יְקִימְךָ ה׳ לוֹ לְעַם קָדוֹשׁ, כַּאֲשֶׁר נִשְׁבַּע-לָךְ: כִּי תִשְׁמֹר אֶת-מִצְוֹת ה׳ אֱלֹקֶיךָ, וְהָלַכְתָּ בִּדְרָכָיו. (דברים כח:ט)
The Torah says that one should “watch” to do the mitzvos and go in the ways of Hashem. The simple understanding of this is that “watching the mitvos” refers to the negative commandments—lo taaseh, and “go in the ways of Hashem” refers to the action of doing mitzvos. (See Ibn Ezra on this).
However, one may suggest a different understanding: Lishmore, can indeed include positive and negative mitzvos. And we are left to explain what besides the mitzvos is there to do? The answer is to take all the mitzvos together and come to a conclusion of what Hashem wants from us in our personal lives: To “go the way of Hashem.” This means in situations which are not outlined directly in the Torah, but one must extrapolate to come to a conclusion of what one is supposed to do, which way to go, how to negotiate the situation (See Ramban ו:יח). One of the questions that we will be asked on Rosh Hashanah besides from “did you fulfill all of your obligations?” is “were you going in the right direction?” Getting to where you are supposed to go is the final triumph of a life of Torah. This is done by going in the ways of Hashem. Let us hope ki savo that we should get there.