Baal HaSulam says that, in fact, the Jewish people have not received the land of Israel even though they live in it. The problem is that the Israeli nation is not fulfilling its designation. By having returned to our homeland and having gathered here again, the nation has to adjust itself to a new era, to the vessels that are revealed today, but it isn’t doing this.
On the whole, the state of Israel was founded on a miserable ideal, as the “refuge” for Jews all over the world. But do we feel good when we run to a shelter as we are under missile attack?
Of course, I am not against the state of Israel. When there are missiles outside, the shelter saves us. But the Israeli nation has to live here in order to fulfill its mission, and instead it wants the unattainable: to be like everyone else, not to “aspire” for anything, but simply be a “normal country.”
Question: So how can we explain all this to people?
Answer: One thing is clear: You can’t dictate the meaning of life to them, shame them, or “teach them the right way.” It won’t work. No one can bear such a heavy load being dumped on him. After all, a person needs a clear benefit. Where is the carrot the donkey can follow? Moreover, it needs to be such a carrot that there will be no need for the stick from behind.
When troubles are on our doorstep, it’s enough to entice a person a little and he immediately begins to move from his place. In the darkness of suffering, everyone will run to the light that filtering through a small window. But how can we lead the people forward without troubles and sufferings? Now they are sitting at their homes, strolling in the street, and everything is just fine. This means that we can only speak about the laws of nature with them, about being balanced with nature, and not more than that. But these explanations also seem abstract, since people don’t feel the crisis yet and so they are not ready to listen.
From the 4th part of the Daily Kabbalah Lesson 2/12/13, “A Speech for the Completion of The Zohar”