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Is An Ideological War Winnable?

Battling the Amalekites

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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 and Consulting (ImpactfulCoaching.com). He can be reached at 212-470-6139 or at president@impactfulcoaching.com.


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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.

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