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Split Vav in Peace

split vav

Yesterday Rabbi Bassous talked about the split vav in the parsha of Pinchas. It is the only case in the Torah of a letter being split.

יב לָכֵן, אֱמֹר: הִנְנִי נֹתֵן לוֹ אֶת-בְּרִיתִי, שָׁלוֹם.
Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace;

The rabbi explained that it is to show us one cannot achieve peace through violence. (Of course, he said much more, but I can’t repeat what he said without misquoting or taking it totally out of context. So I will leave just this piece for you to ponder and explore on your own).

Ilana-Davita says

This is a very interesting and thought-provoking remark. Maybe it also shows peace cannot merely be wished for; efforts must be made by the two parties involved. After all shalom means "wholeness".

Leora says

"shalom means “wholeness”."
Great point.

Rayna Eliana says

I agree with Ilana...diligence and hard work must be exerted in order for peace to occur.