Friday, January 22, 2021

In Rabbi Kuperberg’s article “The Pros and Cons of Longevity” (December 24, 2020), the author states that the Torah promises longevity for only two specific mitzvot: honoring one’s parents and shiluach hakan.

There is actually a third mitzvah noted at the end of Ki Tetze that also promises longevity, namely, keeping honest weights and measures. I have not been able to determine why this third mitzvah promising longevity is always overlooked.

The common theme among these three mitzvot is a respect and sensitivity to other people and beings.

In this divisive time, may we all be zoche to increasing the length and quality of our lives by keeping to this principle.

Natan Jeselsohn