Mishpatim 5773

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Towards the end of Mishpatim the Torah retells the story of Matan Torah. In 24:3 Moshe tells Bnei Yisroel of various laws. Rashi notes that these were laws taught right after they crossed the Red Sea. But why is Moshe reteaching these laws? The Kedushas Levi explains that Moshe wasn't reteaching them because the posuk says he "told" them rather than "commanding" them; he was giving Bnei Yisroel encouragement in doing the Mitzvos and how it kivyachol gives Hashem pleasure. It's important to give positive reinforcement to one who needs it in his service to Hashem; it rekindles the spark to do Mitzvos with happiness.


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