Vort from the Rav: Re’eh

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לֹא תוּכַל לֶאֱכֹל בִּשְׁעָרֶיךָ מַעְשַׂר דְּגָנְךָ You must not eat within your cities the tithe of your grain

In Hebrew there is an idiosyncrasy. In all languages there is a distinction between not being able to do and not being allowed to do. “I cannot” and “I must not” are two different things. Hebrew is the only language that equates both. The transition from must not to cannot is instantaneous. When one falls in love with the Torah, when you do what the Almighty asks of you, you redeem yourself. The Torah is not a burden placed involuntarily upon one’s frail shoulders. It is a part of one’s very personality. (Boston, 1974).

About Arnold Lustiger

Dr. Arnold Lustiger is a research scientist and has edited multiple volumes of the Rav's Torah, including the recently published Chumash Mesoras HaRav.

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