Okay, so tonight we’re making a brief pause in our classes on Tanya. I decided to talk about a topic that is very much prominent in the news. I usually don’t like to speak about politics, but unfortunately at times there is something that we call dirty politics, and that compels us take a stand and to make a statement. After all people need guidance, people need to know what to do, how to react, what to make of what’s going on. If you’ve been following the news, if you’ve been following the current election in the United States, I haven’t so much. But you will have noticed how the two candidates that are running up for president have been not too kind to each other. They’ve been very very hostile. They’ve been indulging in slander, critical, and pretty much besmirching the other. Not so much about policy, not so much about what they’re honest opinion is, and how this country can advance, and what needs to be done to correct the problems. This really should be what they should be talking about. Imagine an exchange between two candidates where one tells the other I respect you, I really think highly of your world views but I believe that my worldview is more appropriate for this time for this country. And this is not something personal, but the reason why i believe so and so is because this is what the country needs now, based on certain facts, based on expert opinion. Very nice decent discussion about the issues at hand. Why the need to stoop to such a low level and make fun of the other individual and bring out all the dirty laundry of the other. I mean that’s what the news media is doing, is trying to dig up whatever filth they can find to besmirch the other individual who they are opposed to. wow, this is incredible. I don’t ever recall something like that in the past. And I’m not only speaking about the United States of America. I’m not originally from here, and I have followed a bit the politics and elections in other countries of interest. So the problems that we see today in this country is really rampant. It’s all over the world. Morality is lacking. Respect is lacking. Whether it’s the respect a child should be giving his parent. Whether it’s the respect of the elders, as the rabbi’s tell us, right before Mashiach comes, this is what you should be expecting, an incredible increase in Chutzpah. It’s interesting how the word Chutzpah is already in the English dictionary. It means impudence, a total lack of respect for those who may know better, for those who are older than us. They don’t know any other language. What does Moshe Rabeinu tell us before he leaves this world. Some of his last words tell us to focus on the most important principle in Judaism, and that is to do what we do for the sake of God, not for ourselves. And he tells us the words “ki shem Hashem ekra havu godel lelokeinu.” When I call out on the name of God ascribe greatness to Him. What’s the importance of this statement? It’s to remind us how central, how important this is in everything that we do. Regardless of what we do in our life. the purpose of life, the purpose of why we’re here is to serve God. Therefore be careful not to focus on your own self-aggrandizement, on your own interests. Focus on serving Hashem (G-d) and how to best do that. The rabbis call this doing things “leshem Shamayim,” doing things for the sake of Heaven. Focus on what God would want, not on what you would want. If one does not do so, if one does not have God in mind. If he does not serve God in the proper manner, and thinks only of himself, he is capable, man is capable of stooping to a very low level worse than an animal, and he can become a monster. And history, world history is replete, full of many examples of leaders, of despots, tyrants, individuals who sought power. That’s all he cared about, and riches, not really the welfare of the citizens of the land. They were far from being kind and honest. A good example of what is going on in the world at large is what’s going on in Syria. Do you know that almost 500 thousand Syrians have died over the past few years. Do you know how many innocent victims this war has caused, this civil war in Syria? How about those requiring humanitarian assistance? I think the number is about 13 million. Six million who are internally displaced, and almost five million refugees. And world powers. what is a world power? A country that has certain abilities. There are various world powers, are not getting along, they cannot agree. And they’re just allowing this to go on and go on and go on indefinitely. Incredible. But this is not the only problem. If you look around the world you will see many many trouble areas. Many of you perhaps are not even aware that there’s so many children who are being sold into slavery and prostitution. Children being sold into prostitution, not adults. what is this? The world is falling apart morally. And when that happens we have a tradition that it cannot go on forever. It is a recipe for disaster. If the world falls apart morally you can expect unfortunately that the survival of this world will be at risk. The survival, the physical survival of the world. If morally the world is not together. If morally things are very very low, and they have been in the past hundred years more so than ever, then you should be expecting something. Now I have given a lecture somewhat about this topic in Redemption, Doomsday and Redemption. In the lecture about Gog uMagog, which is a video we put out, if you recall. In the lecture about the Crisis in Israel, which was also about 15 years ago. So we’ve covered a little bit the highlights of what is