Sunday, July 23, 2006

A time to live and a time to die...

I was reading koheles (kohelet (ecclisiatics)) yesterday. It is one of my favorite Jewish books because it gives such perspective into life. There were 2 parts that I focused on yesterday. The first part says, "There is nothing new under the sun." He goes on, you might think that something is new, but you are wrong, it always was here and it will live on after you.


The second part that I focused on was the part where he says there is a time for everything and then lists, a time to live and a time to die, a time to uproot and a time to plant... a time for war and a time for peace.
And as I read it a couple times and noticed the strange way it was actually written (in the original hebrew of course) I realized that he is saying that every time is the time for every thing. Right now, it is both the time for was and the time for peace, the time to kill and the time to heal. You may be able to choose only one of them, but it doesn't really matter. Sometimes you will be successful and sometimes you will fail. That is not as much dependent on the choice you make as much as the way you go about trying to accomplish it.
Right now we are choosing war but only for the sake of peace. Because when Lebanon isn't there anymore, there will be no more Hizballah shooting rockets at my children. The IDf went into som Lebanese village and either wounded or found a wounded woman (that is unclear). They took the woman and her son to Tzfat hospital to help heal her. On a mission where the goal is to kill, they also took the time to heal.

I feel that using all of these concepts together and seeing a single time for each one and making the correct choice is what ultimately gives fulfillment in life. I'm proud of our soldiers.

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