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Parshas Re’eh: Daring to Choose

This week’s Parsha begins with a slightly enigmatic set of Pesukim. In preparing Bnei Yisrael to enter Eretz Yisrael, Moshe warns them, “Re’eh anochi nosein lifneichem hayom bracha u’klalah,” see I am placing before you blessings and curses, “es ha’bracha asher tishmi’u el mitzvos Hashem…V’Ha’klalah im lo tishmi’u el mitzvos Hashem,” - if you follow the Mitzvos, you will be blessed, and if you fail to adhere to the Mitzvos, you will be cursed (11:26-28).

The Sforno (11:26) explains that Moshe is telling Bnei Yisrael that whether they receive blessings or curses is their choice to make. If they follow the Mitzvos, they will be blessed with