KI TEITZE – When you go out…
The sixth section of Deuteronomy continues with Moses’ farewell address to the Jewish people. In this Address he begins with the laws governing the behaviour of Jewish soldiers when they go out to war.
“if you go out to war upon your enemies, G-d will deliver your enemy into your hands, and you will take back captives….” (21:10)
When we contend with evil, we are “going out to war.” We are “going out” of our true selves, for waging war is unnatural. Our soul’s native environment is the peaceful, infinite Divine consciousness it experienced before it entered into our body.
Since our souls originate in G-ds essence, and evil has no power against G-d’s essence, we have the upper hand over evil even before the battle has begun.
In addition, G-d only created evil in the first place in order for us to vanquish it. For both these reasons, the Torah goes on to assure us that “G-d will deliver your enemy into your hands.”
With this the Torah is teaching us that in order to win the battle against evil, we must identify with our Divine soul. We are then backed by the full power of G-d’s holiness.
Wishing you and your dear ones a Good Shabbos and a successful fulfilling week to follow PG.