Parashat Re'eh / Revolutionary Road

Moses’ address to the nation in Deuteronomy is transformed from a demand to walk the path of righteousness to a lecture on the gap between revealed reality and its hidden meaning.

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Deuteronomy’s straightforward principle of reward and punishment is presented to the Children of Israel at the beginning of this week’s Torah portion, Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26-16:17), in binary fashion:...