A: The Ramban, Ibn Ezra, and Ohr HaChayim all explain that PEACE IN THE LAND refers to peace among Jews. Aside from the blessing of security from our enemies, we will be blessed to be living in peace and harmony with fellow Jews.
(Vayikra 26:3) "Im Bichukosai Teileichu" - "If you abide by my laws"
What is the opposite of the above verse?
(Vayikra 26: 15) "Im Bichukosai Timasu" – "If you reject my laws"
According to the textual content of the above two verses it seems that there is no middle ground. Either you abide by Hashems laws and you are rewarded or you reject his laws and you are punished. Why can't there be a middle ground?
HaGaon Rabbi Eliezer Man Shach, the late Rosh HaYeshiva of Punivitch answers that the answer to the above question is in a sense axiomatic of life.
If one sits and works at learning Torah, then he will eventually have the ability to study and comprehend everything. His belief will be unaffected and all of his actions will be for the sake of Hashem. But if G-d forbid one makes the decision not to learn Hashem's Torah (remaining stagnant in his religious growth), he will start to decline in his belief system. He will slowly but surely end up rejecting the entire Torah and those who learn it, eventually leading to a full hatred of it. Any Torah that he does take in will be without a backdrop of belief and will make him question everything that he learns eventually causing him to throw it all away.
There is no acquisition of Torah knowledge without a sense of fear of Hashem. Even if the emunah and fear is simple it has the potential to be built upon tremendously allowing people to reach tremendous heights.HAVE A FANTASTIC SHABBOS!