King, Kohein, Levi

The Alshich connects the idea of the king and the special roles of the Kohein and Levi. On the one hand, the king is powerful and is worthy of great respect and awe. He is likely to be very wealthy. He is reminded that his power must not make him haughty so that he does not get carried away with his exalted position. He must have a Torah with him at all times as it was placed on his right arm. He must not have too many wives or too many horses. The Kohein and Levi were not permitted to own land. They were to be supported by the rest of the tribes. The other tribes were reminded not to be resentful that the Kohanim and Leviim did not have to work. Usually, they were more poor than the rest of the people. The Alshich says that it's better to be poor than rich. The proof is that the Kohanim and Leviim still enjoyed an exalted status despite the poverty. The rich have to overcome far more temptation. It is so easy for a wealthy person to forget Hashem and attribute his wealth to the work of his own hands. May Hashem give us all the strength to overcome all of the challenges put before us. Shabbat Shalom