Re'eh

Re'eh

This week's Torah portion is from Deuteronomy 11:26 through 16:17 and is called Re'eh, which means "See."  It comes from the opening phrase of the portion, which says, "See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse: the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the 
L-rd your G-d, which I am commanding you today; and the curse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the 
L-rd your G-d, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, by following other gods which you have not known."  
This obvious correlation to the commandment of Exodus 20:3, " You shall have no other gods before Me."

“Of course,” we say when we hear this commandment. “We have no other gods; we do not worship idols today; this was for ancient times.” Or is it? Here are some of the gods worshipped in ancient times and possible connections to our daily choices.
 

Baal  The sun god  Tanning salons and beaches around the world.
Dagon The god of food Look at Restaurant Row in any city!
Diana The goddess of fertility and sexuality How many million porn sites are on the web? Sex shops in every city?
Mercury The god of speed and of competition ESPN, NFL, NBA, NHL, PGA???????
Nebu The god of wisdom Bookstores,www.Amazon.com and others.
Tammuz The god of the Underworld Today’s drawing of teens to “Grunge” style 
and the occult.
Nanair The god of the moon and of lightning Horoscopes and Fortune Tellers abound!
Molek The god who was fed children with fire!  Video Games; Chat Rooms; Television.

Whom do you worship?

Keep praying.