Peace Now and Forever

Before saying anything that would be perceived original or editorial license, we thought it only proper to give over the following paragraph from the Torah. The timeless reality is that there is nothing that could be closer to the truth or even a solution outside of this instructional command to the Jewish people (the nation of Israel). So please read the following paragraph and think about it for a minute. Obviously, if you don't believe in G-d and you don't believe that the Torah (the Bible) is true (every letter, every word, every thought is coming from the Highest of High Places), then you could have an endless, circular discussion about almost anything. Our suggestion to that sort of mindset is look in the mirror and start talking. When you have nothing else to say, then we can talk.

The Torah B'midbar (Numbers) parashas Mas'e chapter 33, lines 50-56

And the All-mighty spoke to Moshe (Moses) in the plains of Mo'av by the Yarden (Jordan River) near Yerecho (Jericho), saying, Speak to the children of Yisra'el (Israel), and say to them, When you pass over the Yarden (Jordan River) into the land of Kana'an (Canaan); then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their figured pavements, and destroy all their molten images, and devastate all their high places: and you shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell in it: for I (G-d All-mighty) have given you the land to possess it. And you shall divide the land by lot (divine lottery) for an inheritance among your families: and to the more (greater populous) you shall give the more inheritance, and to the fewer you shall give the less inheritance: every man's inheritance shall be in the place where his lot falls; according to the tribes of your fathers you shall inherit. But if you will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those whom you allow to remain of them (the indigenous, idolatrous pagans) shall be as thorns in your eyes, and stings in your sides, and shall severely harass you in the land wherein you dwell. Moreover (if you don't obey this order) it shall come to pass, that I (G-d) shall do to you, as I (G-d) intended to do to them.

Time, time, time, and more time. Jewish exile and dispersion from the Holy Land, assimilation, oppression, war, holocaust, miraculous reinstatement of the Jewish people with their own government in the Holy Land, politics, politics, and more politics. Here we are. Please read the above Torah portion again.

Solutions for a seemingly impossible situation are closer and far more practical than many good and wise people think. Therefore to avoid being to creative and just another talking head my suggestion is to please read the following excerpts from:

The Torah Devarim (Deuteronomy) parashas VaEthchanan chapter 7, line 2

When the Al-mighty delivers them (these nations) to you and you conquer them, you must utterly destroy them, not making a covenant or treaty with them, no favor or consideration shall be given them.

The Torah Devarim (Deuteronomy) parashas Eikev chapter 11, lines 8-9

Therefore so you shall observe (live it, be it, love it) all the commandments that I (The Al-Mighty) command you this day (forever onward), so that you will be strong, and go on in and possess the Land which you are crossing (the River Jordon to) occupy. You therefore will then prolong your time on the Land that G-D Al-Mightly swore to your forefathers to give it (forever) to them and their seed (offspring), a land "flowing with milk and honey".

It seems to me the above paragraph is quite clear and simplistic. Do note that to live in the Holy Land is to be married to the Land in a very real way. The Holiest of Lands is the best environment for the Holiest of People (the Nation of Israel in there Torah observant way of life). This match made in Heaven brought down to earth clearly has demands upon the People of Israel as does any peaceful, good and productive marriage. It also reads:

The Torah Devarim (Deuteronomy) parashas Eikev chapter 11, line 12

A Land that the Al-Mighty seeks out, cares for and is under His scrutiny; the eyes of the Al-Mighty your G-D are always upon it at every moment in time, from the year's beginning until the year's end (every year).

The Torah Devarim (Deuteronomy) parashas Eikev chapter 11, lines 13-25

And it shall come to pass, if you hearken diligently to my commandments that I command you this day, to love the Lord your G-d and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul (this includes material possessions), that I will give you the rain of your land in its due season, the early rains (fall) and the late rains (spring), that you may gather in your grain, and your wine, and your oil. And I will provide grass in your fields for your cattle, that you may eat and be satisfied. Be careful that your heart be not tempted, seduced and decieved, and you turn aside (go astray), and serve other gods (desires), and worship them. Then the G-d Al-mighty's anger will be inflamed against you, and he will seal up the heavens so that there be no rain, and that the land will not give forth its crops; and you will perish (and banished) quickly from off the good land which the G-d Al-mighty gives you. You shall place these words of Mine upon your heart and upon your soul. You shall bind them for a sign upon your arm, and let them be as frontlets between your eyes (in the center of your head). You shall teach them to your children, speaking of them when you sit in your home, when travelling on the road, when you lie down to rest, and when you arise. And you shall write them (these laws on parchments) and attach them to the door posts of your home, and to your gates. By doing this you will prolong your life, and the life of your children, upon the land that the Lord swore to your forefathers (promising) that He would to grant it to them, as long as heavens are above the earth.

If you shall carefully observe and keep all these commandments which I command you today, to do them, and you cause yourself to love G-d Al-mighty, to walk in all his ways, and attach yourself to him; then G-d Al-mighty will drive out all these nations from before you, and you will expel greater and mightier nations than yourselves. Every place where the sole of your foot will tread will belong to you: from the wilderness (desert) to the Lebanon, from the river Euphrates until the western (Mediterranean) sea will be your border. No man will be able to stand up against you: for the Al-mighty your G-d will place the fear and the dread of you upon the entire face of the earth where you will travel, just as He has promised you.

Please keep in mind that positive energy, thoughts, and actions beget positive energy, thoughts, and actions. Clearly the following brief words should always stand by you and help to inspire you to be strong and to do what is good and right.

Reb Shlomo Carlebach used to say in the name of Reb Nachman that it's a mitzvah to always be joyful (b'simcha) even in the face of what appears to be the most difficult of times. Reb Shlomo also said: when making a decision consider whether G-d would approve, or when going somewhere should G-d be here doing this, will it elevate the moment now and forever? Rebbe Eliezer (the Baal Shem Tov's father) always told his son that he is never ever alone because G-d is always with us, and to never forget--even for a second--that thought.

Qohelet (Ecclesiastes) King Solomon (Shlomo Hamelech) chapter 12, lines 12-14

And furthermore, my son, be admonished (be warned): of creating many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh (intellectual pursuit without action). In the end when all has been said and done: Fear G-d, and keep his commandments (instructions for living): for that is the whole duty of man. For G-d Al-mighty shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing revealed, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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