49 Re'eh

רְאֵה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן לִפְנֵיכֶם הַיּוֹם בְּרָכָה וּקְלָלָה׃

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

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

Aug. 31 2024

Re’eh

Behold”

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.” These haftarot were not chosen due to their relationship to the weekly parasha; rather, for their relationship to the time period. They are a motif of consolation and comfort, with beautiful promise of a society established on righteousness, and consequently free of oppression and fear and safe from ruin.
This week we read the third haftarah of consolation and comfort contains a beautiful promise of a society established on righteousness, and consequently free of oppression and fear and safe from ruin. Also this Parasha represents an uncompromising devotion to God. Is a commitment is transferred through belief and through an expressive loyalty to God’s commandments service which is in Hebrew means avoda. In Deuteronomy, avodah referred to offering sacrifices to God at a central place of worship, and the service of the Levites to the Temple and the people. We are repeatedly told not to serve other gods but rather remain steadfast in our service to God
The Shmitah command, "Every seventh year you shall practice a remission of debts" (Deut. 15:1). This commandment is close both in outward structure and in inner essence to the commandment of the Sabbath: just as the Sabbath comes after six days of work, so too, 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.