The Rishonim (Baal HaTurim, Rokeach) explain the juxtaposition of the words at the end of last week’s parasha that states (Devarim 21:9) כִּי תַעֲשֶׂה הַיָּשָׁר בְּעֵינֵי יְ-ה-וָ-ה, when you do what what is upright in the eyes of HaShem, and this week’s parasha begins with the discussion of going out to battle and seeing a beautiful woman. It is noteworthy that the Torah ends last weeks parasha with the idea of doing what is upright in HaShem’s eyes and this week’s parasha commences with one who will “see” amongst the captives a beautiful woman. The Gemara (Chulin 17b) already introduces us to the idea that upon conquering and dividing Eretz Yisroel, the Jewish People were permitted to eat pork.
While simply understood as a dispensation for war time, it is clear that the conquest of Eretz Yisroel was on a higher spiritual plane, as is evidenced from the two species encounter with Rachav, a noted harlot in the Land of Canaan. Thus, the permit to eat pork and to take a beautifull woman from the captives was not a license to sin. Rather, these dispensations were more along the lines of a reward to the Jewish People, akin to the Messianic Era when according to some opinions observance of the Torah’s’ commandments will not be required (See Ramban Devarim 6:10 for further elaboration). Thus, the Torah here is teaching us that when the Jewish People do what is right in the eyes of HaShem, they will merit to see beyond the physical world and they will be allowed to indulge in activities that are normally forbidden.
In the reality that we live in today, we are at times privy to see HaShem’s wonders, and it would behoove us to discover the rewards that HaShem bestows upon us. The fact that we can perform the mitzvah of teshuvah, an ideal that is beyond human logic, should inspire us to utilize the days of Elul and the upcoming Yomim Noraim to repent from past misdeeds and anticipate a glorious future of closeness to HaShem and the arrival of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, speedily, in our days.
Have a spiritually eye-opening Shabbos!