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"I will grant peace in the land so that you will sleep without fear. I will rid the land of dangerous animals, and the sword will not pass through your land." (Parshat Bechukotai 26:6)

When you piece together all the Brachot (blessings) Hashem promises in exchange for keeping His Torah, you've got to wonder why it all winds down to one final Bracha of "peace." Our Rashi says that by ending all the Brachot with that of Shalom, the Torah teaches us that Shalom is a "mega-bracha," equivalent to all the other Brachot combined.

Shalom outweighs all the other good in the world. Without Shalom, there is no good.

Birchat Kohanim, the Priestly Blessing, ends with Shalom: "May Hashem lift up his face to you and give you peace" (Bamidbar, Parshat Nasso 6:26). This teaches us that a Bracha is nothing if it does not contain "Shalom."

Similarly, the Amidah, which contains 19 brachot, ends with the word "Shalom."

Making peace is so great that one may even erase Hashem's name in the ritual of the sotah (Bamidbar, Parshat Nasso 5:23), in order to make peace between a man and his wife.

Rabbi Meir was once lecturing all Saturday night. A woman was listening to the speech and remained there until Rabbi Meir had finished. By the time she got home, it was already morning.

"Where have you been?" asked her husband.

"At the Rabbi's," she answered, "listening to a lecture."

The husband was furious. He swore that he would not let her come into the house until she spat in the rabbi's face. The woman remained outside the house for three days. She could not do what her wicked husband had told her.

"Why are you being so stubborn?" her neighbors asked her. "The best thing we can do is go to Rabbi Meir for advice." As soon as Rabbi Meir saw them he knew by Divine inspiration what had happened. Rabbi Meir needed to find a way to bring peace between this woman and her husband without embarrassing her along the way.

So what did Rabbi Meir do? He suddenly put a hand over his eye and moaned in pain. In those days, spells and charms were as common as tylenol is today. The obvious cure for an aching eye was a blast of expectorant. "Does anyone of you know how to cast a spell on my eye?" the great sage cried out.

The woman's neighbors said to her, "Now you can do what your husband asked. When you cast the spell, you can spit in his face. This is what is usually done when such a spell is cast."

The woman sat down to spit in his face, but she still did not have the audacity to do it; she was in such great awe of Rabbi Meir.

"Pardon me, Rebbe," she said, "I am not an expert in charms."

"It does not matter," said Rabbi Meir. "Spit in my face seven times and I will be healed."

She spat in his face seven times. Rabbi Meir then said to her, "Go to your husband and tell him 'You told me to spit once, but I spat seven times.' "

After the woman left, Rabbi Meir's disciples asked, "Was it proper to degrade yourself and the honor of the Torah in such a manner? You could have told one of us to recite the incantation."

"Let Meir's honor not be greater than the honor of his Master," replied the Rabbi. "Hashem's great Name is written in holiness and still the Torah says it should be obliterated to bring peace between a man and his wife. Meir's honor is no greater than this."

Aharon, the first Kohain Gadol, was a lover of peace. That is why, when Aharon died, all Israel wept for him, even women and children, as it is written, "The entire house of Israel wept for Aharon thirty days" (Bamidbar, Parshat Chukat 20:29).

When Aharon died, 80,000 young children went to his funeral. All of them were named Aharon. This was because, whenever a man wanted to divorce his wife, Aharon would come and make peace between them. The husband and wife would then be reconciled. When the woman gave birth to a son, they would name him Aharon, since Aharon had brought about his birth.

The opposite of peace is strife. To understand the power of peace look at the ugliness of strife and see what gain exists for those who engage in it.

Korach engaged in strife and he and all his associates died a horrible death, being swallowed up by the ground. This was something that never happened to anybody else. The Mann was interrupted that day; that had never happened before, even when the Eigel Hazahav (the Golden Calf) was made. Young babies died because of them. Everything that they had owned was swallowed up, even as trivial an item as a needle.

From here we see how terrible strife can be. It is disgusting in Hashem's eyes. Peace is a much better alternative.

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