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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

16 - THE ASSEMBLY DURING THE FEAST OF TABERNACLES


Deuteronomy 31:11 -- “When all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.”

All the people are to assemble after the end of every seventh year, and several verses of Deuteronomy are to be read aloud to them.

“Both the reading and the Blessings that were pronounced in connection therewith were said in the holy tongue (i.e. Hebrew)… Proselytes who are unfamiliar with it are nevertheless to direct their heart and apply their ears, listening in awe and fear, and rejoicing with trembling, as on the day when the Torah was given us at Sinai. Even great sages who are proficient in the whole law are under obligation to listen with extremely great devotion, while he who is unable to hear must direct his heart to this reading – Scripture having appointed it solely with a view to strengthening the true faith – so that one is to consider himself as though he had only now been commanded to hear it, and were hearing it from the Almighty, since the King is merely an emissary empowered to proclaim the words of the Lord.”*

* Mishneh Torah, Korbanoth, Hilchoth Hagigah, III, 6

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