Tuesday, July 13, 2021

You should have only one concern

“At that time, when you were to go forth to take possession of a land inhabited by mighty men experienced in warfare, I did not drill you in the use of weapons. I did not make you study plans of war and military strategy. I did not make you replenish your arms and other materials of war. I did not appoint captains or generals for you. Even at the moment when you are about to subdue nations and conquer lands, you should have only one concern; how to realize the Law of God in your own midst as faithfully and punctiliously as possible. The observance of God’s moral law is sufficient to conquer the world. Let Israel only attain the standard set by the ideal of its Divinely-ordained purpose and leave it to God to defend its position before the world.”


Rav Samson Raphael Hirsch, Devarim 1: 18.

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