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

18 - ACQUIRING A SCROLL OF LAW


Deuteronomy 31:19 -- “Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves, and teach it to the children of Israel; put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for Me against the children of Israel.”

The Gemara of Sanhedrin says: “Rabah said: Even if one’s parents have left him a Scroll of the Law, he is nevertheless commanded to write one of his own, as it is said, ‘Now therefore, write down this song for yourselves.’”

The rule is necessary only to oblige the king to write two Scrolls.

“He who sits in the presence of a Scroll of the Law must observe great solemnity, abiding in fear and in awe of the trustworthy o God’s word as handed on to all generations, as it is said, ‘That it may be there as a witness against you’ (Deuteronomy 31: 26); and he is therefore to honor it as far as it is in his power to do so. Thus said the sages of old: ‘He that dishonors the Law shall himself be dishonored by mankind, while he that honors the Law is himself honored by mankind.’”*

*Ab. IV. 6; Mishneh Torah, Ahabah, Hilchoth Sefer Torah, X, 2

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