Some lessons in the Torah are transmitted in the form of laws; others are conveyed through stories, or even an extra or missing word or letter. Some lessons require a teacher or sage to unlock the message and the relevance to the 21st century; other messages scream out to even the amateurish eye.

Take this one for example:

In this week's Torah reading, we learn about certain individuals who were exempt from participating in battle: He who recently built a home, planted a vineyard, or was fortunate enough to marry his soul-mate.

And then the Torah concludes:

Is there a man who is fearful and fainthearted? Let him go and return to his house, so that he should not cause the heart of his brothers to melt, as his heart. (Deuteronomy 20:8)

Did that verse scream out to you? Here is what it shouted out to me:

There are two types of people: those who do, and those who belittle those who do;There are two types of people: those who do, and those who belittle those who do those who care, and those whose only care is to destroy those who care.

There is the "simple" person who sells lemonade and donates the proceeds to a worthy cause vs. the "intellectual" who scoffs, "Do you really think that your six dollars can make a difference?"

The revolutionary vs. the "C'mon, who do you think you are—Moses?!"

Says the Torah: If you don't want to be part of the solution, at least don't be part of the problem. Go home! Get out of the way of the child who thinks she can change the world. Don't share your political opinions with the soldier who is willing to give his life for your freedom. Stay far away from visionaries. Go smoke cigars with your bitter buddies, but do leave the do-gooders alone!

Just because you decided against leaving your footprints in the sands of time, that's no excuse for knocking other people off their feet.

And for all the proud members of the "doer group," please take these words to heart:

Let your hearts not be faint; you shall not be afraid, alarmed, or terrified because of them. For G‑d, your G‑d, is the One who goes with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Ibid. 20:3-4)

With G‑d on our side, we can walk proudly and swiftly in the sands of time.