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Milchama L’Shalom

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The very title, “Milchama L’Shalom,” sounds curious and out of order. It means “a war for peace”.

Is such a thing possible?

On one hand, milchama, war, is defined by death and destruction in battle. On another unusual hand, it can be a war meant to end all wars in future, ergo… a war fought to sustain and preserve peace.

We are presently engaged in a war… a war which, in our prayers, will lead to an end to all wars but in reality, we see nothing but rampant hatred and destruction and death.

Two peoples are fighting this war. Two relatives, both children of Abraham’s children, Isaac and Ishmael.

The battleground is in Zion (that is a name for holy Jerusalem) and in the holiest place in Jerusalem, the site of the Temple Mount for Jews and the Al Aqsa mosque for Muslims.. a place claimed by and revered by both peoples.

At the end of our 1967 war, we agreed to permit the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to have full control of the Temple mount. It was, in my opinion, a grave mistake whose price has been too high.

Jews, under agreement with Jordan, are forbidden to........

© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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