Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Parashat Re’eh, Re-eh, or whatever--5773/2013 thoughts

An Israeli-American fellow/sister congregant insisted that “parashah”( not “parshah”) is the correct Hebrew.

Okay, enough Hebrew lessons--on with the show.

Basics here.

Sorry about the reruns, but I’ve been blogging for almost nine years, and after all that time, repeating myself goes with the turf.  :)

Past posts re this parashah:

Based on absolutely no research whatsoever, but strictly on a hunch and on what little I know about West Asian and European pagan religions, I have a strong suspicion that the prohibition against almost all weddings during Sefirah had less to do with mourning for the victims of a supposed plague among Torah students and more to do with preventing us from participating in spring fertility rituals. And I find it hard to believe that the rabbis didn't put a damper on our fun and games right smack in the middle of summer for a similar reason. Sometimes I think the rabbanim/rabbis had, and have, less faith in our ability to behave ourselves that the Torah did.”

Not to mention the victims of Hurricane Sandy L.
[Includes a link to Mark’s post, "A Song for Katrina," which includes links to his song Aniyah.]
 I can’t figure out why this post turn up when I searched my blog for Re-eh/Re-eh/Reeh (whatever) posts, but the link leads to a real beauty.  Read it and weep, literally.  L

Yep, I receive some of my belated Jewish education from comments such as this one:
Blogger elf's DH said...
. . .
Parhsat re'ei can fall on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh or when Rosh Chodesh is on Sunday.

When it is Rosh Chodesh, you read haftarah for Rosh Chodesh. When it is machar chodesh (as it is this year), you read the regular haftarah (Isa 54:11-55:5). [incidentally, this is an error in Hebcal, if you use that.]

So, how do you make up for the extra haftarah? The haftarah for parshat Ki Teitzeh is Isa. 54:1-54:10. If parshat re'ei came out on Rosh Chodesh, you read Isa. 54:1-55:5 (haftarat Noach), which encompasses the missing haftarah!

Blogger Shira Salamone said...
"If parshat re'ei came out on Rosh Chodesh, you read Isa. 54:1-55:5 (haftarat Noach), which encompasses the missing haftarah!"

Oh, is *that* the method! Thanks for the info, ELF's DH!

For the record, if I'd realized that there was a way to make up for the skipped haftarah at a later point but still before Rosh HaShanah, still during the Seven Weeks of Consolation, I wouldn't have objected to doing Haftarat Rosh Chodesh. Either the student rabbi didn't explain it to me or I didn't yet know enough for his explanation to "register."

. . .

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}

Conservadox has a few thoughts re Parashat Re'eh to share.

Since I've recently found it impossible sometimes, for reasons unknown, to access the "Compose" window from my office computer, I've reverted to the way I used to blog years ago--I now compose my posts in e-mails or Word (between assignments and/or phone calls, of course), send 'em home, and publish from there, er, here.


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