going on in our generation, in the past generation, where this is leading up to. and the question is how could it be that an enlightened, an enlightened world. after all that’s what they call this generation, that the Western powers who are supposedly enlightened, how can they allow this? And the simple answer is because of interests, their own interests. This is a godless world, so all you have really left are personal interests like the famous statement made by President, French president de Gaulle, “nations don’t have friends; they have interests.” He’s right, it’s all about interests. and why do I say that there’s a risk of survival? Why did I say that there’s a danger to the world, physical danger? Because a war, any war, is not just about a battle between two opposing sides or two conflicting sides, sides that cannot come to an agreement, and cannot live peacefully amongst each other. That’s not only what war is all about. When war erupts it’s really an indicator of a volcano erupting. What kind of a volcano? A volcano called Evil. So war, any war, is an indication that Evil is erupting. And if evil cannot be controlled it’s like a fire that spreads. Remember? I mean you don’t remember, but maybe you have read, World War One and World War Two. Look how it got out of hand. So that is the danger when there’s no consensus, when there’s no God guiding the people. When it’s all about interests. and sometimes I look at it and I say to myself could they be so childish? And all they want is power and money? Is that all? I mean, kids have their toys, but adults have toys too. And power corrupts. The best people have been corrupted by power. And when this is a plague affecting the entire world, where on just about every continent you see corruption, whether it’s in South America, Latin America, Europe, Africa. people think there’s no corruption here. But it’s rampant, it’s everywhere. Human beings are corruptible. Even though they may claim they believe in God, but as they say in Spanish “de dicho a hecho hay mucho trecho.” From saying to doing there is a long path. A lot of people say things, and perhaps they aspire to certain things, but from saying to doing there’s a long path. It requires tremendous amount of work, commitment. but more than that, people have to be sincere about wanting something and pursuing it. When it comes to something spiritual, when it comes to something that is associated with God, somehow people back away from it. And we’ve explained this partially in the classes on Tanya that man has a propensity or a disposition of wanting that which is physical and material because that is what his body is made out of. But he has a mind, he has free will. He’s able to control those desires if he chooses to. But without guidance, without spiritual guidance it becomes more and more difficult, because people start pointing fingers, if he has all this power and money why can’t I have it. And that’s what many presidents and Prime Ministers and other leaders have done. They looked at history and they’ve seen how people have succeeded, how they’ve come to the throne, how they’ve been elected, and how they were able to wield such great power and influence. And they crave that, even though it comes at the expense of other people who have to suffer the whims of these unpredictable presidents or tyrants. So in looking around us at is happening in the world you have to be blind not to see what is going to happen next, because it’s clear. People are simply asleep and not paying attention, but it’s very clear that all the prophecies of the prophets are being fulfilled. Everything that they have said it is mentioned in the prophets, it’s mentioned in the Talmud, and we are living in that generation where we see how things are getting out of hand, and no one, no one is stopping it. Not even the United Nations. Supposedly the United Nations, this group of countries that came together and were formed supposedly for this purpose, to bring about unity, peace, harmony, and to help each other. Beautiful idea. But what did we just say? From saying to doing there’s a big long path people are not genuine. And just because they have the power and they have the means, it doesn’t mean that they’re really interested. It’s a me first kind of mentality. It’s incredible. It’s just, it’s so appalling to see how millions of people have to suffer the consequences of leaders who have the power and have the means to put a stop to it. Where is all the money and effort going to? To Mars. Not to Earth. They’re looking for life in other planets. But what about life in this planet? This is where it really matters. Why not take care of the people who need all this help? Put in all the money and effort into raising the standard of living for everyone. It’s possible. The money is there. Share the wealth. That’s not happening. How many countries are poor and how many countries are rich? Even though you do hear from time to time that some of the rich countries help when there’s a disaster, when there’s an earthquake, a tsunami. That’s very nice. But believe me that’s also because of some interest. It does not stem from kindness, it does not stem from compassion and pity. If it would, people would behave differently. One question that people may ask is why should I care so much about what goes on everywhere. What goes on in some other country. Why should I take an interest in that? Why should it bother me? and I was thinking about this question, and I said to myself, but wait a minute, that’s exactly what Jonah the Prophet asked. Hashem (G-d), you’re sending me to Nineveh in