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Positive Mitzvah 17

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Positive Mitzvah 17: The Torah Scroll of the King
Deuteronomy 17:18 And it shall be, when he (the king sits upon the throne of his kingdom, and he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah"

A Jewish king's royal treasury contains countless blocks of gold, beautifully embroidered bags filled with silver coins, diamonds, jewels and many glittering stones. These precious stones are locked away in vaults and the fortune is guarded by soldiers.

But there is one precious item that the king will not entrust to anyone else. He refers to it constantly and always carries it with him.

This is his own personal Torah Scroll.

HaShem commands a Jewish King to write a Torah Scroll for himself and to carry it with him always. Thus, the Torah will guide him in ruling the Jewish people and creating a proper kingdom.


Purify time. Each day, find an act of kindness and beauty that belongs to that day alone.

From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman - tzvif@aol.com


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