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Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Jewish Standard

The Jewish Standard: "And Moses wrote this Torah, and delivered it to the priests the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.”

What that actually means, “Moses wrote this Torah,” we do not know for certain, but from the context of this week’s parashah we can offer a suggestion: The Torah that Moses wrote is the record of the laws God spoke. In other words, the laws of the Torah are the laws God gave Moses and that Moses gave us.

Those laws are contained in this “Torah of Moses.”

Even though someone else, or maybe a dozen or a hundred dozen someone elses, may have added the narrative portions to the Torah, the laws in this Torah represent the legitimate and revealed word of God, as transmitted to us by Moses.

Thus, the laws we must repent for not observing are the laws of this Torah. It really is as simple as that."

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