Deuteronomy 7:12
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12  And if you do obey these rules and observe them carefully, Hashem your God will maintain faithfully for you the covenant that He made on oath with your fathers:

v’-ha-YAH AY-kev tish-m’-UN AYT ha-mish-pa-TEEM ha-AY-leh ush-mar-TEM va-a-see-TEM o-TAM v’-sha-MAR a-do-NAI e-lo-HE-kha l’-KHA et ha-b’-REET v’-et ha-KHE-sed a-SHER nish-BA la-a-vo-TE-kha

יב  וְהָיָה עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם וַעֲשִׂיתֶם אֹתָם וְשָׁמַר יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ לְךָ אֶת־הַבְּרִית וְאֶת־הַחֶסֶד אֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע לַאֲבֹתֶיךָ׃

 7:12   And if you do obey these rules

In this verse, Hashem promises that if we listen to His commandments, He will bless us and multiply us, and grant us success in the Land of Israel. The Hebrew word for ‘and if you do,’ eikev (עקב), also means ‘heel.’ Rashi quotes the Sages who teach that the use of the word eikev hints to the fact that we must keep all the commandments equally, even the ones that seem unimportant, which people tend to figuratively step on with their heels. If we are careful to follow all the commandments of Hashem, even the seemingly insignificant ones, then we will certainly be rewarded with great blessings in the Promised Land.

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  • Troy Heffernan

    I am seeking conversion to Judaism. I love and understand what I have just read. It enlightens my heart!

  • Hearing and doing his ordinances brings the full blessing of Hashem. Amen

  • What an amazing promise and commitment Hashem makes to B'nei Ysrael, thaat the Creator of all has chosen you, Israel, to love and bless above all the peoples on the earth. For those who will not understand, the keeping of the Law and commandments will seem irksome, but there is a freedom and liberty within those commandments that the world at large will perhaps never see. What an adventure lays now before B'nei Ysrael as they prepare to enter at last the Promised Land.

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