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Browse Torah Articles: Sefer Vayiqra: Parashat Behar: Commitment to Torah

Contributed by: R. Ezra Mizrahi

The Torah tells us that the Misvot mentioned in these two parshiyot were those that Hashem commanded Moshe at Har Sinai. What is the purpose for stressing this?

Some have answered by saying that this shows that Moshe and Bnei Yisrael performed the Misvot exactly as Hashem had commanded them, without deviating from them at all. Misvot must be carried out precisely as is required by the Torah. Otherwise, the act means nothing.

There are those who like to make the Torah more "timely", more "relevant", and more "convenient". They look to allow certain acts that are blatantly against the Torah to simply make life more convenient. They decide on their own that it is perfectly proper to have a religious affair, celebrating a Bar Misva or wedding, but yet promote women dressing immodestly. They try to "bend" the laws of the Torah to suit themselves.

But the Torah cannot be tampered with. The Torah is timeless, and it will survive the "changes" of the misinformed. It is meant as a blueprint for living for all ages and cultures; if it is made to adapt to certain specific environments, it will become useless as soon as those environments disappear. The Torah does not adapt to the climate; it is the climate that must adapt to the Torah.

"Im Behuqotai Telechu" - If we will walk in Hashem's laws, He will provide for us everything from wealth to peace in Israel. During the time of the Shoftim, when Bnei Yisrael would follow the words of Hashem, there would be peace in Israel for large amounts of time. For 40 years, or sometimes 80 years, there would be peace only because of Bnei Yisrael following the words of the Torah. The current state of Israel is only 53 years old and yet already seen 5 wars, and constant violence without 1 week of peace.

We should come together as a nation, as a people, and follow the words of the Torah more strictly. As we are promised, if we go in the words of Hashem, will only see the rewards of this life, followed by the rewards of the life to come.
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