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A Contract with Hashem

    by Reb Gutman Locks  

A Contract with Hashem


     One of the last things Moshe did at the end of his days was to seal the covenant of Hashem with the Jewish people saying, "Not with you alone do I seal this covenant, and this oath but with whoever is here, standing with us today before Hashem, our G-d, and with whoever is not here with us today."[i]

     But there is a strict law that no one can obligate anyone else into a contract if that other person is not present at the time the obligation is made. Moshe was referring to the Jews who were not even born yet! So how could he obligate us if we were not even alive at that time?

     There is an exception to this law. One cannot bring someone who is not present into a contract UNLESS that contract is to that other person's benefit, and if it is to his or her benefit, then the contract is legal and the person who is not present is brought into the agreement.

     That covenant, the oath Moshe obligated us to, seals the Jews' relationship with Hashem... a wonderous bond that can never be broken. 

[i] Deuteronomy 29:13


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