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What Do We Need to Leave Behind?

Updated: Aug 3, 2022

“Moses spoke to the people saying: Arm men from among yourselves for the army…to bring Hashem’s revenge upon Midian” (Numbers 31:3).

The Hebrew word here for ‘arm’ can also mean to remove (see Deuteronomy 25:9). R’ Simcha Bunim of P’shischa explained that Moses was hinting symbolically to the idea that when going out to battle, we must remove our ‘selves’. We must get past our own egos and personal agendas - all thoughts of honor and focus only on the glory of Hashem.

This, of course, is not only about the fight against Midian in the days of Moses, but to all of our battles in life.

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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Republished by Angelique Sijbolts with permission for the Noahide Academy.

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