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Ki Teitzei: Are Jews Warriors?

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Published on: 9/06/14

Is going to war a Jewish thing? 

One would think not. As a famous comedian once put it: “Left to themselves in a world of peace, the worst Jews would ever do to people is debate them to death.” 

Jews don’t do war. Jews do intellectual exercises, academics, accounting, medicine, mergers and acquisitions, real estate, and other such work that won’t make their mothers yell at them for getting their hands dirty before dinner. 

Nevertheless, though one would think that Jews abhor war and run away from it like from a lobster lunch on Yom Kippur, it seems that we have always been at war. What does this mean? And, if so, how can we ensure victory? 

The answer lies in this week’s Torah reading which teaches us to go out and fight the good fight. We are guaranteed victory because, even as we fight, we rise above our enemy. 

This week, on Thursday, we will mark 13 years since 9/11. So this is a very good week to learn how to obliterate the evils of the world once and for all.

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