Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11:26 – 16:17)

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In parashat Re’eh, we get back down to the nitty-gritty of Jewish life. Some of the key points this week are the commandment not consuming blood (stated twice for emphasis), to destroy the idols and worship places when entering Canaan, the need to gather 3 times a year (Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot), and to avoid false prophets.

It could be interpreted that the central theme in all of this is doing that which keeps us close as a community and culture, and removing things that would pull us apart and/or away from Judaism.

So, limited only by your creativity and the category of food which you have been assigned, please bring a food which could lead you astray.

Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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