In Loving Memory of our Dear Parents

Benjamin Assa & Rebeca Assa z"L

Parasha Ree

This Parasha begins as Moshe explains that a Jew brings blessings upon himself by fulfilling Hashem´s will and incurs a curse for a transgression, thereby exercising the “free will” Hashem gave each one of us.

Then Moshe warns The People against 3 transgressions:

1. When a false prophet predicts without Divine inspiration.

2. When a person incites another into idol worship.

3. When a nation practices idolatry. 

Moshe continues reminding The People that we are children of Hashem, and that we should take care of our body, without

disfiguring ourselves and by consuming forbidden foods.

The Kosher animals are mentioned, as well as the laws of “Shechita” and the mitzva of not “mixing meat and milk.”

Then the laws of “Maaser” (to set aside your tithe) are mentioned. And every three years you should settle your outstanding Maaser debts.

The Parasha continues mentioning the mitzva of Shemitta (Sabbatical year) in which all debts due to a loan expire.

“If there will be among you a needy person, from one of your brothers in one of your cities... you shall not harden your heart, and you shall not close your hand from your needy brother. Rather, open, open your hand to him, and you shall lend him sufficient for his needs, which he is lacking...

You shall surely give him, and your heart shall not be grieved when you give to him; for because of this thing Hashem will bless you in all your work and in all your endeavors.”

The Mitzvot to provide for his Hebrew Slave and the offerings of first born animals (which were offered to the Kohen).

The Parasha concludes with the laws regarding the festivities of Pesach, Shavuot and Succot, in which each male needed to bring his sacrifice to the Beit Hamikdash.

Both men and women are commanded by the Torah to be in happy spirits on all the yamim tovim.


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