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?