web analytics
March 2, 2015 / 11 Adar , 5775
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post


Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Is An Ideological War Winnable?

Battling the Amalekites

Photo Credit: Fresnozionism.org

A people secure in its mission does not need to achieve spirituality and fulfillment at the expense of others. When the Torah demands that we annihilate a nation such as Amalek, it does so because of the spiritual threat that nation poses, not because we need to save its soul as part of our own redemption.

In contrast, all the nations that have sought to enhance their standing at our spiritual or physical expense have operated out of a position of core deficit. They had little positive to offer and nothing of value was proposed to fill the void, which means they would never achieve genuine contentment.

An adversary that can never be happy is an extremely dangerous enemy indeed. I offer my prayer that one day Hamas and its many Arab allies will come to echo Eisav’s words when he said, “Let what you have remain yours” – so that we can live with greater peace and security until the time of our final redemption.

About the Author: Rabbi Naphtali Hoff is an executive coach and president of Impactful Coaching & Consulting (www.ImpactfulCoaching.com). He can be reached at President@ImpactfulCoaching.com.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

12 Responses to “Is An Ideological War Winnable?”

  1. do not rebuild gaza now , people not ready. consciousness need to get higher . if no higher, allways the same misstake will happen

  2. The only thing the so called Palestinians want is for every Jew to be dead!

  3. Islam must be defeated, it’s law outlawed and Koran too. That means its state religion will cease to exist because it is the sharia that makes the Jihad and insist that its people be jihad.

  4. Guy Peters says:

    Good & True comments by Sandy & Frédérique ;
    Gaza is lucky anything if left ,let the idiot sympathizers of Hamas rebuild Gaza ,don’t spend one shekel on them !
    Apparently memshelet zadÔn doesn’t think Hamas has enough mortars ,missiles ordinance or weapons & has stated intentions to lift blockade & open Gaza to unrestricted entrance/exit ,while I know Israel won the war ,apparently the memshelet zadÔn- Knesset seems to think Hamas won (?)

  5. I read the article, but after reviewing Yaacov and Eisav, what is the conclusion? Is my english so poor?

  6. They want the death of all Jews and destruction of Israel. They told you this And they have the support of Christian Europe

  7. They want the death of all Jews and destruction of Israel. They told you this And they have the support of Christian Europe

  8. They want the death of all Jews and destruction of Israel. They told you this And they have the support of Christian Europe

  9. L’aarog et kol ha muslimim b’.Aretz .O lisloach otam l’Suri O makom acher. Ma Yoter chashuv Lo tsarichim
    Muslimim be Aretz Shelanu

  10. Offering Land ??? Offering ??? Just give them back THEIR land taken in 1967. Thanks…

  11. You know the answer. All of the things Israel does is to be ignored or incomprehensible because of cultural disabilities. Most of the world is incapable of higher order thinking when it comes to Israel and Jews.So why bother? Do what needs to be done for Israel, period.

  12. Good luck with that. Replace the words Islam, and those specific to it with “Christianity” “New Testament” “gospel” “world evangelism”. They feel as strongly about their religion as Christians do about theirs and there is as much likelihood of Muslims putting their religion aside as Christians (or any religion) putting aside theirs. The interesting thing is that Islam and Christianity have expressed their faiths very similarly throughout history, especially toward Jews, taking time about regarding tolerance and intolerance.

Comments are closed.

Current Top Story
Americans have a more favorable view of Netanyahu than they do of Obama.
Americans’ Favorable View of Netanyahu at Record High, Says Gallup Poll
Latest Indepth Stories
UGANorthCampusSign

The University of Georgia Student Government Association called for more investment in Israel.

Middle-East-map

Without an alliance comparable to ISIS, Al Qaida & Iran, militant Islam will conquer the Middle East

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prays at the Western Wall ahead of his speech next week at the US Congress.

Ultimately, Esther, Netanyahu, and we, the Jewish people, must and will rely on the true King, God, for our salvation from this genocidal threat.

Netanyahu carried his message to Americans through the media after meeting with President Obama and castigating Iran at the UN. (September 30, 2013)

Netanyahu addresses a clear, present & lethal threat to the US/Israel/WORLD; NOT political bickering

Buried in the tax-returns of the JCF is millions of dollars funneled to NIF in the last few years.

Bibi’s speech to Congress will bring respect and honor to the Jewish Nation from the US & the world

Obama & Putin have handwriting/signature clues indicating differences between public & private life

It’s time for a new Jewish policy regarding Ramallah, NOT just because of the yarmulke incident

“GETT’s” being screened for Israeli Rabbinical Court judges at their annual convention.

If Jackson were alive he’d denounce Democratic party’s silence towards virulent anti-Semitism

Victim of Palestinian Arab terrorism, a victor in NY federal court, after years of being ignored by Justice Dept.

March 2013: Arabs hurled stones hitting the Biton’s car; Adele’s mother swerved the car-into a truck

The real issue is that in many respects the president has sought to recalibrate American values and our system of government.

More Articles from Rabbi Naphtali Hoff
PURIM!

A central concept in any discussion about happiness is achieving clarity. “Ain simcha ela k’hataras hasefeikos” – there is no joy as that experienced with the removal of doubt.

Sarah Schenirer

Great leaders like Miriam and like Sarah Schenirer possess the capacity to challenge the status quo that confronts them.

He ruthlessly crushed the revolt, and, despite lacking official Roman sanction, ordered the rebel leaders put to death without trial.

Where did this incredible strength come from? What drove these Jews, who had nearly lost all of their national identity and spiritual connectivity, to risk their lives by standing up against one of the strongest and most fearsome governments of its time?

Of all the Jewish holidays, I would say Sukkos is far and away the least appreciated.

While there is no formula that will work for everyone, there are some strategies that if followed carefully and consistently can help our children – and us – gain the most from the upcoming school year.

“If Israel’s offering of land, economic improvements, and even autonomy will not help, what will?”

For breaking his oath of allegiance, Tzidkiyahu was forced to witness the death of his sons before he himself was blinded and exiled to Babylon.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/is-an-ideological-war-winnable/2014/08/07/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: