Parsha Re’eh Aliyah 6

Re’eh (Deuteronomy) 15:1 – 18

1At the end of seven years you shall institute a remission. 2This is the matter of the remission: Every creditor shall remit his authority over what he has lent his fellow; he shall not press his fellow or his brother, for He has proclaimed a remission for HaShem. 3You may press the gentile; but over what you have with your brother, you shall remit your authority. 4However, may there be no destitute among you; rather HaShem, will surely bless you in the Land that HaShem, your G-d, will give you as an inheritance, to possess it, 5only if you will hearken to the voice of HaShem, your G-d, to observe, to perform this entire commandment that I command you today. 6For HaShem, your G-d, has blessed you as He told you; you will lend to many nations, but you will not borrow; and you will dominate many nations, but they will not dominate you.

7If there shall be a destitute person among you, any of your brethren in any of your cities, in your Land that HaShem, your G-d, gives you, you shall not harden your heart or close your hand against your destitute brother. 8Rather, you shall open your hand to him; you shall lend him his requirement, whatever is lacking to him. 9Beware lest there be a lawless thought in your heart, saying, “The seventh year approaches, the remission year,” and you will look malevolently upon your destitute brother and refuse to give to him — then he may appeal against you to HaShem, and it will be a sin upon you. 10You surely give to him, and let your heart not feel bad when you give him, for in return for this matter, HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in all your deeds and in your every undertaking. 11For destitute people will not cease to exist within the Land; therefore I command you, saying, “You shall surely open your hand to your brother, to your poor, and to your destitute in your Land.”

12If your brother, a Hebrew man or a Hebrew woman, will be sold to you, he shall serve you for six years, and in the seventh year you shall send him away from you free. 13But when you send him away from your free, you shall not send him away empty handed. 14Adorn him generously from your flocks, from your threshing floor, and from your wine cellar; as HaShem, your G-d, has blessed you, so shall you give him. 15You shall remember that you were a slave in the land of Mitzrayim, and HaShem, your G-d, redeemed you; therefore, I command you regarding this matter today.

16In the event he will say to you, “I will not leave you,” for he loves you and your household, for it is good for him with you, 17then you shall take the awl and put it through his ear and the door, and he shall be for you an eternal slave; even to your maidservant shall you do the same. 18It shall not be difficult in your eyes when you send him away free from you, for twice the wage of a hired hand — six years — has he served you; and HaShem, your G-d, will bless you in all that you do.

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