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Behuqqothai: Why Is Peace in Israel So Elusive?

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe
Thursday, May 18, 2017/Iyyar 22, 5777

אם בחקתי תלכו ואת מצותי תשמרו ... ונתתי גשמיכם בעתם "If you walk in My statutes and keep my commandments ... then I will give you rains in their season" (Wayyiqra 26:3-4). Nations have continually tried to make peace among Israel and its neighbors, all to no avail. President after president has made "peace in the Middle East" a priority, with government representatives shuttling back and forth between the various countries, and all have failed. What is the reason?

The answer is in the Torah. G-d tells us that if we follow the path that He has laid out for us, we will be blessed with rains in their season. This is a great blessing indeed, but it doesn't end there. The Torah continues to enumerate a string of blessings that will occur if we keep G-d's commandments. The last one of all, is a promise of peace in the Land of Israel. This is the greatest blessing of all.

In other words, a peaceful existence depends on us and, in particular, on those who dwell in the Land of Israel. As long as we do not follow the teachings of His holy Torah, we should not be surprised if there is strife, Heaven forbid. But if we keep the laws of the Torah correctly, including those of Shemittah (letting the Land lie fallow) and Yobel (jubilee), which are the commandments specifically referenced here, then we can look forward to living in peace and tranquility in our Land.

(See Rabbenu Bahyei, Behuqqothai 26:3, 6)

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Bechukosai, Bechukotai, Behuqotai, Behuqqothai, peace in Israel

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