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Parsha Mitzvot: Re’ei: Mitzvah 441 – Concept 370

“Only your sanctities that you will have and your vow offerings shall you carry, and come to the place that God will choose.” (Deuteronomy 12:26) We are commanded to bring all offerings from outside Israel to the Temple. (Rambam, Hilchot Ma’aseh Hakorbanot – The Laws of The Sacrificial Procedure)

Even the prayers of Israel must be directed toward the Temple and the Holy of Holies. “To the place that God will choose,” teaches us that our intention must be only toward fulfilling God’s Will. Only then will our offerings and prayers be able to connect with God’s chosen place. (Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Ishbitz – Mei Hashiloach)

The Holy Ishbitzer is focusing on “God will choose.” It is God’s choice that empowers our actions. Our offerings have meaning only because they follow God’s choice of instructions and procedure.

The fact that Moshe teaches Israel to observe a law that will not be clear until God chooses, means that the Torah was not a set of laws given once, but a constant process of Revelation: God WILL choose. He will teach us His choice.

When we live according to God’s the process of Revelation continues.

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