Victory In A Peaceful War
By Rabbi Zushe Kohn
nearly a decade has passed since the Rebbe instructed us to learn inyanei
Geula and Moshiach, explaining that it is the fastest and easiest way
to bring about the Redemption, many of the Rebbe’s teachings on the subject
remain difficult to comprehend. The Rebbe, of course, provided us with all the
information necessary to comprehend his teachings, but we have to do our part in
studying and analyzing it until these teachings are thoroughly understood.
this objective in mind, we present our readers with the first in a series of
articles discussing and considering important concepts related to Moshiach, with
the intent of clarifying some of the Rebbe’s more enigmatic statements.
Readers are invited and encouraged to email their questions, explanations, and
perspectives addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org to be included, G-d willing, in
future articles in this series. Whenever possible the author will offer his own
resolutions to the questions posed.
In Seifer HaSichos 5752, page
110, column 2, the Rebbe MH"M says, "We see that in various respects
Moshiach has already been — and continues to be — victorious in fighting the
wars of Hashem. Moreover, he succeeds in fighting these wars in a peaceful
What is meant by "peaceful" warfare?
In what respects has Moshiach been victorious (and continues to be victorious)
in his peaceful wars?
We must first understand the nature of
the wars of Hashem that Moshiach fights. "Wars of Hashem" means the
struggle to establish Hashem’s sovereignty over the entire world. Although
this struggle can assume the form of real war (as has often been the case), it
essentially refers to any form of struggle against the concealment of G-dliness.
we can understand the expression "peaceful war (of Hashem)." David
HaMelech says of the Torah, "Her ways are ways of pleasantness, and all her
paths are peace." Likewise, our Sages state, "the Torah was given for
no other purpose than to make peace in the world." Indeed, the Tanach and
Talmud are replete with references to the Torah as the embodiment of peace.
Hence, the peaceful-war victories of Moshiach refers to his success in
illuminating the evil and darkness of our world with the light and warmth of the
explained the meaning of peaceful warfare we can now proceed to answer the
second question: In what areas do we see the peaceful victories of Moshiach?
of the first things that comes to mind is the incredible downfall of the mighty
Soviet empire. Logic and history both dictate that the downfall of a ruthlessly
evil Communist regime can only be accomplished through a revolution involving
much loss of life. Yet, in this case, it happened without bloodshed because
there weren’t even two sides fighting each other. The entire country,
including most of the Soviet army and police, as well as most of the Communist
leaders, simply decided that tyranny, totalitarianism, and the oppression of
human rights simply could not go on.
can be no doubt that this transformation was the result of Torah and mitzvos.
Nor can there be any denial that the Rebbe was responsible for the continued
observance of Torah and mitzvos during the dark days of Soviet
oppression. Indeed, 25 years before this astounding event occurred, the Rebbe
declared that when Russia will fall, everyone will know that it was Moshiach who
brought it down.
scene repeated itself in various countries during the past decade. Just recently
it happened in Yugoslavia, and it appears to be happening in Syria and Iran.
area in which we see Moshiach’s victories in his peaceful wars of Hashem is on
the theological front. In stark contrast with the past, non-Jews today are eager
to hear the word of G-d as transmitted by Jews. Moreover, gentiles today view
violence, war, and racism as unacceptable, and strive instead to attain peace,
harmony, and friendship within the international community.
could be written on the subject of the awesome and unprecedented transformations
being wrought by the Rebbe MH"M. For now, though, we have merely scratched
the surface with the above few examples.