Torah is not another language out there – it’s a totally different way of thinking, mindset, vocabulary and concepts, and total lifestyle. It’s literally otherworldly. Very different from the ways and thinking of This World.
Using the reshimo of Chanukah still with us, consider, for example, how all nations of This World celebrate military victory: military parades, aircraft flybys in impressive formations, displays of tanks and other massive weaponry – in short: by a show of force. On Chanukah, we too celebrate a military victory of the Maccabees – by lighting candles.
In fact, Hashem warns us of such awe, idolatry, and faith in military force.
“In order to test you to better you at the End of Days [i.e. our generation]. And you said in your heart ‘My power and the strength of my hand have gotten me this valor’. And you will remember Hashem your God, because He is Who gives you the power to do valor in order to establish His covenant which He swore to your Fathers, as it is this day” (Devarim 8: 16-18).
If only we completely overhauled the present military philosophy of the IDF to that of faith and Torah. Finally back in Eretz Yisrael after 2000 years, Am Yisrael needs an army like King David’s army. Not just an army with a Jewish majority, but a Jewish army by Torah standards which (and this is the most important and key factor: ) would have Hashem’s grace.
If we use Torah as our sole guide, we would also have a better understanding of our current situation – an understanding which would automatically provide us with the way, the key, the secret to success and security:
The Book of Joshua 13: 2-3 says, “This is the land [within Eretz Yisrael] that yet remains: All the circles of the Plishtim (Palestinians?), and all the Geshuri…the five lords of the Plishtim, of Gaza…” Then 15: 63 defines the Arabs of East Jerusalem as the Yevusi, and the Canaanites in Judea and Samaria (16: 10) and of northern Israel (17: 12).
So, why are they here? Well, the answer’s there too:
“In order to try through [the nations left in Israel] the Israelites, whether they keep the way of Hashem, to walk therein as their fathers kept it, or not. And Hashem left these gentiles…And these are the gentiles that Hashem left to test Israel through them…The five lords of the Plishtim (Palestinians?), and all the Canaanites, and the Sidonites” (Judges 2: 22-23 through 3:3).
We have our own way & that, being Torah, is the way we need to go.
How about it, Am Yisrael? How about we pass the test – and with flying colors?