Ki Tetze: A Promise is a Promise

“That which comes out of your lips you shall observe and do; as you have vowed freely to HaShem your God, as you have promised with your mouth” (Deuteronomy 23:24). The Torah commands us to have integrity, to safeguard our words, and be sure to uphold the utterance of our mouth. While this certainly applies to vows we have made during our life, the deeper sources teach that this command alludes to the oath taken by our soul before entering this world. Before God sends a soul into this world to begin life as we know it, the soul takes an oath to God that it will behave uprightly, that it will lead a righteous life. We all enter this world with an obligation to fulfill that oath to our Maker. Let us have the integrity to fulfill all our words, to our fellow man and to God, and to lead righteous and upright lives.

Based on Shla”h, Parshas Ki Tetze

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