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Weekly Message 08.06.2021 Parashat Re'eh

Parashat Re'eh (see) Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17

HafTorah Isaiah 54:11-55:5, Samuel I 20:18 & 20"42



An artist's impression of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. Some see the centralization of Jewish worship in Jerusalem as the intention of Deuteronomy 12.


Dear Friends,

This is the 3rd of the 7 Haftarot of Consolation following Tish ah'Be'av

Moses instructs the Israelites regarding idolatry, false prophets, clean and unclean foods, tithes, freeing slaves, and the pilgrimage festivals.


Parashat Re’eh finds the people continuing to listen as Moses delivers his farewell speech, a talk that some commentators say lasted for 36 days. In a seemingly unending and repetitive speech, Moses tells the people the story of how they arrived at this moment, including (among other things) the sin of the spies, the 40 years of wandering in the desert that followed, the revelation at Sinai and the sin of the golden calf.


One could say this speech was the original filibuster. Moses was pushing off the moment of truth, when the people would enter the promised land without him, and he may have been hoping that if he talked long enough he might change his fate. For anyone who has ever had to leave a party before they wanted to, with a partner standing near the door itching to go home, you can understand the pressure of needing to go but desperately wanting to stay.


It’s certainly not surprising that as the critical moment approaches, Moses chooses to harken back to the glory days. But why tell stories that most of those assembled already know? After all, experiencing revelation at Sinai and seeing Moses break the tablets in anger over the golden calf are not things that are liable to be forgotten. And if this is indeed Moses’ final farewell, why harp on the negative experiences too? When we say goodbye, most people like to remember the good times.


Best wishes until we meet again whether on Zoom or in person, Friday 7:30 pm and Saturday 9"30 am.


Respectfully submitted your Temple President,

Eileen M Hochstadt

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FRIDAY'


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Topic: Shabbat Service

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SATURDAY:


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Topic: Saturday Morning Service

Time: Aug 7, 2021 09:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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