|Week of August 9, 2009 Shabbat Re'Eh Av 25, 5769
This week the name of the Parasha, starts with its first word which is ראה. This word means "SEE". It does not change the meaning of the sentence and the Torah could have been written without this word (Chas V'Shalom). So what does it teach us? What are we to SEE?
This word RE'eh is one of the 72 three letter Names of God. One of the few that is a meaningful Hebrew word. Therefore there must be something in this word!
There are 126 Verses in this Parasha and the code word is פליאה Ple'ah. This word means Wonders.
So what is in this Parasha? There are the words Blessing and Curse in the singular in the first verse.There is the instruction to only do Avodah where HaShem appoints.There is the warning about the false prophets. There is the wayward city that has never occurred in History. There is the famous verse which is corruptedly translated as "chosen or treasured" people - you know the verse - the verse with the phrase Am Segulah. A few verses reitierating the Permitted and Forbidden foods. The remission of Loans. To give Tzedakah openheartedly. The famous phrase "do what is good in your eyes" but not yet.
Lets look at the Blessing and the Curse in the first section in more detail. It is describing a ritual that was done when the Nation first went into the Land. The blessing was said towards Har Gerizim and the curse towards Har Ebal. Both of these are mountains around the city of Schem where Joseph HaTzadik is buried. Yet this ritual was done 1 time in History, yet the Torah applies to us today. Lets look at these Names to see what it is telling us. Gerizim spelled Gimel Resh Zion Yood Mem can be understood as "cut down" a Sea. Sea is a code word for Torah. So we can understand the message to us today. Do not cut down the Torah and you will be Blessed.
For the record, the Blessing and the Curse on Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal still manifest in our lives today. Just look at that side of the hill in the area of Schem and realize how HASHEM speaks to us even today 3500 years later.
There is another way to decode this word Gerizim. Ger is a stranger or a convert. Zion is the #7 which represents manifestation. Yood Mem is Sea. This word means Manifest Torah to the stranger.
Lets take a look at the other side of these words; EBAL spelled Ayin Yood Bel Lamed. On its surface, this word has no meaning besides the name. Yet Yood Bet Lamed means to celebrate the Jubilee that 50 year cycle described in the parasha of Behar. This same Shoresh means to weed in Hebrew.
So what is the meaning of these words and what is the meaning of Blessing and Curse in my life today and what does "See" actually relate to.
The message for me is the following:
Torah is taught in order to be lived. To live means to unify the general and specific actions of our lives. There should not be a difference in the way we treat important people and homeless people.
We receive a Blessing when we treat the stranger - Homeless person or the non Jew or the person i don't truly know with the truth of the Living Torah. We receive the Curse when we forget to weed ourselves of false character traits. Those parts of our actions that we do without thinking of the Stranger, the Homeless, or the Non Jew.
We live in exile today. The Blessing and Curse come upon us when we live in the Land. Yet as RAshi tells us about Tefillin. We do not put Tefillin on ourselves when we are in exile. With consciousness we can bring ourselves to be in the Land.
This is what we are to SEE.
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