Flowers Of Israel

August 27th 2011

* RE'EH *



Kashrut reminds us again and again
 that Jewish spirituality is inseparable
 from the physical.

By Rabbi Ruth H Sohn

Many people think the biblical prohibition against certain foods was for health reasons, but the reasoning in this week's Torah portion is less about health and more about holiness 
eat' the common expression goes. I sometimes think of this saying in relation to kashrut (that is, keeping kosher). What do the choices that we make about what we eat reveal about who we really are? Many Jews today view kashrut as an outdated vestige of ancient Israelite practice, expanded upon by rabbinic Judaism, bur no longer relevant to modern day life. However, the presentation of the prohibitions associated with kashrut in Parashat R'eih challenges us to consider anew the purposes of kashrut.


Wikipedia / The division of animals into

 kosher and non-kosher is mainly about

whether they can be eaten / Picture

Moses instructs the Israelites regarding

 idolatry, false prophets, clean and unclean

 foods, tithes, freeing slaves, and the

 pilgrimage festivals.

In his last speech to the Israelites, Moses warns them, "If you follow God's laws, you will be blessed more than all the peoples of the earth. However, if you worship false idols and ignore the other commandments, then you shall be cursed and perish.
"These are the statutes which you are to
 carry out. You shall utterly destroy the
places where the nations, whose property
you are taking over, served other gods. You
 shall destroy their altars, break up their
memorial stones, burn down their sacred
trees, cut down the images of their gods
, and you shall


Parashat * RE'EH *

Parshat Re'eh: A Music Video Based on Moses's Words to the Israelites

God promises to rebuild 

and restore Zion
The haftarah selection is

 from Isaiah 54:11-55:5
In the seven weeks after Tisha B'Av we read a series of haftarot from the book of Isaiah that focus on themes of consolation. These haftarot are meant to comfort a nation that has just mourned for the destruction of its most sacred space and the exile from its homeland. 

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