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Aleph Beta: Re'eh: Jewish Slavery

Re'eh(Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17)

In this week's parsha, we are given the commandments related to an a Jewish slave. Rabbi Fohrman points out oddities in the text - we give the slave gifts? If he wants to stay, we pierce his ear? - and shows us that the Torah is reminding us of our own national slavery in Egypt.

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Visitor Comments: 1

(1) Simcha, August 20, 2014 10:47 PM

Not as much bling, but more practical

It seems to me that the "gifts" the B'nai Israel received from the Egyptians were something of a mixed bag. Some of the gold and silver were used for the Miskon but some of the gold was used in the golden calf if I understand the story correctly.

Seems the gifts of sheep, flour and wine are much more practical and can be used to earn a living. And maybe that's what HaShem wants, to give the former indentured servant a way to remain free.

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