Rabbi Hagai Lundin
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Julius Caesar, the first of the Roman emperors, easily defeated a small Asian kingdom, and then sent the Roman Senate a boastful letter that included the three words "Veni, vidi, vici", I came, I saw, I conquered.

A more accurate declaration, full of hubris and immediate attainment, that aptly describes the position of the idolatrous spirit has not been said since. These kinds of statements are the basis of the dreams of the citizens of the 21st century, overflowing with incredible technologies and resources, to obtain absolutely everything without any effort – by a "knockout-out" – to borrow a phrase from the boxing arena.

Knockout victories only happen in the movies or in the dreams of Israelis who are sure that "they could have gotten the car at half price". In the real world, there is no half price and there are no free gifts or lunches.

In God's world, one wins with points! Small victories that are also accompanied by small setbacks, by solid and flowing movement. A graph with a steady upward slope. What our Rabbis mean by the expression "kima, kima", little by little.

This is the meaning of the verse "My beloved resembles a gazelle or a young stag (Song of Songs 2,9)" - the Holy One Blessed be He is compared specifically to a deer, an animal that nobly and easily leaps over life’s pitfalls.

Extremism in any area is an expression that directly opposes this perception. The sharp transition between euphoria ('we have conquered Corona, let’s open up everything right away"), and despair ("the country is collapsing") - is not helpful.

On the one hand, the world is not coming to an end; and on the other hand, there is nothing to be gained by complacency.

We are now on a long road of coping and change that will make us grow; it is already starting to happen. Everything will pass. It's all about keeping it in proportion.

Courage. Hope. Faith.

The bad will pass.

The good will prevail.

With the help of God.

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