Posted by: mosesfromsinai | August 28, 2016

Ri’aih – See

This week’s Torah Reading is Ri’aih – See. It is also the Shabbos Rosh Chodesh Elul, the new month of Elul, a month that we have to examine and look at our deeds we did or did not do for the year that is quickly ending. Soon it will be Rosh Hashona – The New Year and we have to make amends to receive the proper blessings.

In the Torah reading we find an interesting statement in reference to not eating blood. It states “You should do that which is right in the eyes of the Al-mighty.” In reference to eating blood there were 2 basic views: One held that it was delicious and thus we needed to warn you several times to not eat it. The second held that blood was terrible but you chose not to eat it because the Al-mighty commanded you not to eat it and not because it was yuk.

In life we are faced with various challenges, some are very tempting and some are very disgusting. We follow the laws, commandments, because they were given by the Al-mighty, whether they are pleasant or unpleasant. This shows a very strong attachment to the Al-mighty, our willingness to do beyond the rational.

Perhaps this concept is connected to the title of this Torah portion called Ri’aih. When you see the truth clearly, you will do the correct thing, whether it is pleasant or unpleasant. We have to view our obligation to the Al-mighty in this way. Hopefully this will bring about that we will finally see the building of the 3rd Holy Temple and the clarity of all our commandments.


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