Heart, Soul, and Might

Parshat משפטים contains fifty-three of the 613 Mitzvot. These laws fall into the category of laws that are both understandable and necessary for a society to operate in an ethical and moral fashion.

The של״ה הקודש points out that the purpose of these commandments specifically and all of the Mitzvot, in general, are threefold.

If we diligently observe that which is written in the Torah, we will greatly be aided in achieving perfection if the soul. One of our life goals is simply called תקון הנפש, or fixing the soul.

The second benefit is a kind of perfection of the body as well. We will live a highly disciplined life that allows us to function at a level where we take great care not to harm the body.

And the third area is our attitude towards our possessions and how we deal in money matters. These laws guide us in protecting what we have and being certain not to harm that which belongs to others.

When all three are carefully followed, we will be able to fulfill loving Hashem בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאודך, with our soul, our hearts, and our might (property). Shabbat Shalom