeh
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