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Category: Re’eh

Friends, Romans, Countrymen: Lend Me Your Money

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on September 26, 2016

If asked which mitzvah obligates us to help the poor, we would immediately respond, “The mitzvah of tzedakah.” There’s only one problem: no such mitzvah exists in the Torah. Nowhere in the Torah does it say that if a poor person asks us for money, we must give it to him. But wait, you say, Continue Reading »

Adding and Subtracting From the Torah: The Rabbi’s Role in the Legal Process

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted on May 25, 2016

The portion of Re’eh gives us a curious mitzvah. It tells us not to add or subtract to the commandments (Deuteronomy 13:1). This seems to go against the idea of the ongoing development of Jewish law on the part of the rabbis (See Deuteronomy 17:8-13). Consider, for example, one of the dietary laws. The Torah states Continue Reading »

When Does Less Become More?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 12, 2015

Twice in the book of Devarim, Moshe warns the people to keep the totality of the Torah, not adding to or detracting from it. In Parashat Re’eh we read, “Whatsoever I command you, that thing you shall observe to do; you shall not add to it, nor diminish from it” (13:1), echoing a parallel prohibition Continue Reading »

Every Person Doing What is Right in His Eyes

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on August 17, 2012

As Moshe prepares the Children of Israel to enter into the Land, he exhorts them not just to live up to individual responsibilities, but to live up to their communal ones, first and foremost.  They are going to enter a new land, and they must turn it into a country. They must build the institutions, Continue Reading »