Sharona Margolin Halickman

The blessings that are being fulfilled

Photo Courtesy Sharona Halickman

During this critical time in Israel, we are anticipating some of the blessings that were promised in Parshat Bechukotai, while others have already started to come to fruition in recent months.

There is no doubt that we are still waiting for the peace and tranquility that are described in Vayikra 26:6:

I will grant peace in the land and you shall lie down untroubled by anyone; I will give the land respite from vicious beasts, and no sword shall cross your land.

There are still many parts of the country where one can’t sleep peacefully as there are incoming rocket alerts from Hamas and Hezbollah.

Rashi explains that not only will we have peace, but no enemies will even cross into the Land of Israel to wage war with other countries.

We are definitely looking forward to the time when there will be no terrorists in Israel!

Part of what is described in verses 7-8 is already taking place in our time:

You will pursue your enemies and they will fall before you by the sword. Five of you will pursue one hundred and one hundred will pursue ten thousand, and your enemies will fall before you by the sword.

This is reminiscent of how fearless the Israeli soldiers were on October 7 and how heroic they are fighting in Gaza, on the border of Lebanon and in Judea and Samaria today.

On Shmini Atzeret morning, when word spread that there was an incident taking place on the border of Gaza, multitudes of brave men and women, many of  whom were not currently in active duty mobilized to see how they could help.

While about 2500 Hamas terrorists broke through the border into Israel, the Israelis defeated the majority of them. Many soldiers were able to eliminate 10-20 Hamas terrorists singlehandedly.

For fourteen hours, Elchanan Kalmanson z”l and his team saved over 100 people at Kibbutz Be’eri.

Oz Davidian, a civilian with a pickup truck drove back and forth from morning until night and saved more than 120 people who were attending the Nova festival.

Rashi explains that when it says “and your enemies shall fall” it means that they will fall in a supernatural way.

The recent Varzaqan helicopter crash in Iran which killed everyone on board including their president, foreign minister and governor general seems to fit into the category of metaphysical as the accident took place about a month after Iran launched 300 standoff weapons toward Israel including 170 drones, 30 cruise missiles, and 120 ballistic missiles with 99% being intercepted along the way!

We see that some of the blessings are already being fulfilled. May we see all of the positive aspects of Parshat Bechukotai come to fruition, starting with restoring peace in Israel and may all of the hostages come home.

About the Author
Sharona holds a BA in Judaic Studies from Stern College and an MS in Jewish Education from Azrieli Graduate School, Yeshiva University. Sharona was the first Congregational Intern and Madricha Ruchanit at the Hebrew Institute of Riverdale, NY. After making aliya in 2004, Sharona founded Torat Reva Yerushalayim, a non profit organization based in Jerusalem which provides Torah study groups for students of all ages and backgrounds.
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