Assyria? He’s in Israel. Why should I go so far and preach to those individuals who are not Jews, who were wayward in their behavior? Why, why should I be concerned about them? So the very very end of the book of Jonah, basically gives us a very powerful, very powerful message. I’m sure you’ve read the book and you know how he tried to avoid going to Nineveh, how he was thrown into the water, into the ocean. and he was swallowed by a big fish. Right? In the end, Hashem, God wanted him to go on this mission. But we only get a little bit of a clue as to what the purpose of this mission is at the very end, when it is a very very hot day, and he’s so delighted that there is this “Kikayon,” this big plant growing next to him that offered him some shade. But what happened in the morning? A worm came. A worm was sent, was sent from God and ate the “Kikayon.” And the “Kikayon” withered and dried up. And he was very very upset. And Hashem (G-d) tells him “Jonah you’re deeply grieved over the Kikayon”? And He said, “yes, I’m greatly grieved to the point of death.” “Vayomer Hashem,” Hashem tells him “ata chasta al hakikayon asher lo amalta bo velo gidalto,” you took pity on the “kikayon” which you did not labor. He didn’t plant it. nor did you make it grow. which materialized overnight and perished overnight. For that you took pity? “vani lo achus al Nineveh hair hagedola asher yesh ba harbe mishtem esre ribo adam asher lo yada ben yemino lismolo ubehema raba.” And I shall not take pity upon Nineveh a great city in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who do not know their right hand from their left. In other words, it’s not completely their fault. And many beasts as well, many animals. That’s how the book ends. Interesting ending for a prophecy, for Jonah. But the message is very powerful. Hashem (G-d) cares. Hashem created us all. All human beings, regardless of our backgrounds and our faith, and our language. All of this doesn’t make a difference so much because we’re all created in the image of Hashem G-d. And He takes pity, and He’s concerned when there’s so much evil going on. So it is something that if it concerns Him, concerns Hashem (G-d), it should concern us. So what can we do about it? What can one individual do? So I will share with you a story. I think it was the Chatam Sofer, a great rabbi who lived in the early part of the 19th century. he said about himself as follows, when he was growing up he aspired, he very much wanted to change the world. He was a brilliant man, great scholar, sage, very very righteous individual, very very special man. And he said that as he grew older he realized that that was an impossible task to change the world. So he decided to just focus on his community. He grew up, he became a little bit older and he realized that that also was beyond his reach. He grew a bit older than that and he decided, well, let me at least focus on my family, let me show them the right way, let me teach them, let me transform them, make them better people, show them the right way in life. And he realized that that was too difficult for him too. And he came to the conclusion after a while, let me focus on myself. “Halevai,” as we say in arabic “insha allah” that we should be able to just deal with our own issues, our own weaknesses, perfect them, refine our character and succeed. Because if we refine ourselves, if we perfect ourselves, hopefully we will be better people, better husbands, better parents, better friends. And if everyone where to think like that, then this of course would be a better world. We cannot change the world. Until Mashiach (Messiah) comes this is the world that we’re living in, this is what more or less we should be expecting. A lot of people are out there who don’t know from right to left, as Hashem (G-d) tells Jonah. It’s not their fault. They’re ignorant. They have no guidance. But they do have common sense. Common sense hopefully people do have. The question is are they willing to do what the common sense tells them to. I am going to get to that soon. In the meantime, all we can do and all we can hope for is that we become stronger, we become better and more refined and be an example to up for others to follow. God willing, “b’ezrat Hashem, I hope to give an updated lecture about what is coming soon, maybe in the next few months or so. The last one was more than eight years ago, I believe, and there is a need for an update as to what it should we should be expecting in the world at large, based on what is happening right now in North Korea, based on what is going on in Iran, based on what’s going on in the Middle East, and even based on what’s going on in this country. What can we expect. The United States of America is not the same country as it was during the time of John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Monroe. If you read the history of this country, and you read the biographies of these great men, the presidents, the first presidents of the United States, they’re very different, very different in their mentality, in what they believed was important and a priority, even though they were politicians too. Politics always existed, but still they valued certain things that are not valued today. So it’s a very very different country. The country, this country and many countries have completely changed from what they used to be. there has been some progress nonetheless in certain parts of the world. I’m not talking just about technology. There has been some progress. The countries are being developed, infrastructure and so forth, and all of that is to the benefit of mankind. The problem