Speaking of tithing…(Parshat Re’eh)

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Last week in the Republican primary debate, presidential candidate, Dr. Ben Carson offered tithing as part of the basis for his tax plan.

Yesterday, during our discussion of Parshat Re’eh,  we also discussed the concept of tithing:

Deuteronomy Chapter 14, verses 27-29:  “But do not neglect the Levite in your community, for he has no hereditary portion as you have. Every third year you shall bring out the full tithe of your yield of that year, but leave it within your settlements.  Then the Levite, who has no hereditary portion as you have, and the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow in your settlements shall come and eat their fill, so that the L-rd your G-d may bless you in all the enterprises you undertake”

Deuteronomy Chapter 15, verse 11:  “For there will never cease to be needy ones in your land, which is why I command you:  open your hand to the poor and needy kinsman in your land.”

What does tithing mean to you?  Is it on your mind this week?

As we approach Rosh Hodesh Elul this Sunday (yes, this Sunday already!), what are your thoughts or reflections as we wrap up 5775 in anticipation of Rosh Hashanah 5776?

As many of you know, we have a pretty cool Torah study group happening on the Hill on Sunday mornings, 10:00 am, (email jodiochstein@gmail.com for deets) and we’d really love to hear your thoughts on the Parsha – either in the comments section or just hit “reply-all” if you’re receiving this via the LCVY Google Group

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