When you go out to war against your enemy...and you take captives...(Deuteronomy 21:10)
On a personal level, this refers to our Yetzer Hara (inner adversary) - the loyal opposition who we battle on a daily basis. But the goal is not to kill it. Rather, to take it captive and marshal its power to positive ends. Imagine the energy that we put into so many things we regret afterward and directing it to inner growth, acts of lovingkindness, prayer, study...
By Rabbi Michael Skobac
Rabbi Michael Skobac had been involved with Jews for Judaism (Canada) since 1989 and currently serves as its Director of Education and Counselling. He is a leading authority on missionaries, cults and issues relating to Jewish continuity and Jewish spirituality. Rabbi Skobac's publications include Missionary Impossible; Counter-Missionary Survival Guide; The DaVinci Code: A Jewish Perspetive; and Intermarriage: Is There Ligth at teh End of the Tunnel?
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