HARAV * KOOK *
* Torah institute *
* RE'EH *
7th century B.C.E. alabaster Phoenician
figure probably of the Canaanite
goddess Astarte, now at the
* TORAH *
* RE'EH *
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 obliterate their gods from that place.
TODAY IN JEWISH HISTORY
1903 August 23 - 28,
SIXTH ZIONIST CONGRESS
Herzl proposed using territory offered
by Britain, specifically Uganda, as a
temporary shelter for Jews fleeing Eastern
Europe and Russia. The Russian delegates,
after a riotous debate, walked out and
refused to return for the next congress
unless the plan was dropped.
* HAFTARAH * for * RE'EH *
God promises to rebuild
and restore Zion.
The haftarah selection is from
In the seven weeks after
Tisha B'Av we read a series
of haftarot from the book of
Isaiah that focus on themes
a reconstruction of Solomon’s Temple in Jerusalem,
the site that God would choose as God’s habitation,
within the meaning of Deuteronomy 12
שבוע טוב ומבורך
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