is that the technology is a double-edged sword. It is being used for war. That is why you have the ability today of destroying the world. The same countries who are building the world economically are capable of destroying it. And they are succeeding so far in destroying it morally by throwing away religion, and by putting such a strong emphasis on materialism which has become the new God. And there are lectures about all of this in the series called the challenges of the 21st century, so there’s no need to repeat all the problems that we have today. What we need to, however, remember is how I started, with doing things “lshem Shamayim.” As a Jew we’re told that it’s very important that whatever we do, that we do it for the sake of Heaven. So I want to do now is just explain this a little bit more in depth, what does it mean to do things for the sake of Heaven. Because we are told that if we do something for the sake of Heaven, and not just for our self-interest, it has a better chance, a much better chance of success. We will have divine assistance. He will approve of it. He will help us. If we do it for ourselves, it will not endure. One reason why this point has to be emphasized, doing things for the sake of Heaven is because many mistakes occur. Countries have made many mistakes even if they thought they were doing the right thing. They were motivated perhaps for some noble reason. They made mistakes. And there’s no need right not to get into examples, because who are we to judge whether something is a mistake or not, because in the end we believe everything is from Hashem (G-d). Everything that happens on a global scale is either directly designed by Hashem (G-d) or at least allowed to happen. So if it’s from above who are we to judge if something is a mistake or not. Nonetheless, as an outsider we do know, that looking back in time, what is going on today in Iraq for example, is part of a big blunder that was made some time in the past. Things would have been very very different had those mistakes not occurred. So therefore in order to avoid mistakes we do things “lshem Shamayim.” by doing it for the sake of Heaven there is more of a guarantee that we will succeed and not fail. So in attempting to to see if something is done for the sake of Heaven or not, what is important is not at all what people argue about but how and why. How do they argue and why do they argue. It’s not that they argue at all. there could be differences of opinion. The best example that the rabbi’s give us of a “machloket lshem Shamayim,” of a dispute that was for the sake of Heaven, was Hillel and Shamai. And they tell us “Kol Machloket shehi lshem Shamayim sofa lehitkayem.” If it’s for the sake of Heaven it will endure [It will be constructive]. If it’s not for the sake of Heaven it will not endure [not be constructive]. How will we know if something is “lshem Shamayim”? Well, always look at the motivation, the inner motivation of the people involved. Hillel and Shammai, their differences of opinion involves certain aspects of Jewish law, and Hillel was more lenient, Shamai was stricter in certain areas of Jewish law. But from the very beginning, these two, Hillel and Shamai, clearly had one purpose in mind, to help their people to observe the Torah and Mitzvot. That’s all they cared about. So what happens at the end? Even though they differed in the details, what happened in the end? No side really wins. In Judaism if it’s really a “Machloket lshem Shamayim,” for the sake of Heaven, the thoughts of both sides ultimately merged into the stream of Jewish tradition. So even though we follow Hillel perhaps most of the time, both thoughts were established in a sense, were accepted as divine, and they merged. They contributed to the Jewish people. They were after the truth, to help people observe the Mitzvot. What is the correct path? Which path should we follow? On the other hand, Korach and his congregation, and people like him, and there are many in history of mankind, he was for self-aggrandizement. It was political; purely political. It cannot endure; it failed. But when we are saying something fails, we don’t just mean it didn’t last, it didn’t contribute. It was disastrous. Whenever you have a tremendous rebellion that causes a “Chilul Hashem,” a disgrace of the name of God, it is disastrous. Terrible things have happened in the history of the Jewish people as a result of “Chilul Hashem.” People really, really have to avoid that at all cost. Not to allow a Machloket, a dispute, to get out of hand. Because it is a fire. And you don’t know how much destruction that fire will do. It can burn an entire city down. It burned our first and second Temple. Even though the destruction of our Temple came about for all kinds of reasons, but still, it’s all a “Chilul Hashem” in a sense. How can people just stand by and allow this thing to happen? Well obviously even the elders, even the leaders are affected sometimes. They live in that generation; they’re affected. Affected means when you don’t protest about a wrong, it’s not so much being a partner to crime, which is what we see today many countries being a partner to the crimes committed, all the atrocities committed against so many, so many children, so many innocent victims. It’s not just being a part of the crime. It’s that when you don’t protest, you’re accepting. You are accepting of this norm, of this standard, of this behavior, and therefore you become insensitive to what follows. So a lot of people, even the greatest, have lost their sensitivity and their care about other individuals, about other human beings