Annexation or Peace ?

What an exciting beginning to chodesh Ellul!

Our Parsha speaks about expansion of the Land, but the Ramban reminds us that is 100% contingent on  our fulfilling our obligations of keeping the Torah as it was given to us - keeping our end of the Covenant.Our job as a People is to be a 'Light unto the Nations' - not to 'muscle' our "territorial rights.' Actually , we have no 'rights' as such.We are reminded of this every 7 years, and soon , b'ezer haShem every 50th.

The Chazal teach us that every 'machloke shehu l'Shem shamayim will endure.I have no doubt that the Holy Satmar Rebbe ztz'l in Olam Hemes rejoices with us.Even as much as he disagreed in principle with so many great Rabanan of his time, all would agree that seeking true and lasting peace has always been the way of our Fathers.

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