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Section:  Avodah   Category: Innocent Observations
Time To Declare War?
After eight months of being stepped on and abused, being the subject of lies and rumors, a friend of mine who is one of the gentlest and mild mannered people I know, told me that he will tell the other party that he now realizes that a war is being waged against him and he is declaring war as well.  No more Mr. Nice Guy and no more will he delude himself into believing that their differences will be settled amicably.  Now he is ready to fight.

Shoteh SheBaOlam!  My dear friend you are a fool.  What will this declaration achieve for you?  Until now the other side is fighting with every dirty trick they can dream of, all this with the comfort of knowing that you are sleeping.  Can you imagine how much harder your adversary will fight when they realize you are rumbling about arising from your drunken delusional stupor?  Not only that, but your adversary has a carefully crafted war strategy and you have nothing but you hopeless innocence.  You don't begin to fathom what war even entails and you are far from prepared to carry it out.  Sorry my friend but you are no match for your adversary, certainly not with this attitude.

"Ki Seitzei LaMilchama Al Oivecha", when you wage war on your enemy (Ki Seitzei 21:1).  The Seforim HaKedoshim tell us that this enemy is the Yetzer Hara.  With the Yetzer Hara, it is war every single day of our lives.  How can we win this war against this evil genius who seems to know exactly which one of our string to pull at precisely the right moment?

The Klausenberger Rebbe once revealed his secret to success as a child in Yeshiva.  With this secret he managed to learn far more than all his friends.  What was his secret?  On the first day one kid would come in and say, this year I will learn the whole Masechta by heart.  Then the next one would then get up and declare his ambitious goals.  Down the line each one would would brag what they plan on achieving.  Me, said the Klausenberger Rebbe, I just kept quiet.  My plan was to come to yeshiva each day and learn the best I could.  Why did I end up learning more than all those who bragged, while they fell far short of their hopes and dreams?  When the Yetzer Hara heard their declarations he armed himself for war and made it his business to deter them.  With me there was nothing to bother with.  I waged war, they only declared it.

The Torah doesn't say Ki "Yachriz" Milchama Al Oivecha, when you declare war on the Yetzer Hara.  Declarations are meaningless at best and very harmful at worst.  Only when Ki Seitzei, when you keep your mouth closed and actually go out and fight the fight of your life, only then "U'Nisano Hashem Elokecha B'Yadecha", then Hashem will hand the enemy over to you and you will be victorious.

"V'Eilu Chayav L'Hachriz".  If you are only making Hachrazos or declarations, says the Mishna in Eilu Metzios, it is a clear sign that you have already lost.

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