Re'eh – Understanding idolatry

Why is it so essential to uproot idolatry as a prerequisite to fulfilling the Torah? Why do our sage say that one who denies the validity of idolatry is considered as if he has fulfilled the entire Torah? What is the significance of the mountain in spiritual practice? Why were the blessings and curses placed on mountains?

Find out in this week’s Parsha Podcast.

(Running time: 22:03)


  1. Tidbits of Torah on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    on another matter – Ari, please put every day davening nusach on your page as well. I am passing it around to new converts. My son is on my lap listening now to you reciting Shabbos prayers – 6 1/2 months old and he is mezimerized by the holy words. This is the same Yosef I told you that I sing the chorus of your song "Yosef, Yosef, one day the world will know….."

  2. Ari Goldwag on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    The more Jews get out here, the less power the Erev Rav (far left) will have.

  3. Anonymous on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    thankyou ari when ever I get down here in golut america , catholic gothic educated boston ill remember your words . as a people were low so the process can take place . for ari im starting to feel if mby and elijah dont take us out of golut edom already i should pack my belongings to eretz yisrael . I dont want to sound like the spies and reject it , i was always daati zionist but im not enamered with several things going on in israel mainly the far left !

  4. Ari Goldwag on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    Based on some recent readings I have been doing, I think that the current situation is the way that Hashem needs to bring Moshiach through the 'back door,' similar to the ways that the lineage of Moshiach ben Dovid has progressed through history – Lot and his daughters, Dovid from Rus, Shlomo from Batsheva, etc. Hashem needs to get the process by the forces of evil, and they only let it through when they get their due, or think that they are on top. This is the trick that Hashem does, using the very disunity of Klal yisrael to bring about unity, the very lowly state of the Jewish people to bring about its highest state.

  5. Anonymous on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    With the terrible internal situations throughout world jewrys camp could we be headed towards a sorting out of souls and great cleansing process before mashiach ben yosef arrives with elijah the prophet ? Or will there be mercy despite how pathetic world jewry has become and mashiach ben yosef and elijah will be sent because of or despite it whichever way you see it ?

  6. Anonymous on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    see zohar shemot 19b on idolatry falling , see ramchal on how its lead by edom maimer hageulah mishnah 60-63

  7. Anonymous on January 6, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    The reason so many jews believe in idolatry more then god is because as you say the gentiles have the oz and the tiferet this confuses everyone ! including the religious who are always running because there so afraid of it . Maybe its partly gilgul as well . But bottom line its Hashems plan to give the klipot/idolatry powers . Read the ramchal .

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