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PARSHAT REEH

Parshat Reeh begins with the  choice  each  of  us  is  given  by Hashem,  to  be  blessed  or  cursed.    "Reeh   Anochi   Nosain Lifnaychem Hayom B'racha U'kelala."   "See,  I  present  before you today a blessing and a curse," Devarim 11:26.

Our sages teach that we have the ability to choose our path in life and, as Malbim explains, the word "Re'eh" - see, indicates that we can clearly see the outcome of that choice. Indeed, people who study the Torah and live by its principles, lead satisfying lives of accomplishment and spiritual growth. They are also blessed by having the privilege of teaching the Torah to others, perhaps, even to their own children. 
 
We all aspire to be happy, healthy, more spiritual and to prioritize our busy lives. But who can find the time? When is the best time to start? 
 
Pirkei Avot 1:14 quotes Hillel saying, "If I am not for me, who will be for me?" This applies to learning Torah and doing Mitzvot, for no one but you can accomplish that for yourself. Hillel continues, "When I am only for myself, what am I?" This can apply  to  the  giving  of  Tzedaka  andacts of kindness, for what good is a person who only takes care of himself. When should you start your self improvement program?  Hillel echoes the first Pasuk of our Parsha when he teaches, "If not now...when?" 
 
Re'eh tells us that the blessing and curse is before us "Hayom" - today! Today is the only day we have. Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery. The gift from Hashem that can change the world is called the present. Indeed, "today" can be viewed as a microcosm of one's entire life. When you string together many good today's, you will realize that your entire life is good. Torah and Mitzvot will give you that good day. 
Devarim 13:1 provides a  powerful  lesson  in  how  to  keep  the message of Torah intact today and  forever. "Lo Sosafe  Alav, V'lo Sigra Mimenu." Do not add to it and do not subtract from it. It is not by coincidence that every Torah scroll on earth is identical; the letters of each Torah match exactly. Our ancestors were very careful to assure that each succeeding generation received the Torah as it was given at Mt. Sinai. It was carefully transmitted from teacher to student as though our lives depended upon it, and in fact, our lives are dependent on Torah today. After all, it is the word of Hashem; everything else is just literature.
 
 
Kol Tov! Our best to you...it's all good.
Shabbat Shalom, CM
 
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Our Torah gem mentioned the prohibition of adding to or subtracting from the five books of the Torah, Devarim 13:1. In the very next verse, 13:2 we learn about how to react to a false prophet. Why do you suppose these verses are near each other? 
 
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