Instilling the ga’avah d’kedushah, pride in our holiness, in our children is hard, but so was it hard to hide in a basement and not make a sound when running from the Nazis.
We fought Eisav as “Eisav” and can fight him as “achi,” my brother. We fought him as a clear and obvious enemy, and we can fight him when he comes as brother.
Sometimes, in our history, they’ve come at us with blood in their eyes, and we’ve had to find a way to hide, and sometimes, they’ve come with acceptance and friendship, with the call of, “Share our values, share the freedom, taste life as we know it.”
When that happens, we have to work no less hard to hide. ~ R’ Elya Brudny