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1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath driven thee, 2 And shalt return unto the LORD thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul; 3 That then the LORD thy God will turn thy captivity, and have compassion upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the LORD thy God hath scattered thee. 4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven, from thence will the LORD thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee: 5 And the LORD thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers. 6 And the LORD thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live. 7 And the LORD thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee. 8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the LORD, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day. 9 And the LORD thy God will make thee plenteous in every work of thine hand, in the fruit of thy body, and in the fruit of thy cattle, and in the fruit of thy land, for good: for the LORD will again rejoice over thee for good, as he rejoiced over thy fathers: 10 If thou shalt hearken unto the voice of the LORD thy God, to keep his commandments and his statutes which are written in this book of the law, and if thou turn unto the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul. 11 For this commandment which I command thee this day, it is not hidden from thee, neither is it far off. 12 It is not in heaven, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go up for us to heaven, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 13 Neither is it beyond the sea, that thou shouldest say, Who shall go over the sea for us, and bring it unto us, that we may hear it, and do it? 14 But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. 15 See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil; 16 In that I command thee this day to love the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, and to keep his commandments and his statutes and his judgments, that thou mayest live and multiply: and the LORD thy God shall bless thee in the land whither thou goest to possess it. 17 But if thine heart turn away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn away, and worship other gods, and serve them; 18 I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to go to possess it. 19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live: 20 That thou mayest love the LORD thy God, and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell in the land which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them.

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1 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Moses tells the nation of Israel that the Commandments which are enumerated in the Torah are not something that is impossible to keep, rather they are very near to each member of Israel, in their mouths and hearts that we may "do it". Judaism is not a passive religion, rather an active one which strives to improve the life of every person by following a path which is laid out in the 5 Books of Moses. Instead of looking at "laws" as something difficult and burdensome, we should look at the laws as a way to connect to the one who gave us the laws, the Creator of Heaven and Earth. By recognizing that these Mitzvot have protected our people for 3400 years, we can connect not only with the past, but with our future."
2 Deena E = "This couldn't be more true, Yaakov. If only our daily--moment-by-moment--heart conditions could line up with what you've written here. As written in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?" "
3 Sarah R = "Scripture Link: Romans 105 Moses writes this about the righteousness that is by the law: “The person who does these things will live by them.” 6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) 7 “or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”"
4 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The concept of free will is explicit in this verse. Moses tells the nation of Israel that we have a choice between life and Good, or death and Evil. The question is, why would anyone choose death and evil over life and good? In order for free will to exist, the desire to do bad must be equal to or stronger than the desire to do good. This is a critical concept within Judaism and it applies to almost everything in life; religion, business, family, etc.For example; if I put a delicious steak on one plate and a spoiled, rotten piece of fish in the other plate, choosing the steak isn't really a "choice". These items are not "equal" in terms of their opposing values. Nobody would choose the rotten fish because they understand they would get sick and the fish would absolutely stink. However; if I put a scoop of delicious ice cream sundae in one bowl and rice and beans in another bowl, you now have the ability to make a real "choice". Why? Because while the ice cream sundae tastes delicious, it's full of sugar and calories and chemicals. Yes, it tastes good but it contains no nutritional value for your body so while it may be delicious, your body won't feel good afterwards.The rice and beans on the other hand may have very little taste and certainly doesn't have the flavor of the ice cream however nutritionally, it's much better for you and gives your body the proper fuel it needs to keep running. This is the essence of "free will". The choices in front of us don't seem equal at first but after weighing the reality, we can see that choosing between an ice cream sundae and rice and beans is a real choice. For a child, the choice is clear, the ice cream always wins. For an adult however, someone who is capable of thinking about the realities of both items and weighing the pros and cons, the choice is more difficult.This concept also underscores why God allows false religions to perform "miracles" and to seem so authentic. Because in order for someone to choose the true path towards God, they must first be given choices which appear to be correct but ultimately don't lead down the proper path. Think about it; if only one religion in the world was capable of performing miracles, wouldn't everyone want to join that religion? What "choice" would you have, you'd know right away which religion was man-made and which one was from God.The Torah clearly stated that many religions were able to perform magic which at first glance appeared to be "delicious" like the ice cream. These religions promise "magical" freedom from law and burden, but truthfully are nothing more than hollow words and have no spiritual nutritional value, just like the ice cream. The Torah and commandments are more like the rice and beans. They are not glamorous and don't taste as good as the ice cream, but they contain the necessities of life which our spiritual soul requires to connect to God. This is why Moses tells the nation of Israel to "choose life" because while ignoring the law and commandments might seem like a good idea, ultimately that path leads to spiritual death and evil. True "free will" lays in our ability to choose between the hard path and the harder one. "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference" - Robert Frost"
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "The Jewish people have once again been restored to the land of Israel just as God promised. Today about 20% of Jews in Israel and around the world are Orthodox and follow strict adherence to the laws of Moses. While other denominations in Judaism are shrinking, the Orthodox community is growing and prospering like no other time in history. We see God's promise at work; by walking in His ways and keeping his commandments, his statutes and judgments he is blessing the tiny nation of Israel as a light among the nations."