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Over Some Good Wine
Binding to the Community of Israel enables one to reach above the stars.
The last two commandments in the Torah are found in parashat Vayelech and are interrelated:

The commandment of Hakhel, a public reading of the Torah by the king after the Sabbatical year, is rooted in the fact that all of Israel is perceived of as a single body. Writing a copy of the Torah for oneself connects one to its commandments, affording him with a close affinity with G-d both on a national and on an individual level.
The Holy Heart of Times to Come
Kabbalah teaches that in the days of the Mashiach, the heart will not desire evil.
"And the Eternal, your G-d, will circumcise your heart."

Lust and desire are the "foreskin" of the heart; circumcision of the heart means that it will not covet or desire evil. In the days of the Mashiach, the choice of genuine good will be natural; the heart will not desire what is improper. Man will return at that time to what he was before the sin of Adam when there were no conflicting desires in his will.
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