Sedra Shoftim 129 Words, Wanton Destruction

who destroys their own valuables?
only those fearful of losing them to an enemy.
In our wars, we are instructed to have the unshakable confidence
that we will be victorious
Victors do not destroy the valuables that will become their own
We are not permitted to pursue a “scorched earth” policy
Bal TashChis – we may not wantonly destroy
because such destruction betrays our relationship with Gd.
Call it a leap of faith or foolish fealty
Love is not a word
Love is the confidence of and in, devotion and loyalty to
that which we love
without it, we lack the underpinnings of a relationship
Without it, we are engaged in hollow self-pleasure