We the Jewish People are amazingly lucky. Gd keeps giving us more chances, after we fail to heed His warnings. This week listening to Yael Ziegler in Matan, "Kings, Prophets and Hurban," I kept feeling that she was reading from a recent blog post I could have written. No, it's not that she's political, not at all. But we're learning IIKings Chapters 17-18, and in it Gd warns the Jewish People that only He can save us, not any foreign king.
39But the Lord your God you shall fear, and He will deliver you from the hand of all your enemies."
לטכִּי אִם אֶת יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵיכֶם תִּירָאוּ וְהוּא יַצִּיל אֶתְכֶם מִיַּד כָּל אֹיְבֵיכֶם:
Our fate, our future relies in our hands and our deeds, not connected any way with anyone else, even President of the United States of America.
I also believe in the Nachshon effect, meaning that just like the sea parted, making a safe dry pathway when Nachshon stepped in, allowing the Jewish People to safely flee Egypt, if we are firm and confident doing what is best for the Jewish People and the Jewish State of Israel, the world will quiet down.
The pressures we suffer from today, whether from outside enemies or local terrorism etc. are due entirely to our lack of confidence, our kowtowing to foreign demands and leaders who shouldn't have any power over us. We've given them power over ourselves, and we must take it away.
The world will follow our lead, and if we act like a dog chasing its tail, as we have been doing for much too long, we will be treated badly and bossed around. Only when we make it clear that we are an independent sovereign nation that will abide no more abuse, aggression, verbal, diplomatic and military will our enemies cease their fight against us. That is the meaning of "a light among nations." The light comes from us via Gd.
Gd has offered us "matching funds," as long as we live our lives according to the mitzvot, commandments Gd has commanded us.
Gd willing we will begin to act as we should, bimhaira biyameinu, speedily in our days...