Posted by: mosesfromsinai | July 28, 2013

Ri’aih – See

This week’s Torah Reading is Ri’aih – See. We also bless the New Month of Elul. Elul is the month that we review all our actions of the past year and prepare for Rosh Hashona – The New Year. The Torah Reading also has a repeat of the Kosher laws. A reminder to examine what we may and may not eat.

It is interesting to note that a person that is blind is exempt from performing commandments. Thus seeing plays a fundamental role in Judaism.

On the other side of the coin, so to speak, we find that the lack of vision contributed to a positive event. Yakov, our forefather, received the blessings from Yitzchak because Yitzchak was not able to see that it was Yakov standing before him to receive the blessings rather than his eldest son Aisav. Perhaps the lesson here may be that when it comes to negative things, Aisav, one needs to turn a blind eye, so to speak, and avoid involvement.

The Torah Reading also contains a reminder of the blessings we will receive by fulfilling the Al-mighty’s will and seeing that we do the right thing. Let us hope and pray that indeed our eyes will soon see the 3rd Temple in all its glory restored in Jerusalem.

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