because they did not protest. So I’ve talked about this many times how it’s important to speak up, to protest, even if you cannot succeed in changing people’s minds. At least you did not become one of them, did not become like them. If you stand by and just observe. I’m not taking any sides. That’s no good. Sometimes you have to take a side. Otherwise, you become like them. And that is what has happened in the world. When countries do not take a clear stance, and fight for the cause they believe in, they basically not only will be ineffective, they are doomed to fail as well, in many ways. Hashem (G-d) sees what’s going on, and he will bring them to a reckoning. There will be a day of reckoning. How come you allowed this? You could have stopped World War Two earlier on its tracks if you really wanted to. And we don’t know all the details, of what went on in all the wars of history. but Hashem (G-d) does. He knows exactly what the Prime Minister, what the President, what each one was thinking, the decisions that the Congress, that the governments made, based on what He knows. We don’t know. We’re not privy to all that information. But Hashem (G-d) knows. And there will be a day of reckoning to all those who could have done differently, who could have saved many lives, and they didn’t. And there are some individuals, angels, all over the world, of all backgrounds and religions, Jews, Christians, and Muslims, who risked their life to save another life, even though they were saving the life of someone of another religion and faith, but they realize the importance of that. How come they did and others did not? It comes down to Free Will. It comes down to an individual realizing what’s important and what’s not, what is really a priority and what’s not. Life is something very very special. It’s worth it. It’s worth to try to preserve it. It’s definitely worth to try to save another life. It’s definitely something that is worth the risk sometimes. Yes, but not enough people are willing to take that risk. It says something about them. Are these people made up of something else? We all have a soul. then what makes some people behave like angels and others like monsters? It depends on various factors. It depends on one’s education, one’s upbringing. But it depends also on one’s character. Is it a refined character, or is it someone who’s selfish? A selfish individual cannot give his life for another. He will not even walk a mile for you. Just what’s the big deal of walking one mile to buy some medication for someone who needs it? You would do so hopefully for your father and mother if they need it. You would walk a couple miles if you have no other way of transportation of getting there to the pharmacy. You would do that for your father and mother. Why not do it for someone else if there’s not too much effort required? People are selfish. They don’t want to bother it somehow interferes with their lifestyle. So that tells you something about these people. So there will always be, always be different kinds of people. And therefore, I really believe, that there will come a time when Hashem (G-d) will call out what Moshe Rabeinu called out after the golden calf, “Mi Lashem Elai,” who is with Hashem (G-d) should come and join me. Who is with God? Hashem will test the world to see who is on His side and who is not. In other words, the world will go through all kinds of challenges and all kinds of situations where people will be tested to see who is with God and who is not. What I’d like to end with is something that a lot of Americans, even though they live in this country, and perhaps went to school, went to college, are not very familiar with. Have you ever looked at the penny? What does it say on the penny? In God we trust. There are other things that the coins have on them. Most people are not familiar with the background of how this came about. But during the time of the Civil War in this country there was some religious sentiment, and a lot of devout people really were urging the United States to put God in a very prominent place. After all, there were many religious people then. And appeals were made, requests were made that the United States recognize the Deity on coins, at least on the United States currency. It looks like one of the first important requests made was made by some Reverend to the then Secretary, Secretary of the Treasury, yeah, Solomon P Chase. And I’m not going to read you the whole request. It basically says, “one fact touching our currency has hitherto been seriously overlooked. I mean the recognition of the Almighty God in some form of our coins.” And he goes along describing how he believes it should be included. I’m just going to read you the end. “This would make a beautiful coin to which no possible citizen could object.” Today many people object to this. But listen carefully to what he says next. “This would relieve us from the ignominy of heathenism. This would place us openly under the divine protection we have personally claimed. From my hearth I have felt our national shame in disowning God as not the least of our present national disasters.” The Secretary of the Treasury agreed, and he instructed those in charge to prepare a motto in a letter dated November 20, 1861. “Dear sir: no nation can be strong except in the strength of God.” Wow. “Or safe except in His defense. The trust of our people in God should be declared on our national coins.” I’m ashamed this is not being expressed in Israel, the people of God. But that’s a separate lecture. Now what does this tell you? Does this tell you just that once upon a time there were