During today's reading of Parshat Eqev, I realized something that perhaps had gotten lost in my previous posting and in some of the responses it attracted (and perhaps was also too obvious). The capacity to eagerly anticipate the arrival of the messiah is a blessing. The longing for redemption on the part of the Jew is a source of incredible strength and endurance. The ability to discern the first rays of the dawn of that redemption is a tribute to the capacity of the Jew to transcend appearances and to perceive a deeper, more sublime reality. With out all of these, we would long ago have ceased to be. Certainly, the State of Israel would never have arisen.
The danger, however, is arrogance. The sin that messianic anticipation can engender is the arrogant belief in its irreversibility. The destruction, the easy destruction, of Gush qatif should teach us alot about reversibility. Our enemies got the message. We should too.
There are conditions to our being here. There are conditions to our staying here. There are conditions to the way we treat each other. There are conditions relating to the worship of God. If we want to know those conditions, all we need to do is to read Sefer Devarim, in general, and Parshat Eqev, in particular.