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Words of the Parashah - Re'eh

Hebrew Word of the Week

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The Hebrew word of the week is ra'ah (to see, behold), a verb that occurs in over 1,200 verses in the Tanakh.  The imperative (singular) of ra'ah is the keyword of Parashat Re'eh, and occurs as the first word in Deuteronomy 11:26:

Deut 11:26 (BHS)

See, I set before you this day a blessing and a curse (Deut 11:26)

Notice that the keyword re'eh is singular (you see!), whereas the pronoun lifneikhem (before you) is plural. Each person is to personally see that the blessing and the curse will affect klal Yisrael - the entire community of Israel.

"All Israel is responsible for one another."

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Scripture Passages:

Gen 1:4a (BHS)

And God saw that the light was good. (Gen 1:4)

Psalm 128:5 (BHS)

The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life! (
Psalm 128:5)

Psalm 34:8 (BHS)

 O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him. (
Psalm 34:8)

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