17 November 2015

FACING FACTS

5 Kislev 5776

It has to be said. The refusal of the majority of Jews in the Diaspora to return to Eretz Yisrael is outright rebellion against the will of your Master and King. And there will be a price to pay for this rebellion.

Do not repeat the sin of Adam HaRishon and Chavah who made excuses for themselves. Learn the lesson from their mistake and admit that you are a rebel against the will of your Maker and have sinned by rejecting the wonderful, good and spacious land He has given us in love. And furthermore, that you have made a chillul Hashem by 1) doubting the ability or willingness of your Master and King to provide for you adequately in His own land, and 2) by preferring to live with Eisav rather than with Ya'aqov

Admit that the problem is with you - not with Hashem or with His Holy Land.

Yechezkel 36:

20 And they entered the nations where they came, and they profaned My Holy Name, inasmuch as it was said of them, 'These are the people of the Lord, and they have come out of His land.'

21 But I had pity on My Holy Name, which the house of Israel had profaned among the nations to which they had come.

22 Therefore, say to the house of Israel; So says the Lord God: Not for your sake do I do this, O house of Israel, but for My Holy Name, which you have profaned among the nations to which they have come.

23 And I will sanctify My great Name, which was profaned among the nations, which you have profaned in their midst; and the nations shall know that I am the Lord - is the declaration of the Lord God - when I will be sanctified through you before their eyes.

24 For I will take you from among the nations and gather you from all the countries, and I will bring you to your land.



Yechezkel 20:

1 And now it came to pass in the seventh year, in the fifth [month], on the tenth of the month, that certain men of the elders of Israel came to inquire of the Lord and sat before me.

2 Then came the word of the Lord to me, saying:

3 "Son of man, speak to the elders of Israel and say to them: So says the Lord God, Have you come to inquire of Me? As true as I live, I will not be inquired of by you! says the Lord God.

4 Will you contend with them? Will you contend, O son of man? Let them know the abominations of their fathers.

5 And you shall say to them: So says the Lord God, On the day I chose Israel, then I lifted up My hand to the seed of the house of Jacob, and made Myself known to them in the land of Egypt, when I lifted up My hand to them, saying: I am the Lord your God.

6 On that day I lifted up My hand to them to bring them out of the land of Egypt, to a land that I had sought out for them, flowing with milk and honey; it is the glory of all the lands.

7 And I said to them: Every man cast away the despicable idols from before his eyes, and pollute not yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.

8 But they rebelled against Me and would not consent to hearken to Me; they did not cast away, every man, the despicable idols from before their eyes, neither did they forsake the idols of Egypt; and I said to pour out My wrath over them, to give My anger full rein over them, in the midst of the land of Egypt.

9 But I wrought for the sake of My Name so that it should not be desecrated before the eyes of the nations in whose midst they were, before whose eyes I made Myself known to them, to bring them out of the land of Egypt.

10 And I brought them out of the land of Egypt, and I brought them into the wilderness.

11 And I gave them My statutes, and My ordinances I made known to them, which, if a man perform, he shall live through them.

12 Moreover, I gave them My Sabbaths to be for a sign between Me and them, to know that I, the Lord, make them holy.

13 But the house of Israel rebelled against Me in the wilderness; they walked not in My statutes, and they despised My ordinances, which, if a man keep, he will live through them, and My Sabbaths they desecrated exceedingly. Then I said to pour out My wrath upon them in the wilderness, to make an end to them.

14 And I wrought for the sake of My Name, so it should not be desecrated before the eyes of the nations before whose eyes I had brought them out.

15 But I also lifted up My hand to them in the wilderness, that I would not bring them into the land which I had given them, flowing with milk and honey; it is the glory of all lands.

16 Because they despised My ordinances, and in My statutes they did not walk, and My Sabbaths they desecrated - for their heart went constantly after their idols.

17 Nevertheless, My eye looked pityingly upon them, not to destroy them, and I did not make an end to them in the wilderness.

18 But I said to their children in the wilderness: 'In the statutes of your fathers do not walk and do not observe their ordinances, and do not defile yourselves with their idols.

19 I am the Lord your God: walk in My statutes, and keep My ordinances and fulfill them.

20 And keep My Sabbaths holy so that they be a sign between Me and you, that you may know that I am the Lord your God.'

21 But the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statutes, and they did not observe My ordinances to perform them, which if a man perform, he shall live through them; My Sabbaths they desecrated, and I said to pour out My wrath upon them, to spend My anger upon them in the wilderness.

22 I drew back My hand and acted for the sake of My Name, that it should not be desecrated before the eyes of the nations, before whose eyes I took them out.

23 I also lifted My hand to them in the wilderness to scatter them among the nations and disperse them in the lands.

24 Because they did not perform My ordinances, and they rejected My statutes and desecrated My Sabbaths, and their eyes were after the idols of their fathers.

25 I, too, gave them statutes that were not good and ordinances through which they should not live.

26 And I defiled them with their gifts, when causing to pass all who open the womb, in order that I lay them desolate, in order that they know that I am the Lord.

27 Therefore, speak to the house of Israel, son of man, and say to them: So said the Lord God, [With] this too, your fathers blasphemed Me when they dealt treacherously with Me.

28 And I brought them to the land, that which I lifted My hand to give to them, and they saw every high hill and every many-branched tree, and they slaughtered there their sacrifices, and they presented the provocation of their offering, and there they placed their pleasing savors, and there they poured their libations.

29 And I said to them: 'What is this high place that you are the ones coming there?' So its name was called Bamah until this day.

30 Therefore, say to the house of Israel: So said the Lord God: Are you defiling yourselves in the way of your forefathers, and are you going astray after their abominations?

31 And when you take your gifts, when you cause your children to pass through the fire, you defile yourselves to all your idols until this day, shall I then be inquired of by you, O house of Israel? As I live, says the Lord God, I will not be inquired of by you.

32 But what enters your mind shall not come about, what you say, 'Let us be like the nations, like the families of the lands, to serve wood and stone.'

33 As I live, says the Lord God, surely with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with poured out fury, will I reign over you.

34 And I shall take you out of the peoples, and I shall gather you from the lands in which you were scattered, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with poured out fury.

35 And I shall bring you to the wilderness of the peoples, and I shall contend with you there face to face.

36 As I contended with your forefathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I contend with you, says the Lord God.

37 And I shall cause you to pass under the rod, and I shall bring you into the transmission of the covenant.

38 And I shall separate from you those who rebel and those who transgress against Me; from the land of their sojournings I shall take them, but to the land of Israel they shall not come, and you will know that I am the Lord.

39 And you, the house of Israel, so said the Lord God: Each man, go worship his idols since you do not hearken to Me, and no longer desecrate My holy Name with your gifts and with your idols.

40 But on My holy mount, on the mountain of the height of Israel, says the Lord God. There all the house of Israel - yea, all of them - will serve Me in the land; there I will accept them, and there I will require your heave offerings and the first of your food with all your hallowed things.

41 With a pleasing savor I shall accept you when I take you out of the nations, and I shall gather you from the lands in which you were scattered, and I shall be hallowed through you before the eyes of the nations.

42 And you will know that I am the Lord when I bring you to the land of Israel, to the land that I lifted My hand to give to your forefathers.

43 And there you will remember your ways and your deeds, with which you have been defiled, and you will quarrel with yourselves because of all your evils that you have done.

44 And you will know that I am the Lord when I do with you for My Name's sake, not according to your evil ways or according to your corrupt deeds, O house of Israel," says the Lord God.