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Ki Tavo Question 1

Weekly Parsha Questions

Ki Tavo Question 1

Yechiel Shaffer

In a Parsha packed with preparation for transition there is one command that seems particularly unusual:

דברים פרשת כי תבוא פרק כז

א) ויצו משה וזקני ישראל את־העם לאמר שמר את־כל־המצוה אשר אנכי מצוה אתכם היום

1. And Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, Observe all of the commandment that I command you this day.

ב) והיה ביום אשר תעברו את־הירדן אל־הארץ אשר־יקוק אלהיך נתן לך והקמת לך אבנים גדלות ושדת אתם בשיד

2. And it will be, on the day that you cross the Jordan to the land the Lord, your God, is giving you, that you shall set up for yourself huge stones, and plaster them with lime.

ג) וכתבת עליהן את־כל־דברי התורה הזאת בעברך למען אשר תבא אל־הארץ אשר־

יקוק אלהיך נתן לך ארץ זבת חלב ודבש כאשר דבר יקוק אלהי־אבתיך לך

3. When you cross, you shall write upon them all the words of this Torah, in order that you may come to the land which the Lord, your God, is giving you, a land flowing with milk and honey, as the Lord, God of your forefathers, has spoken to you

Why does Moshe command the Jews to write the Torah on these rocks?

Can you think of any other time the Torah was inscribed on rock? Is there a connection?

Are there any other commands that perhaps relate to placing the Torah (or portion of it) at the entrance to a specific area (See R’ Samson Raphael Hirsch for further discussion)?