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Parshat Eikev: The goal is God-consciousness

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When we think about the different mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah, they can often seem random and disjointed. What does kashrut have to do with giving charity, and how do those things relate to whether or not I pray? The questions about the relevance and importance of the different laws in a Torah-oriented life boil down to one main question: What’s the point? In Parshat Eikev, Moshe suggests a rather interesting answer.

Speaking to Bnei Yisrael as they prepare to enter Eretz Yisrael (the Land of Israel), Moshe tells them, “And now, O Israel, what does Hashem your God ask of you? Only this: to revere Hashem your God, to walk only in His paths, to love Him, and to serve Hashem your God with all your heart and soul, keeping Hashem’s commandments and laws, which I enjoin upon you today, for your good” (Devarim 10:12-13).


© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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