Forethoughts and Afterthoughts.
Commentary on the weekly Torah reading.
In memory of Father, Yosef Ben Zelig.
March 25th 1911 - May 2nd 2008
In memory of Mother, Nechama Bas Tzvi Hirsh.
June 9th 1925 - April 16th 2003
In memory of Uncle, Moshe Binyamin Ben Tzvi Hirsh.
December 12 1929 - February 2nd 2010
In Loving Memory of Moreinu Horav Shmuel Yaakov Weinberg, Rosh HaYeshiva Ner Yisroel
Chukas (Numbers 19-22)
Re’eh (Deuteronomy 11-16)
12:28 Protect and listen to all the things that I command you so that it should forever be good for you and your children when you do that which is good and proper in the eyes of Hashem your G-D.
Fulfilling all of the Torah's commandments is no small feat. Here, the Torah implies that our reward will not be complete until we also protect the commandments and listen to them. Why would we not receive full reward for just being compliant?
The following came to mind.
It is natural for a person to feel restricted by some of the Torah's laws in the early stages of our life-long journey.
It takes time, being steadfast, and maturity for a person to shift the focus of their values away from their body and materialism.
As one grows in awareness of G-D's relationship, the Torah and its commandments assume more value.
A person protects only that which has value to him. And that which has more value commands more attention.
G-D will certainly give full reward for Torah observance in the next world.
We all want the good life in this world, too.
The more we taste the value of Torah observance, the more we realize that the good life in this world is synonymous with Torah observance.
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