The Haftarah for Shabbos Chol haMoed Sukkot is Ezekiel 38:18–39:16. “Gog v’Magog”, aka “Armageddon”. Directly across the Jewish Year, the Haftarah for Shabbos Chol haMoed Pesach is Ezekiel 37:1–17, the “Valley of Dry Bones”, in which the prophet is told to take two sticks – one for Yehuda and one for Ephraim – and they became “one together” in his hand.
The resurrection power which is the unity of Yehuda and Ephraim is positioned directly across the Jewish Year from Gog v’Magog, the “End of the World”, Armageddon, the final battle. Need this apocalyptic vision be literally fulfilled? Not if unity within the Jewish people is achieved BEFORE all hell literally breaks loose.
Unity is the antidote to just about everything that ails us, and lack of unity the reason for most of our woes. Unity will literally bring us back to life as a whole people, unity is what can withstand any external pressure.
Blessings to everyone, everywhere, to see each other with eyes of love, to seek unity, and together may we have a supernaturally sweet, uplifting, restorative and refreshing Shabbos Chol haMoed Sukkot – and may those places in our hearts which seems to have withered and died be brought back to life!
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