Having mentioned the Mitzvah of keeping Shabbos at the beginning of the Parshah, why does the Pasuk repeat it here?


Rashi and Ramban #2 (citing Yevamo, 6a): To teach us that in spite of the Kavod of the Beis-ha'Mikdash (which the Pasuk is about to mention), one may not construct it on Shabbos. 1


Ramban #1: The Torah warns against Chilul Shabbos many times, because, like Avodah Zarah, it is equivalent to all the Mitzvos combined - and anybody who does not keep Shabbos it is as if he denies the fact that Hashem created the world, and has no Torah at all.


Seforno (on Pasuk 29): After warning against desecrating Yisrael's sanctity, the Torah issues commands to honor the days, the locations and the people that are holy. 2


See Sifsei Chachamim.


Seforno on this Pasuk: Hence "My Shabbasos" incorporates the Yamim-Tovim, and "My Mikdash", all holy places - such as Batei Midrash and Batei K'nesses.


What are the connotations of "Mikdashi Tira'u"?


Rashi: It is a Mitzvah to treat the Beis-ha'Mikdash with awe, by not entering it with one's staff, wearing shoes or a money-belt, or without first washing one's feet.

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