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Re'eh Torah Portion

Updated: Sep 19, 2019

In this time of haven a Jewish person will peruse closeness to the creator. There is a godly divine part in every one of us, all we need is just to turn our faces to Him, and on this month we receive an inner happiness and awe that brings us closer to G-d.








One of the interesting elements of Re’eh portion is that it is always read on Sabbat when we bless the coming month of Elul, or on the New Moon itself. Elul, the month of divine mercy and forgiveness is dominated by the idea of repentance - Teshuvah - “returning” to G‑d. The month of Elul is an opportunity in time given to us to better ourselves. The known verse of Elul stands for "Ani Ledodi vedodi Li" (I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me) gives us a glimpse into the proper way of working G-d during this time and in general.


In this time of haven a Jewish person will peruse closeness to the creator. There is a godly divine part in every one of us, all we need is just to turn our faces to Him, and on this month we receive an inner happiness and awe that brings us closer to G-d.

Ree'h portion in the beginning of Elul month teaches us, we need to mind or see the possibilities when it comes to the work order – what is the best way to start and make a "return" towards G-d.


We have two optional ways to work G-d, to return to Him and to practice mindfulness of divinity our lives. One optional way is to work G-d from the bottom, from the "I am to my beloved" and the other way is to work G-d from top to bottom, to reach the position on which"my beloved is to me".


Let us go dipper to understand more this idea and the way it manifests itself through this portion. Instead of Re’e the Torah could write listen. What is difference between hearing and seeing. Hearing it is from bottom to top and seeing it is from top to bottom. When a person hear something he start from bottom to top, meaning, he start with hearing a word, and then another word, then a sentence, then a section or a paragraph until at the end he will eventually understand the idea or concept he has been told. So hearing is from the details to the hole – from bottom to top. When a person sees something, first, he gets a glimpse on the full picture enough so that he would be able to clarify a massage in general, but in case a person requested to give more details, he would then need to look at the picture repeatedly, gaining more information each time. Meaning, he will need to starts absorbing the parts that creates the full picture. So when seeing first we see the hole and only later the details – from top to bottom.


The Lubavitcher Rebbe says that we are to be aware in this portion ad in the beginning of Elul month to these two different kinds of direction and movement in the soul. In this portion we are requested to manifest two completely opposite movements - top to bottom and bottom to top. First, Bottom to top – is what that is requested from us in the physical body. And top to bottom is what that is requested from us in the spiritual realms of the soul.


When a Jewish person wants to get closer to G-d - to the divine, he must start from the bottom, from the place where he is at, he must uplift his physical body from matter, to Purify himself, and thus to start climbing his way up from bottom towards the divine. On the other hand, when a Jew works G-d from top, from the soul, the soul is comes from the divine and needs no correction per se… but indeed the whole point is to discover the light of the soul which is usually hidden. So both practices – I am to my beloved and my beloved is to me, are about the work of human towards the divine. I am to my beloved – the physical body, and My beloved is to me – the godly soul.

“The Lubavitcher Rebbe says that we are to be aware in this portion ad in the beginning of Elul month to these two different kinds of direction and movement in the soul.”

Another interesting thing that is related to this is the following idea of Chasidic teachings. In Jewish Chasidic traditional teachings, the entire year is divided to two parts – the months of summer and the months of winter. The month of summer which begin in Nissan (Passover) are related with the first part of the sentence my beloved to me. Meaning, those month related to the discovery that comes from above, from top to bottom. While the month of winter that begin in Tishrei and even before in Elul, relate to the part of the sentence I am to my beloved, relate to the soul movement from bottom to top.


Therefore, when Elul comes and the portion of Re'eh is read, a Jew is to make a calculation in regards to the year that has past, and at the same time, he must prepare himself to the coming year. taking under consideration those two aspects of soul movement. The work of preparation is from bottom to tap but also from Top to bottom.

To find out more about this portion spiritual growth and the needed process enter this weeks lesson.

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