Dedicated to all the soldiers fighting in the current war in Eretz Yisrael ,Operation Protective Edge, as well as all those in Eretz Yisrael both readers of this D’var Torah, my close friends, family and other dear members currently in Eretz Yisrael under the threat of rockets being fired at them. May HASHEM protect you. While I wish I could be there to comfort you in this terrible time of pain for our people. Instead I am I am not but will still do my best to pray on your behalf and educate myself and the world about the current injustices Hamas has committed.

This week’s parsha opens up with HASHEM giving Pinchas a very special blessing. This blessing that Pinchas is given is a “ Covenant of shalom (peace)” (Bamidbar 25:12). The Slonimer Rebbe in his work the Netivot Shalom elaborates on the deeper meaning behind this covenant of peace. Specifically The Slonimer describes how powerful shalom, peace is. To explain the power of shalom the Slonimer Rebbe quotes a variety of source which explains how shalom is why the world exists and how it will achieve its ultimate purpose.

During the past few weeks our people has fought to preserve this life force of the world, shalom in order to make the world a better place. Whether it be praying for the protection of Eyal Yiphrah, Naftali Frenkel and Gil-ad Shayer Z’’TL before they were found murdered, praying  for the safety of our soldiers and the innocent citizens of Eretz Yisrael that HASHEM through miracles such as the iron dome will protect the citizens of Eretz Yisrael during the current war , or protesting against the injustices committed by the twisted HAMAS who killed Eyal, Gilad and Naftali or of the tremendous desecration of GOD’s name committed by the boys who murdered Mohammed Abu Kheidar we have put much effort into preserving this fundamental life force of the world, shalom.

May we all have Shalom in Eretz Yisrael with all of the Jewish people returning their GOD willing soon when the world will reach an ultimate state of shalom in the time of Moschiach may he come speedily in our days.

Good Shabbos, Shabbat Shalom, Gut Shabbes.