“’Accursed is whoever will not uphold the words of this Torah to perform them;’ and the entire people shall say, ‘Amen.’” 27:26
- Whoever Does Not Uphold - Here, he encompasses all of the Torah in its entirety, which they accepted by an imprecation and an oath. – Rashi
- Who Does Not Uphold – Every Jew must accept the Torah’s validity in full, and must not claim that even one of the commandments is no longer relevant. This curse however, is not pronounced upon one who merely commits a sin, rather, on one who denies that a part of the Torah is G-d given or applicable. This curse also applies to one who can have a positive influence on others but remains unconcerned with their spiritual welfare and fails to assist them. - Ramban
Studying and observing Torah is a vital aspect of Judaism, but monumental as those accomplishments may be, it doesn’t end there. Everyone is obligated to do all in their power to “uphold” the words of Torah so that others can learn from them as well. This includes offering financial support to Torah institutions, volunteering of ones time to study with others, and behaving in a manner that reflects positively on those who study Torah. Failure to live up to ones’ potential in any of these areas, is tantamount to failing to uphold the words of Torah.