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Parashat R'eih (August 15, 2015)
by Rabbi Rena Y. Rifkin

THERE ARE PLENTY OF PARTS of our sacred text that we struggle with: Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice and near-sacrifice of his son; Moses rebuking an insecure Hebrew people after they escape from Egypt; and moments where God doles out a punitive punishment. However, this one line of text in R’eih feels somehow more frustrating and significantly worse. How can we continue to do the good work of tzedakah when the text tells us outright that our actions will not change the future?


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