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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Ekev 46-6


Deuteronomy 11:1-9

Observe therefore all the commands I am giving you today, so that you may have the strength to go in and take over the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, and so that you may live long in the land that the LORD swore to your forefathers to give to them and their descendants, a land flowing with milk and honey.

Deut. 11:8-9 NIV

How may we become strong and prolong our lives?

The Torah gives us the clue to be strong and have long lives on our lands: to keep all the commandments that the Eternal orders us today. Had the people of Israel kept the commandments better throughout history, they would be the strongest and largest people in the world.

A people who don't commit idolatry will be a strong people, a people who don't commit blasphemy will live a long time on their land. A people where both born and non-born are not murdered will be powerful. A people who don't commit adultery and fornication will have very old citizens. A people where there is no theft but respect for private property of both poor and rich, will be prospered. A people who don't eat parts or blood of live animals nor treat them with cruelty, will have a long existence on their lands. A people whose legal system watches over their citizens' conducts and punishes all those who break one of these previous six laws and rewards those who respect them, will be an extremely powerful and blessed people on earth.

Keep the commandments, you'll be strong and enjoy a long life.

Kol tuv,


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