In this week’s Parshah, Shoftim, we read about the mitzvah to appoint a king.

One of the laws a king must follow is that he should have two copies of the Torah scroll made for him. One is to be placed in his treasury, and the other should accompany him constantly: “. . . and he shall read it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the L‑rd his G‑d, to keep all the words of this Torah.”

Isn’t one Torah enough? Why did a king need two? What point is there in having a Torah kept in his treasury?

To be a king means to wield great power. Whereas every Jew is obligated to write a Torah, a king must write two. This is an extra measure with a humbling effect. This Torah is put in his treasury (or, literally, beit genazav, his “hiding place”—a place the king goes to when important decisions need to made, such as going to war, initiating taxes, deciding on major projects, etc.) Seeing his Torah there—and possibly, the Torahs of the kings before him—is a strong reminder that while the great power to make these decisions are in his hands, he should be humble and bend to G‑d’s will when making them.

We are all kings and queens, as G‑d empowers us to make decisions that affect our “kingdoms” big or small (your family, your wealth, your treatment of others, etc.) You may be learning from the outside Torah, yet you must write it in the deepest recesses of your being, so that when making important decisions you will bend to G‑d’s will.

Royalty fails in arrogance and succeeds in humility. A Jew is royalty—in dress, in speech, in thoughts and in action.

Now in month of Elul; the King of Kings is open to all of us. Get close to Him now, go out to greet Him. He, in turn, will grant you a happy and sweet New Year.