13 Shevat 5767, Feb. 1, 2007

Pay attention, open up and allow HaShem to speak His Words of Living Torah directly into your mind and heart...
By HaRav Ariel Bar Tzadok. Copyright (C) 2007 by Ariel Bar Tzadok. All rights reserved.

Pay attention now, for I am about to reveal to you secrets of our ancient past and of our not too distant future. 

Life is a cycle and a circle; what is, already once was and will be again.

Conflict is a course of action most choose to avoid.  But why is this so?  Conflict is one of the most natural processes in the universe.  The ultimate conclusion of conflict is resolution. This is always the case.  Resolution is the foundation of peace and stability.  Peace and stability are necessary for growth and successful living.  We all seek the end product of conflict, yet we distain the process of bringing the end about.  Is this a logical thing?

Nature teaches us that life is an ever-changing constant.  This is no contradiction.  Destruction is inevitable and yet out of destruction always comes construction.  After the devastation of volcanoes, earthquakes and storms, life bounces back, often in a stronger form than was before.  Do we say that nature is in conflict against itself?  No, such thoughts only express human foolishness. 

Nature grows by expanding and contracting.  We consider nature to be violent, but this is only our human point of view.  Nature is neither violent, nor non-violent.  Nature just is; it follows its own course, as ordained from on high.  Nature is not in conflict, we just interpret it as such.  Learn this lesson well and apply it to humanity.

Conflict in human affairs reflects the natural cycles of growth.  Individuals and societies all face conflicts on a regular basis.  When we confront conflict and interact within it wisely pursuing our best interests, in the end our best interests are met and fulfilled.  As it is in nature, so it is in the natural order for humanity.

Even in war when there is devastation and mayhem, out of the destructive conflict comes stability and a new time of peace and order.  There is a time and a purpose for all things under Heaven; a time for war and a time for peace. 

Ancient wars, recent wars and present ones will all follow this same pattern.  One side will win, one side will lose and in the end, there will be a merging and synthesis through which all prosper.  Yet, this can only come about through battle.  Only combat maintains the status of both sides.  If one side were not to fight or to surrender, that side would die and not continue after the cessation of hostilities.  This violates the natural course.

Conflict is inevitable.  It is part of growth; it is part of life.  Not only is conflict a healthy part of life, it is necessary in that it strengthens the resolve to live, survive and thrive.  Only in strength is there survival.  Only in strength can one thrive.  Conflict breeds strength.

The mighty volcano explodes and destroys all in its path.  Then is silent again.  The earth licks its wounds and is quickly healed.  Much devastation has been seen here on Earth, entire extinctions of civilizations and species.  Yet, here we are today, the byproducts and children of that which was gone long ago.

We too shall follow this path.  We are here today and we will be gone tomorrow; just like there were others here long ago before us who have gone their way and whom we no longer even remember.  In time to come, in our place will come others with their own ways of things.  They too will last their allotted time and then they too will go their way, only to be replaced by yet still others.  Thus goes the saga of life.  A time and a purpose for all things under Heaven; a time to die and a time to be born, a time to break down and a time to build up.

This is the great cycle, the secret of the supernal Sabbath and the mystery of the ancient Kings who ruled before “Hadar, King of Israel.”  First comes work, then comes rest; then the new week begins, not the same as the last.  One who is wise prepares during the week for the coming day of rest.  One who does not prepare will have nothing to eat and will not be able to rest or enjoy.

Discard your distractions, and open your hearts.  Only when your hearts are open to Heaven will your eyes then see and your ears hear.  Until then there is nothing more to say.
Shalom, Ariel Bar Tzadok

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