Prophets, Joshua, 8:26-28: And Joshua did not draw back his hand that he had stretched out with the spear, until he had completely destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, a desolation to this day.
Question: What does it mean that while the battle is going on Joshua’s hand hasn’t been drawn back?
Answer: The raised hand symbolizes the direction of a person, his intention: to destroy these desires so that there is not a single one left that could ever be used in some way.
It is written: And Joshua burnt Ai, and made it a heap forever, a desolation to this day. To this day means never to use egoism again. That is, we are talking about a part of egoism that is corrected precisely by its destruction.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 7/19/21