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Parashat Re’eh

Parashat Re’eh

By Rabbi David Cohen See! I present before you today a blessing and a curse. (11:26) Sforno interprets this pasuk to be a reference to the fate of Klal Yisrael's being characterized by extremes. He writes: "Look and perceive that your affairs (as a nation) are not of an average nature, as is the case with other nations. This is because, indeed (in your case), I present before you today a blessing and a curse." These are two extremes, since the blessing represents good fortune beyond that which is adequate, on a level which is exceedingly good. The curse is one which brings about diminishment to such an extent that even a state of sufficiency becomes unattainable: both of these…

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