Sunday, May 18, 2008

The Torah's Peace Process

This week's parshah, Bechukotai, details the idea of peace; how to achieve it, and what it entails.

How to achieve it:

ויקרא 26:3 - אם בחקתי תלכו ואת מצותי תשמרו ועשיתם אתם

Vayikra 26:3 - If you will go in the ways of my laws, and observe my commandments and you will do them

The result:

ויקרא 26:6 - ונתתי שלום בארץ, ושכבתם ואין מחריד, והשבתי חיה רעה מן הארץ, וחרב לא תעבר בארצכם

Vayikra 26:6 - And I will give peace in the land, and you will lie down and there will be none to frighten you, and I will make cease evil animals from the land, and no sword shall come in to your land.

Further results:

ויקרא 26:7 - ורדפתם את איביכם, ונפלו לפניכם לחרב

Vayikra 26:7 - And you shall pursue your enemies, and they shall fall before you by the sword.


If we keep the Torah, Eretz Yisrael will be completely safe, with no enemies threatening us. Nonetheless, that does not necessarily mean that there will be no further war. In our days, that means essentially no conflict: No worries of terrorists, and no worries of incoming missiles. May we all merit achievement of this peace by way of teshuvah from love and not fear.


  1. Exactly, great post. The only problem is that what we think is Torah has been replaced with something else. Namely Judaism. What a sad mistake. You are correct 1000%, that if we returned to Torah, we would have peace, world peace that is. But as a dog returns to his vomit, so does a fool return to his foolishness. We, even as the prophets continually tell us, blew it. But we don't correct it, why? Erev Rav has such a strangle hold on us. It's impossible to correct. But if we sacrifice the 'red cow' then we get rid of Erev Rav. Since Erev Rav has control of who does that, it will never happen, therefore we are in this mess for a while yet. What have we become?

  2. The end of the Erev Rav is approaching.

  3. May it be soon. Shavua Tov