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Re'eh Question 1

Weekly Parsha Questions

Re'eh Question 1

Yechiel Shaffer

At the start of our Parsha, Moshe instructs the Jewish people as follows:

דברים ראה פרק יא

כו) ראה אנכי נתן לפניכם היום ברכה וקללה

26. See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse.

Why would the Torah use the language of sight (Re’eh) when Moshe presents them with non-tangible items of blessings and curses?

The Ohr HaChaim suggests that Moshe is encouraging the Jewish people to look at him as the example of someone who has seen both Bracha and Klala. He strongly advises that they chose their direction carefully because he has seen all there is to see and understands the advantages of living a spiritual existence. What in Moshe’s experiences address his ability to relate to the benefits of living for the world to come vs. the physical world? What struggles has Moshe overcome that relate to the future struggles of settling the land of Israel?