Genesis Chapter 12 בְּרֵאשִׁית אYes, that's the gist of it. The first line is amazingly full of meaning.
Now the LORD said-This is not a human invented religion.
'Get thee out of thy country- You must change locations; you can't completely follow Judaism anyplace you wish.
from thy kindred/homeland/culture- They are the false ones. It's not enough just to move. You must change your way of doing things. Don't demand/expect Israel to be America.
from thy father's house- My demands override your father's. Your father should also live according to my rules, the mitzvot.
unto the land that I will show thee.- There is only one Land you should live in.
And when we obey G-d's commands, He will make us a great nation and bless us.
I'll never forget how alone the State of Israel was in the spring of 1967. At the time, no country or foreign leader claimed to be our friend and ally. It was just like in 1948; they were expecting us to be defeated. And just like in 1948, we were miraculously victorious. Our only ally was the most important one, the One Who is all powerful and able to make the few defeat the many. Yes, I'm referring to G-d.
Unfortunately in a sense, this great victory in the 1967 Yom Kippur War made the State of Israel more internationally popular and and it also made many Israelis believe the praise being heaped on it. Instead of growing closer to G-d, Israeli leaders took credit for the victory and thanked Tzahal, the IDF Israeli army.
And then in 1973, we were given another chance to prove ourselves. We failed. We believed the politicians and not the facts on the ground. All of the signs of impending war were explained away by our "experts" and foreign friends. The Yom Kippur War was the worst one yet. We were close to defeat, but instead of fighting to destroy the enemy and praying to G-d, the Israeli Government begged the Americans for assistance. The American Government didn't want us to destroy Egypt and Syria, so they controlled the outcome to a "safe standstill."
And I will bless them that bless thee, and him that curseth thee will I curse; - Those three countries involved in the 1973 Yom Kippur War are all in forms of crises today, Syria, Egypt and the United States. G-d has been giving us more and more chances to repent. I guess that G-d doesn't want us to start all over again. We had been exiled for two thousand years, and the State of Israel is a great success in many ways. We do have the potential for the greatness G-d created us for. I didn't end the previous sentence with "G-d willing," because I believe that the impetus of the Redemption will be through our free will and not G-d's maneuvering.
May we see our beautiful Land built up and full of Jews who observe the Mitzvot according to G-d's instructions.