First posted on The Times of Israel at: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/behaalotcha-the-final-battle/
Netziv Numbers: Behaalotcha
The Final Battle
“Men are at war with each other because each man is at war with himself.” -Francis Meehan
Armed conflict has been a part of history since the birth of brothers. Any differences, be it of ideology, territory or possessions has too often led to war between peoples and groups. When cursing the people of Israel for disobedience, God declares that the Jewish people will lose their wars, as we witnessed 2,000 years ago and before.
However, when God blesses the Jewish nation, He promises that they will win their battles. But there is another statement – they need not fear future battles.
The Netziv on Numbers 10:9 explains that this can only be referring to the final battle at the prophesied “end of days”, known in Hebrew as the battle of Gog u’Magog. That will be the battle to end all battles and will usher in an era of everlasting peace. But the Netziv expands that this final battle will only end when people resolve the conflicts within their own beings and specifically when they believe in and accept God in their lives.
May we find ways to resolve our internal battles and be spared the travails of the external ones.
To our son, Eitan, on his acceptance to the Israeli Navy. We hope he will spend more time fishing than fighting.