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The torah has these two Posukim right next to each other: Dovarim 4:2 has:

לא תספו על הדבר אשר אנכי מצוה אתכם ולא תגרעו ממנו לשמור את מצות ה׳ אלקיכם …‏

And 4:4 has:

ואתם הדבקים בה׳ אלקיכם חיים כלכם היום

What is the connection?

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closed as not a real question by Isaac Moses, msh210 Aug 2 '12 at 22:15

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Actually there is an intervening pasuk. Perhaps that affects the pshat. – Double AA Aug 2 '12 at 19:31
@msh210 Does meta.judaism.stackexchange.com/a/1086/2 apply here? – Isaac Moses Aug 2 '12 at 21:40
@IsaacMoses IMO yes: it's closureworthy. What do you think? – msh210 Aug 2 '12 at 21:46
@msh210 I'd say yes. It's not clear from within the question where it's coming from. If the two verses were actually adjacent, I suppose one could ask how they work together, but to make it a good question, it would still be better to add some context and why you think that the juxtaposition is noteworthy. Given that they're not actually adjacent, there's a lot more work to do to make it clear that this question is worth asking before you know an answer. – Isaac Moses Aug 2 '12 at 22:11
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The Sipurno connects the Pesukim as follows:

Don't subtract- don't think that when the reason for the issur goes away that you can do the issur (like Shlomo haMelech)

Your eyes see what Hashem did concerning baal peor- the original plan of those that followed baal peor was only for z'nus. They rationalized that z'nus is only assure because it may lead to avodah zara, that won't happen to us.

Everyone that went after baal peor- to be mezane, Hashem destroyed. Not one of them was able to guard himself.

But you who clung to Hashem are all alive today- You used your chochmah to guard from avoda zara (by not rationalizing the mitzva)

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Reb Bunim from Psheischa answers that if you look in the world you will see the people empty of Torah, (that is those who do not study - that means they are not 'דבקים בה) are the ones who have added to the Torah. They have extra Chumros to show the world that they are holy. It is those that study, who live the regular life, who do not need to come on to additional Chumros to prove to the world their holiness. Hence he says one Posuk is placed next to the other to illustrate this point.

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I have edited to clarify what I think is your meaning. – Avrohom Yitzchok Aug 2 '12 at 19:07
@AvrohomYitzchok Good edit. – Seth J Aug 2 '12 at 20:00

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