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Section:  Avodah   Category: Olam HaTorah
Parshas Eikev: Chofetz Chaim - When The Enemy Takes Away Your Ammunition
הִשָּׁמְרוּ לָכֶם פֶּן יִפְתֶּה לְבַבְכֶם וְסַרְתֶּם, וַעֲבַדְתֶּם אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים, watch yourself that your heart does not persuade you and turn and worship Avodah Zara (Eikev 11:16).  Rashi says that וְסַרְתֶּם means to turn from Torah which will lead you straight to Avodah Zara.  

Chazal tell us that the Yetzer Hara works in very slow and deliberate increments turning you from Hashem one baby step at a time.  How could Rashi say that the pasuk is telling us that stopping to learn Torah will lead us to the worst aveira of Avoda Zara in one fell swoop? 

Rav Elchonon Wasserman relates a Mashal from the Chofetz Chaim.  In war when one side wins a battle over the enemy it doesn't guarantee that the war is over.  The other side can lift itself off the floor to win the next battle and ultimately win the war.  However if when victorious in battle one side manages to take away all the ammunition from their opponent, then the war is over.

Similarly with our war against the Yetzer Hara he may win many battles, but the war is not over.  He carefully fights many small battles until we find ourselves weak and trapped in the web that he has woven around us. Yet we can still ultimately save ourselves and be victorious because we have the greatest weapon of all, the Torah.  However once he wrestles the Torah away from us we have no chance.  As soon as we turn from the Torah we fall straight into the hands of Avodah Zara.