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"........HE (king) shall write for himself a copy of this law.....(17:18)

Rashi quotes Sanhedrin 21,that a king had 2 Torah Scrolls, one which is placed in his treasury and one which is constantly with the king. A question can be asked, why is it so important for the king to have a Torah scroll placed in the treasury?

When the king places the Torah Scroll in the treasury, it reinforces the value the king places on the Torah.Psychologically speaking, a person is being mentally drawn to his or her most precious possessions,especially those found in the treasure trove.By physically having a Torah scroll in the treasury, it makes the Jewish king think and consider well what is really important in life........We can ,Bezrat Hashem, learn a very important lesson from the king.....Where do we place the Torah in our lives? Is the Torah in our own personal treasury? If we make the Torah precious, it will be precious.....The decision is ours to make.....

King Solomon understood this concept especially well.......In Proverbs 2:4-5 (written by King Solomon) it is stated, "If you seek it (Torah) like silver,and search for it as a hidden treasure...then you will understand the fear of Hashem,and find the knowledge of G-d"....... WE must constantly reevaluate the value we personally place on the Torah.......Perhapes a whole new world of spiritual delights and treasures will be revealed to us....We are essentially where our priorities are.....Have a good Shabbos.............


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