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The Formula For Peace
BY RABBI JAMES I. GORDON-
Special to The Jewish News
The well known threefold
priestly blessing forms the central
theme of a lengthy scriptural
reading for this Sabbath:
"The Lord bless thee and keep
thee, the Lord make his face to
shine upon thee, and be gracious
unto thee, the Lord lift up His
countenance upon thee and grant
thee peace" (Numbers 6:24-26).
The priestly benediction is not
only a blessing but a formula
which leads to the ultimate bless-
ing of peace.
What are the components? The
first is yevoreheha — May He
bless thee. Broha generally refers
to an abundance of material ad-
vantages. We pray that God may
grant us enough food, adequate
shelter and all other physical
needs which man requires.
When poverty exists as a class
then peace cannot become a
reality. Peace can be realized only
when the community within the
society in which we live can enjoy
an adequate standard of life.
In Hebrew the Word for war is
milhamah, the root of which is
lehem. War is a product of the
struggle to secure bread, food, and
the material needs of the body.
Attached to this opening blessing
is v'yishmereha. "Shmira" in this
sense means protection or secu-
rity. A society governed in justice
which is cognizant of human
rights and protects the rights of
the individual. If our freedom is
endangered, our democratic proc-
ess insecure, then peace will
never be achieved.
In the second blessing, the
kohanim plead the Almighty be-
stow upon us the or Hashem, the
light of God - wisdom. The usual
translation of vihuneka - be gra-
cious unto you, is derived from the
root hen, meaning charm and
graciousness. However, our Sages
saw in this word as being derived
from hinuh - training and learn-
ing. Thus the prayer appeals for
God to educate us. We have need
for God's wisdom in order to for-
Numbers 4:21 - 7:89.
mulate for ourselves a life guided
by morality and ethics. Greed and
avarice, coveting what others
have, dishonesty in personal and
business relationships are all
causes for man not being at peace
with himself and with others.
The last phrase of this three
part benediction is veyasem l'ha
sholom - often incorrectly trans-
lated as "may He grant you
peace." This is not quite precise.
The correct translation should
read "may He set peace before
you." Peace is never granted. It
may be set before us, but we have
to earn it, we have to struggle for
it, we have to deserve it.
The psalmist tells us "seek
peace and pursue it." It must be
actively pursued and one must
recognize the formula within the
blessing to achieve it. It boils
down to freedom from want and
freedom from fear, positive train-
ing and knowledge of the Lord.
`Opens Mideast Window'
London (JTA) — British De-
puty Foreign Minister Richard
Luce said last week he believes
that "a window of opportunity"
is opening for Middle East Peace
talks that would be "wise to
In a press briefing with
JewiSh and Israeli journalists in
advance of next month's official
London visit by Israeli Foreign
Minister Yitzhak Shamir, Luce
said the peace process had
reached an important stage.
thanks to the recent rapproach-
ment between Jordan and the
Palestine Liberation Organiza-
tion and "some positive points"
about a dialogue which had re-
cently been made by Premier
Luce, who had earlier held
talks in London with Jordan's
King Hussein, said the King
was "very determined that pro-
gress should be made."
While emphasizing the
strength of UK-Israeli relations,
especially on the cultural and
commercial levels, Luce admit-
ted there were disagreements
over what he termed "the occu-
pied territories." He was par-
ticularly critical of the estab-
lishment of Jewish settlements
there, describing them as not
conducive to achieving a politi-
cal solution of the conflict.
He also feels that because of
Israeli rule in these territories,
the living conditions of its Arab
inhabitants was unsatisfactory
and that Britain had con-
sequently stepped up its finan-
cial assistance to voluntary
British bodies active there, such
as the Save the Children Fund
and Oxfam, the famine relief
Luce also held out no prospect
of a relaxation of the effective
embargo on supplying north sea
oil to Israel nor of ending the
Foreign office's practice of au-
thenticating documents used by
the Arab boycott authorities.
Bonn (JTA) — The 1985
Peace Prize of the Association of
German Book Publishers, West
Germany's most prestigious
literary award, will be presented
to Mayor Teddy Kollek of
Jerusalem at the opening of the
Frankfurt Book Fair Oct. 13, in
Frankfurt. Kollek, the most
popular Israeli politician in
Germany, will get the 25,000
mark (about $8,000) prize for
his contributions to Arab-Israeli