Re’eh

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Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17
In this Portion, Re’eh (“See”) Moses says to the people of Israel, “I place before you today a blessing and a curse”—the blessing that will only come when they obey God’s commandments; and the curse if they disobey them. These should be announced from Mount Gerizim and Mount Ebal once the Children of Israel cross over into the Holy Land.

The Temple is to be established only in “the place that God will choose to make dwell His name there”.  Only there can the people bring their sacrifices to Him; it is forbidden to make offerings to God in any other place. It is permitted to slaughter animals elsewhere, not as a sacrifice but to eat their meat; the blood (which in the Temple is poured upon the altar) must not be eaten, for “the life is in the blood” .

A false prophet, or a family member, or anyone who entices others to worship idols is to be put to death; an idolatrous city must be destroyed. The identifying signs for kosher animals and fish, and the list of non-kosher birds are repeated.

One tenth of all produce is to be eaten in Jerusalem or exchanged for money with which food is purchased and eaten there.  In the 3rd & 6th years this tithe is given to the poor instead. Firstborn cattle and sheep are to be offered in the Temple and their meat eaten by the priests.

In the Sabbatical year (every 7th year) all loans are to be forgiven and all indentured servants are to be set free after six years of service.

The Portion concludes with the laws of the three pilgrimage festivals (Shloshim Reglim)—Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot—when all should go up to Jerusalem to present their firstfruits offerings and to “see and be seen” before God in the Holy Temple.

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