B"H
Parshas Reah :
 By: Yaacov Silverstein
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Parshas Reah:

Pasuk(11:26):

"See! I am placing in front of you today, blessing and curse."

One may ask, what is the need to write "see"?

And even if there is a reason, shouldn't it be written in the plural form?

Comes Rav Dovid Feinstein and explains that a blessing and a curse is relative in each persons eyes. One person may see a blessing, while the other, a curse.

Thus Moshe used the singular form, for each person, they will see it as a blessing in their eyes, if they stick to the Torah.

For some say wealth is the biggest blessing, others say kids, while others may say good health.

Thus the singular form means that each one would get what he sees to be a blessing.

Yet, we know at times, what people think is good for them, is really bad for them.

Thus Moshe used "See", that you will be blessed and you would see how it is a blessing for you.

What however, is the connection of blessing/curse to keeping the Mitzvos?

We already know that one who keeps Mitzvos is rewarded and if one Chas V'Shalom does the opposite he is punished. Why do we need this Pasuk?

Comes Rav Shlezinger (Aileh Hadvarim) and explains that we are dealing here with one that keeps the Mitzvos. Yet, there are those that keep the Mitzvos and see them as a Beracha, and there are those that see them as Klalos.

When one does the Mitzvos in order to improve himself and come closer to Hashem, then it is a Beracha. Yet if he does Mitzvos by doing evil, it is then a curse.

We find this by Eisav, his Kibud Av V'Aim was so great.

However, once he was able to kill another human(Nimrod - coat) in order to serve his father, here he went to far already, and it turned into a curse.

One must be very careful when doing Mitzvos, that he is doing it with the right goals and purposes.