“This very day, Hashem, your G-d, commands you to perform these statutes and the laws; and you shall observe and perform them wholeheartedly and with all your being.” 26:16
- This Very Day - Each day let these words appear novel to you, as if, on that very day, you had been commanded to perform them. - Rashi
These words were spoken forty years after the Jews stood at the foot of Mt. Sinai, received the Torah, and spent the next forty years studying them. How could Moshe suggest that the people view them as something novel? Moshe’s point was not merely to suggest that we pretend that we’ve never heard these words before, but rather, to emphasize the timelessness of the words of Torah. The people were about to leave the desert and enter Eretz Yisroel where conditions would be altogether different. Yet, the words and ideas of the Torah were equally relevant in the Land of Israel, as they were in the desert. The same is true for each new land, culture, and time period in which we find ourselves. The words of Torah transcend time and location.