OPINION & COMMENT
Few things so highlight the depth of our golus as the
way the rhythms of life of the non-Jewish world affect us.
For many of those who live in chutz la'aretz it is
hard these days to escape the dominant spirit of the
beginning of August, the dog-days of summer, the time the
whole world (or at least the Northern Hemisphere) thinks
about relaxing a little.
The following was posted on the door of the Talmud Torah in Kelm during the month of Elul by the Alter from Kelm.
Chazal say that on Rosh Hashana we should say pesukim of malchiyos, "so that you may accept My reign over you." If we analyze the necessary conditions for the rule of an earthly king, we realize that he can only rule if all his people are united in allegiance and service to this king.
The medrash (Medrash Rabbah Eikev parsha 3:7), continues its comments on the posuk at the beginning of parshas Eikev (7:9), " . . . [then] Hashem your G-d will guard the covenant and the kindness for you that He promised to your forefathers," with the following parable.
Gadlus and Gaava
"Lest his heart rise in haughtiness above his brothers" -- "The Torah hints here at the prohibition of pride, for it seeks to prevent this [trait from developing towards one's fellow man]. So much more so should a common person not be haughty towards his fellow man since there is no warrant for it" (Ramban).
Militarism Leads To Juvenile
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