49 Re'eh

רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה׃

“Behold, I set before you today a blessing and a curse:





Brit Chadasha

August 27 2022


Deut. 11:26-16:17

Isaiah 54:11-55:5

1Cor. 5:9-13

1John 4:1-6


This week’s haftara is the third in the set of seven haftarot before the High Holidays, known as the “Seven of Consolation” and contains a promise of a society established on righteousness, and consequently free of oppression and fear and safe from ruin.
The Shmitah command, "Every seventh year you shall practice a remission of debts" (Deut. 15:1). After six years of plowing the soil on the 7th Shabbat year is the shmitah, the sabbatical year. It’s a time of freedom and release of all debts, labor and slaves. The word of God tells us that God will provide the year before with enough provision so the land can rest.

Demonstrating uncompromising devotion to God is the theme of this week's Parasha. Such devotion is expressed through belief, but more importantly, through meaningful service to God. For the Israelite, service to God meant loyalty to God's commandments. Service to God referred specifically to offering sacrifices to God at a central place of worship: Deut. 12:5-6 rather you are to seek only the place Adonai your God chooses from all your tribes to put His Name to dwell—there you will come. 6 There you are to bring your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes, the offering of your hand, your vow and freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.

While fixed prayer is important and central to who we are as Believers, it is only meaningful when it is ignited by the passion of the Holy Spirit, a prayer of the heart which serves as the unique signature to Us, because each one of us serves God in our own special way…