by Reb Nati at Mystical Paths
Yehoshua 14, Calev speaking: "My brethren who went up with me shattered the heart of the people, but I fulfilled the will of Hashem, my Elokim".
They cried about the gift that Hashem gave them, no beach, bbq, and rum drinks, "it's not what we thought it was." Again and again Hashem instructs Yechezkel to tell the people of their history and how He has overlooked their shortcomings over and over again until the there was no choice but punish us so that He did not desecrate His name in front of the nations. The elders said, so, we no longer have to serve Hashem! They were wrong, as it is brought in pasuk 32-33 of perek 20...
All our attempts at assimilation will fail, because Hashem says I will not let you!!! 'Thus says Hashem/Elokim: As for what has entered your minds- It shall not be! You say 'We will be like the nations, like the families of the lands who worship wood and stone. As I live, the word of Hashem, I swear that I will rule over you with a strong hand and with outstretched arm and with outpoured wrath. I will take you out of all the nations and gather you from all the lands to which you were scatted, I will bring bring you from the wilderness of the nations'. Rashi comments 'I will force you to submit to My authority.'
Chapter 22 sounds like an exact description of today in Israel: 'Thus says Hashem/Elokim, Jerusalem I am hastening her time of judgment. Who has fashioned intellectual, political and military idols within herself, and through this you have become contaminated. Thus you have brought your judgment days near and have reached the limit of your years. Therefore, I have made you a shame to the nations and a disgrace for all lands. Those near and those far from you will degrade you. Oh you of contaminated name.'
Now a descriptive time stamp 'Behold, the princes of Israel each act within you for the sake of his own power, in order to shed blood to separate you from your mother and father and toward the stranger in our midst. They have acted oppressively, the orphan and widow they have wronged. My Torah teaching they have scorned and my Shabbos's have they desecrated. Slanders and murders, they ate of idols and plotted against me on all your mountains, evil schemes. They uncovered a 'father nakedness with you', they coerced women amongst you during their impurity. They committed adultery with their neighbors wives, and committed perverse acts with children. They take bribes and murder, they take usury and interest to enriching themselves and their friends with all extorted money. They have totally forgotten Me! The word of Hashem/Elokim.'
What can we say? But now hear the antidote, what the tzaddik says:
Tehillim 128 - A song of ascents, Praiseworthy is each person who fears Hashem, who walks in His ways. When you eat the labor of your hands you are praiseworthy and it is well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the inner chambers of your home; your children will be like olive shoots surrounding your table. Behold for so is blessed the man who fears Hashem. May Hashem bless you from Tzion, and may you gaze upon the goodness of Jerusalem all the days of your life. And may you see children born unto your children, peace upon Israel.
Mishlei 26 - ...A rod is for the backs of fools... Answer a fool according to his foolishness, lest he be wise in his own eyes.
BS"D - בסיעתא דשמיא