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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “Accepting God’s kingship.”

In order for an ox to plow, a yoke must first be placed upon it.

The ox does not voluntarily do anything good and useful out of love for its master.

Primarily, it works because it bears a yoke, because it fears its master and has no choice.

So too a person must engage in divine service as a result of accepting God’s kingship.

If he engages in Torah and mitzvot but not from a mindset of accepting the yoke, the holiness of the Torah and the mitzvot will not be upon him.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz