Parshat Re’eh

This week’s parasha is Parashat Re’eh 📖

The parasha opens with Moshe speaking to Bnei Yisrael. He’s telling them to “See” that placed before them there are two potential paths to choose in life. The Midrash on this is beautiful. It explains how Moshe was crying out to the Jewish people to “See me”, to see himself! But we all know Moshe has the utmost humility, so how could he say “Re’eh anochi”, see me?

Our sages explain that when Moshe was saying to look at him, Moshe was urging Am Yisrael to be like him. He had struggles, challenges, temptations, but he was able to overcome those urges. He wants the Jewish people to look at what he has accomplished. If he could overcome trials they too should choose his path and overcome the trials facing them.

Hashem makes it clear through Moshe in this parasha. He tells the people, see! That there are only two options, not a third.

We each have to choose our own direction in life. We can either choose to be showered with blessings or with curses. There is no in-between! We can pick the path of achieving greatness, a closeness with Hashem or we can choose to ignore His ways and that is when the curses come.

We need to work on ourselves and constantly develop our connection with Hakadosh Baruch Hu by doing the spiritual service He asks of us.

That’s what it means to be a Yid. There is no average, we are exceptional, and we each have the power to rise above challenges which stand before us and soar to great heights and try and be the best that we can be.

✨ *Shabbat Shalom* ✨