פרשת ראה – August 14-15, 2020

August 14, 2020

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Times listed are for the Greater Washington D.C. Area.

Candle lighting:         7:45 pm
Shabbat ends:           8:45 pm

Reminder: Rosh Chodesh Elul is Thursday-Friday. We begin blowing the Shofar on Friday to remind us that Rosh Hashanah is approaching.


Family Learning

Questions from this week’s Parsha:

  1. Why did משה use the word ראה when introducing the blessings and curses? (מלב”ם יא:כו)
  2. What mountains should the blessings and curses be given on? (יב:כט)
  3. Once conquering ארץ ישראל where is the only place that קרבנות should be sacrificed? (12:8-14)
  4. What will happen if בני ישראל safeguard the תורה that we have been given? (יב:כח)
  5. Why must the בני ישראל remove all of the nations of כנען from our homeland? (יב:כט-לא )
  6. What are the signs of a false prophet? (יג:ב-ו )
  7. What does it mean for בני ישראל to be a holy nation to Hashem? (יג:א-ב)
  8. What types of foods can be eaten? (יד:ג-כא)

Bonus Questions:

  1. What are the שלש רגלים? How and where should we celebrate them?
  2. What was buried on הר גרזים many years ago?
  3. Can you name a false prophet from Jewish history?

Discussion Question:

This week’s Parsha begins by telling us “See, I am setting before you on this day, blessings and curses.” The word see, written Re’eh, is in singular while the word you, written lifneichem, is in plural.  The Torah is meticulous and consistent yet in this Pasuk the Torah switches from singular to plural. Why does the Torah switch its tenses?  An additional problem with this Pasuk, is that the word see (Re’eh) should not even be here. After all we all received the Torah and knew that we had it. Why use this word at all? 

Additional FUN resources on the Parsha including videos, coloring sheets and much more!


This Week’s Comic

Every week, we will be sending a Parsha comic from cartoonist, Andrew Galitzer. If you would like to sponsor a future comic for $18, Andrew will donate half to Berman Hebrew Academy. Please let us know.

You can print the coloring sheet and fill in Andrew’s comic, or you can add your own words!