Kesher קשר: Bind This Torah on Your Hand
Updated: Mar 16
The Pharisees strapped boxes containing scripture on their hand and forehead, taking this command literally.
And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. Deut 6:6-8 ESV
But it makes more sense that this is not literal, as no one can fit the entire Torah on their hand and forehead. So what does it really mean?
The word "bind" is kashar, meaning deep connection. It can mean literally tying two things together, but it also refers to joining two souls into one.
It is used here to describe David and Jonathan's (non-physical) friendship:
The soul of Jonathan was knit [qashar] to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 1 Sam 18:1 ESV
It means to be completely open, honest, and vulnerable with each other as you both work toward a common goal (Shema Explained).
Yeshua is the Living Torah--the exact representation of the Father. He calls us into this deep relationship with Himself in everything we do. Since the hand is a vital part of our everyday activity, so Yeshua wants to be an intimate part of everything we do in life.
Thank you, Yeshua, for loving me so deeply! Thank you for wanting to be a part of everything I do. Help me to feel safe to be completely honest with you about what's going on in my heart. Help me to ask for help when and where I need it most, trusting You to meet me where I am.
Song of Songs 8:6