The Mitzvah of wearing T’fillin is mentioned in the Torah four times; twice in the book of Exodus and twice in Deuteronomy. These four sections are written out and contained in the T’fillin. In the Hand T’fillin they are all written on one scroll, whereas in the Head T’fillin they are written on four separate scrolls and inserted into four separate compartments.
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One of the most significant sections of this week’s parsha is Moses’ repetition of the Ten Commandments (more accurately, the Ten Statements) that were mentioned for the first time in the book of Exodus.
“You are holding on to both heads [ends] of the rope.” The rope is a metaphor for a connection. Moses wanted both connections: the connection he had to his people that engendered their atonement and survival, and the connection to the Land of Israel, because of its optimal level of Mitzvah observance, which is our rope and lifeline to G-d. G-d informed him, you can only have one end of the rope at the present moment.
Since it is said of the Jewish people that “they are My slaves,” and since “One who acquires a slave has acquired for himself a master,” G-d must fulfill the will of His “master” (the Jewish people), and the will of the Jewish people is to get out of exile!
We cannot, therefore, afford to be like the poor man who begs for salvation. According to the Midrash, G-d’s asking Moses to utilize his chutzpah was actually reserved for the present day and age.