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Maakeh (building a fence)

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The Torah considers one responsible for safeguarding one's own as well as others' health and wellbeing. Presented here is a partial collection of laws pertaining to guarding the life and health of oneself and others.
Every verse in the Torah is meant to be understood on many levels. When we look deeper into this verse, we can learn lessons that apply to all of us, even to someone who doesn’t own a house.
Understanding the mitzvah of Maakah on five levels
The Torah obligates a new homeowner to build a fence on the roof to prevent anyone from falling.
A Taste of Text—Ki Teitzei
Set up guardrails to carefully control and temper your ego.
There are houses made of bricks, and houses built of effort and accomplishment. One can “build” up a friend to be a solid edifice of G‑d-centered living, or build a network that develops into an oasis of spirituality.
A caricature of neurotic self-absorption, or the most encouraging and optimistic perspective of reality in the history of human awareness?
If the person is going to fall anyway, why should I have to take reponsibility?
Too often we build the house and assume that the “and they lived happily ever after” will just automatically happen.
Whether something good or bad has been predestined, how does G‑d choose which person should be the one to bring it about?
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