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A person can live from day to day, or he or she can have a clear goal in life. For such a person, every major decision is made in terms of that goal. Some people are so strongly and pure-heartedly focused on their goal that even apparently minor decisions and ordinary, everyday activities are firmly directed towards their aim and hope in life.
The same can apply to an entire people. Throughout their history, the Jewish people have had a series of goals which interconnect with each other. This Shabbat we find two of the central goals linking together. The first concerns the weekly Torah reading.
Peace by Choice
Disaster is the parent of opportunity. When the normal and routine are shattered, when calm and confidence are shaken, the patterns of life are altered and new opportunities are born.
It remains to us to convert these opportunities into reality. It remains to us to grasp that, if we permit it, even dark clouds can bear a sliver lining.
In May of 1967 the worldwide Jewish community joined in unprecedented unity to face the grave danger that threatened the land of Israel. Long-standing fissures that had splintered our community were, for the moment, dismissed. The enemy did not discriminate; he threatened us all, and this brought us together.