Thursday, November 27, 2014

War was unnecessary


"Were it not for the sin of the Golden Calf, the inhabitants of the Land of Israel would have been reconciled with the People of Israel, for the name of Gd called upon them would have aroused awe. No war would have been necessary, and the [Divine] influence would have proceeded peacefully as in the Days of Messiah."

(Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak Kook, Orot mei'Ofel: HaMilchamah 4, Naor translation)

Have a good day,


  1. I'm not sure how to understand the last part "as in the Days of Messiah" given that the Rambam indicates one of the jobs of the Messiah is to fight a war, not to mention the prophecy of the war of God and Magog.

  2. Anonymous-
    I would think Rav Kook was referring to the time after Mashiach has arrived, no?