“The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.” -Salvador Dali

Since the beginning of the modern State of Israel our neighbors have continuously tried to kill us. More than a century ago Jewish pioneers came to a land of swamps and deserts and with back-breaking sacrifice created a modern miracle of terraforming.

Arabs were soon attracted to the newly habitable fertile land and have been a fairly harmful presence ever since. What has ensued is an interminable war, both from within and from outside our borders, with ebbs and flows dictated by politicians and secured by Israel’s Defense Forces.

Despite terror, despite embargoes, despite boycotts, Israel continues to grow and flourish to the chagrin, dismay and embarrassment of its neighbors. Will there ever be a time of peace? Will there ever be a time that we can sit in our land unafraid of attack, unafraid of the jealousy and hatred of those around us?

The Ohr Hachayim says “Yes!” He talks lovingly of the land of Israel. He wonders at a curious repetition of the term “secure” in the Bible (Leviticus 25:19). He then explains that it is a prophecy of future days. God is promising that in that future date, when our land will blossom and give forth fruit, our borders will become secure. We will not fear any attack. However, not only will our land be secure, but even our produce will be safe from jealous thieves, maddened by our success and accomplishment.

May we break free from the corrosive affects of jealousy and may it happen speedily in our day.

Shabbat Shalom,

Ben-Tzion

Dedication

To Israel’s farmers – the producers of the best crops in the world.