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PARSHAS KI TEITZEI -

"When you go out encamped against your enemies, you should guard yourself from every evil thing" - "- , -: --, " (Deuteronomy 23:10)

This refers to when you go out to fight your enemy, which is the Yetzer Hara, you should guard yourself from every "evil - davar". The word - "davar" may mean either "thing" or "word", so here we translate it as "word" (), that "you should guard yourself from speaking evil words". The term " " - "evil davar" refers here to the covenant of circumcision, which is related to the covenant of the tongue, and this is why "every evil thing" is also "every evil word", as Rashi z"l explained in Parshas Shoftim. Thus we see that if a person rectifies both the covenant of circumcision (keeping the laws of tznius, etc.) together with the covenant of the tongue (making sure not to speak lashon hara, nivul peh, etc.), then he will be guarded from every evil thing. Then no suffering in the world can be upon him. And this is the meaning of "and you should guard yourself", that if you want to protect yourself from any evil thing, which is a reference to the covenant of circumcision (i.e., if you want to be successful in being shomer habris), then you should be careful from speaking evil words (i.e., if you are shomer halashon, it will help you to be shomer habris), then you will be guarded from every evil thing, which is a reference to being shomer habris, for we see the scripture calls one who is not careful in these matters "evil in the eyes of the LORD" (Genesis 38:7) (thus we see the term evil being used in both places). Then, you will automatically be guarded from any evil in the world, because the image of God will remain upon your face, and you will be saved from wars, and from the heathen nations, and "all the people of the earth will see that the Name of the LORD is called upon you, and they will fear you" (Deuteronomy 28:10). Then you will be safe from all evil, meaning any type of suffering, and from the exterior forces of evil that receive their energy from the heathens. Then the verse will be fulfilled in you "and all the peoples of the earth will see that the Name of the LORD is called upon you".

(Divrei Binah - Parshas Ki Teitzei p. 82)

"And you were tired, and overworked, and he did not fear God" - ", ; , " (Deuteronomy 25:18)

My holy teacher, Rebbe Yerachmiel of Peshischa, said in the name of his father, the Holy Jew that it is written, "and you were tired, and over-worked, and he did not fear God", which means that even if you do not feel any taste in serving God, and the service seems like being over-worked, despite that you should know that the Torah promises that as long as you are serving God you should not fear harsh-judgements, that is the meaning of "and he did not fear God", for the name "" - "Elokim" refers to the attribute of harsh judgement ( ). Until here are his words.

(Sefer Niflaos HaYehudi p. 38)

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