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Posted: Wednesday, August 16, 2017 7:53 am

Parshot Re’eh, Deuteronomy 11:26–16:17

This week’s Torah portion — Parshot Re’eh — opens with the line: “See! I present before you today a blessing and a curse.” Re’eh – See! What does it take to be able to see God in the world, to see moral truth, to see the earthly blessings afforded to us? It is a challenge to see because we have so many blind spots, so many inhibitions. Philosophers understood wisdom through the metaphor of sight: to have “vision” and “clarity” is to grasp the meaning of our existence. The ability to see can, itself, be one of the greatest blessings of the human condition.

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