Swords to ploughshares, or swords to plowshares, is a concept in which military weapons or technologies are converted for peaceful civilian applications.
“Many peoples shall come and say, “Come, let us go up to the mountain of the lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.” For out of Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more. –
The plowshare is often used to symbolize creative tools that benefit humankind, as opposed to destructive tools of war, symbolized by the sword, a similar sharp metal tool with an arguably opposite use.
In addition to the original Biblical Messianic intent, the expression “beat swords into ploughshares” has been used by disparate social and political groups.
An ongoing example as of 2013 is the dismantling of nuclear weapons and the use of their contents as fuel in civilian electric power stations, the Megatons to Megawatts Program Nuclear Fission development, originally accelerated for World War II weapons needs, has been applied to many civilian purposes since its use at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, including electricity.
And in the news today:
Israeli defense company begins production of thousands of advanced ventilators
Israeli Defense Ministry official: “The decision to leverage the impressive capabilities of our defense industry that is capable of quality production, in record time, of anything—whether it is unmanned aerial systems or ventilators—is paying off and will enable us to reach the goal set.”
Israeli defense company Elbit Systems has set up a new production line to make thousands of advanced ventilators for hospitals in recent days.
The production line at Elbit Systems Land Division in Ramat Hasharon is on track to producing 3,000 ventilators by the end of May.
“We have enough production workers, whom we will place on the new manufacturing line,” said the source.
A little more than three weeks ago, Elbit turned to the Defense Ministry’s Directorate for Defense Research and Development (DDR&D) and asked how it could help the national response effort. A few days later, the Defense Ministry put it in touch with entrepreneurs—one of whom who had designed a small, compact ventilator, which the Defense Ministry had eyed years ago as a potential battlefield health system for soldiers.
Teams from Elbit Systems Land Division and LifeCan Medical worked together to map out all aspects involved in turning the working prototype that was approved by the Israeli health authorities into a production-ready device.
Elbit tapped into its global operation infrastructure to perform fast acquisition of all the necessary parts. In the meantime, it also used 3D printing to manufacture a number of components and test out how they assemble together.
Elbit received initial approval from the Standards Institution of Israel, which is vital for producing medical machines, as well as a safety approval from the Defense Ministry. The ventilation system must be able to sound an alert if problems arise and prove that it does not interfere with other medical systems, the source explained.
Earlier this month, Israel Aerospace Industries Systems Missiles Space group began churning out hospital ventilators.
Meanwhile, various IDF units are working on developing applicable solutions to assist the civilian population. The Israeli Navy’s Commando Unit, Shayetet 13, has called on its extensive experience in scuba diving and independent compression of oxygen gas into tanks.
“Over the past few weeks, a number of teams from Shayetet 13 have developed a solution for civilians who are in need of oxygen tanks for medicinal purposes,” the IDF announced on Sunday.
In recent days, the IDF’s role in assisting the civilian sphere has continued to grow. On Monday, personnel from the Defense Ministry and Home Front Command, as well as the Health Ministry, began screening Israelis arriving on specially authorized international flights. The defense establishment is now in charge of placing all arrivals at hotels used as isolation centers immediately upon landing for a 14-day period.
Swords into Plowshares? Signs of the Messiah. See for yourself !
Since Corona, Jewish Practice has been turned upside down on its head, maybe this little joke will give us some ideas:
A Good Smoke
Cecil and Morris are walking to services. Cecil asks, “I wonder whether it would be all right to smoke while praying?”
“Why don’t you ask the rabbi?” says Morris.
Cecil sees Rabbi Golden and asks, “Rabbi, is it permissible for me to smoke while I pray?”
“No, you may not. That’s utterly disrespectful to our tradition!” answers the rabbi.
Cecil goes back to his friend and tells him what the good Rabbi told him.
“I’m not surprised. You asked the wrong question. Let me try.”
Morris goes over to the rabbi and asks, “Rabbi, would it be ok if I prayed while I smoke?”
To which Rabbi Golden eagerly replies, “By all means, my good man. By all means.”