See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse.

A Human nature is such that when things aren’t going well, when one encounters difficulties in life, he cries out to Hashem for a yeshu’ah (salvation). On the other hand when HaKodosh Boruch Hu sends him an abundance of material wealth in Olam Hazeh a person blindly doesn’t realize that He is the One Who sent it to him. He presumes that, “My strength and the might of my hand made me all this wealth” (Devorim 8:17). “See, I”–Hashem shows a person the truth. He helps him realize that everything, both the berochoh and the keloloh, is from Him. “I”–Hashem awards a person material wealth, and a person must turn to Him not only when he suffers, and when one benefits from this world one must offer thanks to Him.

[Or HaTorah]



See, I present before you today a blessing and a curse.

The reward for mitzvohs is reserved for the world to come. Why is this so? The Torah itself mandates that a worker be paid his wages on the same day. This must be because the Torah was transmitted to us through Moshe, an intermediary. When hiring someone through an agent the law of timely payment of wages does not apply. However, for fulfilling the mitzvos of “Onochi” and “lo yiyeh,” which we heard directly from Hashem, there must be payment in this world. “Re’ei,” see that for “Onochi,” I give you the blessing TODAY, in this world.

[Rebbe Dovid of Chmelnik in Bas Ayin]


For you are a holy people to Hashem your G-d; you shall not cook a kid in its mother’s.

There are two levels of faith. One is acquired by intellectual pursuit, an attempt at understanding to the fullest of one’s capacity. This is called “ro’eh,” seeing. A second level is that of “emunah peshutoh,” simple faith, based on accepting the values transmitted by our parents and teachers, acquired through hearing what they teach us. This is called “shmioh,” hearing. Although there is a blessing in the intellectual approach in that it gives one a grasp of understanding, it is likewise fraught with danger, since it is based on intellect, there is the possibility of counter-logic, rebuttal, that might seem sounder. Hence “Re’ei,” has in it “brochoh ukloloh,” while “asher tish’meu” only has “brochoh.”

[Irei Chaim of Vizhnitz]