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    Responsibility or reward – B’chukkotai

    Parashat B’chukkotai begins, “If you walk in My statutes…” (Lev. 26:3).

    One of the great Chabad teachers, the Alter Rebbe, has a significant comment on the word “walk”. Walking suggests movement, progression from place to place. It is not only movement on level ground, but movement from one level to the next.

    The Alter Rebbe says that though it sounds like a responsibility, the duty to make progress from a lower to a higher level, it also suggests a reward. If a person immerses him- or herself in the Divine statutes, they will make spiritual progress.

    The more you live by and in the commandments, the more you find yourself ascending, going from one level to the next.

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