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    The secret weapon – Chukkat

    A verse in the Torah reading says, “Thus is it written in the Books of the Wars of the Lord” (Num. 21:14).

    The Book of the Wars of the Lord is one of those books that are mentioned in the Scriptures but have never been found.

    It is understood allegorically by Rabbi Meir Shapira of Lublin, who used to say, “The nations of the world have military records which list their troops and their triumphs but what we Jews have is the notion that when God has a war to fight, His weapon is a book.

    “The book with which God wages war against evil is the Torah which describes the Almighty’s purposes for the world and the principles of justice, peace and truth which specify the ideals which He intends will become the tenets of the Divine Utopia.”

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