Thursday, August 25, 2011

Parshat Re'eh, R'eih, Reeh, er, whatever

"Re'eh, Reeh, R'eih, or Ree (רְאֵהHebrew for "see", the first word in the parshah) . . ."

You can read the (rest of the) basics here.

The quote-hunter strikes again--This one appears in the Amidah prayer of Musaf (Additional Service) for the Shalosh R’galim/Three Pilgrimage Festivals:

טז שָׁלוֹשׁ פְּעָמִים בַּשָּׁנָה יֵרָאֶה כָל-זְכוּרְךָ אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, בַּמָּקוֹם אֲשֶׁר יִבְחָר--בְּחַג הַמַּצּוֹת וּבְחַג הַשָּׁבֻעוֹת, וּבְחַג הַסֻּכּוֹת; וְלֹא יֵרָאֶה אֶת-פְּנֵי יְהוָה, רֵיקָם.

16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose; on the feast of unleavened bread, and on the feast of weeks, and on the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty;

יז אִישׁ, כְּמַתְּנַת יָדוֹ, כְּבִרְכַּת יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר נָתַן-לָךְ. {ס}

17 every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which He hath given thee. {S}

To be honest, getting up 45 minutes earlier than usual in order to commute to my "kaddish minyan" before commuting in the opposite direction to go to work is really wearing me out. I'm too tired to go back and re-read the parshah, which I read yesterday. One of the biggest drawbacks to moving out of our current neighborhood and into a Jewish one, second only to the increase in our housing expense, would be the increase in the length of my commute.


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