Parsha Re'eh
Deuteronomy 11:26 - 16:17

Grasping the World With What We See, Speak and Hear ©

By Dr. Akiva G. Belk

This study of mysticism in Hebrew Gematria is dedicated in the loving memory of Mr. James W. Belk may he rest in peace.

The parsha study is a lesson on the weekly portion (parsha) of the Torah specified for study by our sages. Each week of the year is assigned a particular portion for study by the Jewish people. It is an essential element of Judaism meant for the upliftment of Kal Yisroel.
The first word of this week's parsha is also the title, Re'ey, meaning look / see. Re'ey shares a common distinction with several other pertinent words, First, Daw Var, meaning word, thing, speech and second, Shema, meaning hear. Each of these words are center extroverted from the mystical view of Gematria. That means the center letter of each word is smaller and the exterior letters are larger from a numerical viewpoint. That creates a flow from the center letter out to the exterior letter on the right and out to the exterior letter on the left. Observe how this works:

1) The word Re'ey consists of three letters. They are in order from right to left:
.The Hey (5) The Aleph (1) The Reish (200)

2) The word Daw Var consists of three letters. They are in order from right to left:
.The Reish (200) The Bais (2) The Dalet (4)

3) The word Shema consists of three letters. They are in order from right to left:
.The Ayin (70) The Mem (40) The Shin (300)

Notice the center letter of each word is smaller in number than the outside letters. This is center extroverted. This means the flow is from within to without.

In Re'ey the center letter is the Aleph. The Aleph represents G-d as the One and only flowing out to the universe He has created. Re'ey depicts what we can see flowing out to us from G-d the Creator of everything that is seen.

In Daw Var the center letter is the Bais, meaning house. The Bais represents: First, the house of G-d which is the holy temple flowing out to Kal Yisroel. Second, the sacred house that G-d placed within each of us flowing out to the universe. Daw Var depicts words that are seen, spoken and heard coming from within the Bais HaMikdash and coming from within the neshama of each human.

In Shema the center letter is the Mem, meaning degree {of what is revealed and what is concealed}. The Shema represents the degree of words that some of us can hear and others cannot. The Shema represents the degree of the words some of us can understand and others cannot.

Now we take this understanding and apply it to this week's parsha:

"See, I place before you today, a blessing and a curse. The blessing that you heed the commandments of Hashem your G-d, that I am commanding you today. And the curse if you do not heed the commandments of Hashem, your G-d, and you veer from the course which I command you this day, to follow other gods which you did not know," (Deuteronomy 11:26-28).

How did my neshama experience the word of Torah? Was the word {Daw Var} of Torah dull, boring and difficult to understand or did the word {Daw Var} of Torah invigorate and challenge me? How do my senses view {Re'ey} what they saw in this passage of Torah? Do I see {Re'ey} great hope and potential or do I view {Re'ey} this as another of the Torah's constricting set of regulations, etc.? What do I hear {Shema] from the inner depths of my being? Do I hear {Shema} grumbles or praise?

This parsha is about our senses being impressionable, malleable and susceptible to the Torah? It is easier to stamp an impression in soft clay than on the hard surface of a rock.

Do we have the perception that affords us the opportunity to receive the blessings of the entire benefit G-d is offering us? How about one hidden perception? Re'ey and Daw Var share the Gematria of 206.

Best wishes,

Dr. Akiva G. Belk

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