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5760 The Jewish calendar is unique; every month contains a special message and gives us its unique power to serve G-d.
5761 This week's section tells us that we need to put Judges and policemen at all of our gates. There is an eternal personal lesson here for each of us as well. The "gates" also refer to the "gates" of our soul: our eyes, mouth, ears, action, speech and thought.
5762 This week's section contains the commandment to listen to true prophets of G-d (18:15) "G-d will stand a Jewish prophet like me (Moses was speaking), to him you must listen."
5763 This week's Torah portion contains thirty eight commandments. One is to appoint Judges and policemen that enforce their decisions; another is to follow the Prophets and another is to appoint a King. Let's examine the difference between the first two, Judges and prophets.
5764 This week's section contains one of the clearest proofs that Moshiach is an essential of Judaism. "When G-d expands your boundaries as He swore....And gives all the land He promised to the Forefathers....you should add three cities to these three." (19: 8,9)
5765 This week's section includes three very interesting and seemingly totally impractical laws: to listen to prophets, to appoint a king and to make three additional 'cities of refuge' for unintentional murderers bringing the total to nine.
5766 This week's Torah portion contains thirty-eight mitzvot or commandments, the most far-reaching of which concerns the Cities of Refuge (Deuteronomy 19:1-13). This commandment enjoins us to designate nine cities in the Land of Israel as refuge places for any Jew who accidentally kills through negligence or recklessness.
5767 This week we read about the commandment of the Jewish prophet (18:18). This commandment is a touchy one. It means we have to believe in people! Not worship them of course, but to follow everything a prophet says as the word of G-d even if it makes no sense! (As long as it doesn't go against the Torah; see Rambam, Yesodi HaTorah chapts. 7-10).
5768 This week we read about the commandment of the Jewish prophet (18:18). This commandment is a touchy one. It means we have to believe in people! Not worship them of course, but if a Jew fills the criterion of being a prophet (see Rambam (aka Maimonides), Yesodi HaTorah chapts. 7-1) we must treat him as a messenger of G-d even if he contradicts common sense! (As long as he doesn't contradict the Torah).
5769 This week's Torah portion contains Thirty Eight commandments. One of these commandments is when the Jews are in Israel they should choose a king to rule them.
5770 This week’s Torah portion contains 38 commandments. Some will only be applicable when Moshiach builds the Third Temple (as soon as possible) like those that deal with the Holy Temple, the High Priest (Cohen Godel) or choosing the King. Some apply today like rejecting false prophets. But one stands out as very vital for everyday living: It is forbidden to be afraid of the enemy in battle.
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