more religious? No. That we know; that’s an historical fact. But it tells you how they understood that the protection of the land is from God. They understood that. It was clear to them that without that there’s a danger. Based on what you hear on the debates today and what’s going on in politics, even though people believe in God, some do, they’re not real, they’re not sincere. They don’t demonstrate it, in the way they talk, in the way to behave, and the way they look at others. Just look at what’s going on right now, it’s the best example. God is not in the picture. What is being debated is not for the sake of the country and for the sake of God. It’s a certain interest that each one has to be the one in charge, to be the one in control. It is a self-interest. It is not real. Fake. And if these are the leaders, then the country is in trouble, because of what the forefathers knew, that without God present, not just in the coins, but in their life, they’re in danger, not only of losing moral ground, but risking that the country will not be able to survive for too much longer. Every nation in the world, if you look at history, even though it rose to great heights, it did not last forever. It eventually tumbled down. People should be asking why. What mistakes were made that brought about the fall of Persia, of Babylonia, of Greece, of Rome? What mistakes? What were the mistakes? We don’t have the time to go into all of that, but basically there is a common thread going through all this, and it is not doing it for the sake of God. And when people live a life that is not meaningful, that serves no real purpose except to be rich and powerful and successful, this kind of life cannot last for too long. Even though they succeed perhaps in becoming successful businessmen, and so forth, what values will they give their children? Could they guarantee that their children and grandchildren will also be as successful? Wealth and money does not buy you happiness, does not buy you peace. Right? It will definitely not buy you a life that is spiritual in content and meaningful. On the contrary, it will distract you, and it will only demand that you focus on making more and more money. They once asked John Paul Getty who was a millionaire, how much is enough? What was his answer? “Just a little bit more.” That’s what it is. When the god of humanity today is the god of money, people will continue to worship this god and not realize that there is a real God who manages, who runs this world, who takes care of it. And if we want His protection, we need to do things for His sake, not for our sake. For us living in this time, I think the most powerful message is a message of Micha Hanavi (Micah the Prophet). Micha Hanavi, even though he is speaking to the Jewish people, I really believe that his message is universal, and applies to all faiths and religions alike. And he says like this: “Higid lecha Adam ma tov uma Hashem doresh mimcha, ki im asot mishpat veahavat Chesed vehatznea lechet im Elokecha.” “He has told you ,oh man, what is good and what does the Lord demand of you, but to do justice, to love loving kindness, to walk discreetly with your God.” Just three ideas. Very simple. He did not talk about the whole Torah, because Malachi already speaks about that, and other prophets remind us about that. Here he encapsulates the main idea behind what the Torah is trying to teach mankind, not just the Jewish people, be kind, be good, be discreet with God. Be a modest individual. Do justice. Is that what is happening in the world today? Where do you see justice? You see the opposite of justice, you see war. That is why there’s no doubt in my mind that we’re heading towards the finish line, if we can call it that. It cannot last that much longer, when we see the world falling apart, when we see leaders behaving the way they do. This is a sign of very very big trouble ahead of us. And the fact that morally people are not strong is in itself the greatest indicator that they cannot endure, as we said before. If something is not “lshem Shamayim,” for the sake of Heaven, it cannot endure, it cannot succeed, it cannot last too long. And that is something which is really difficult to teach people. Because even though in Judaism we talk a lot about it, and we teach it to kids. Everybody learns about the importance of “lshem Shamayim.” But as I said earlier, from saying to doing there is a long road. It’s a long road of tremendous amount of effort. And if there’s no will, there’s no desire to achieve that, then obviously one will never get even close to it. We need to want these things; we need to believe in them. We need to realize that this is really what Hashem (G-d) expects of us. How could you love another human being if you don’t believe that he’s created in the image of God? It’s very difficult, very, very difficult, because you think naturally, well, I come first. That is natural. But to care about another individual, and to pity him? What is happening in the world today to so many innocent. I’m not talking about the wicked. There are wicked people. We’re only talking about those who are innocent, who don’t know from right to left, as Hashem (G-d) tells Jonah What are they to blame? Why should they suffer? And we’re sitting back and doing nothing about it. Hashem (G-d) will judge the world, unfortunately, as He has done so in the past. Hopefully, b’ezrat Hashem (with G-d’s help) our decision, for those of us who are living in this generation, should be to go on the side of Hashem (G-d). When Hashem calls out “Mi lashem elai” (who is with G-d join me), hopefully we’ll make the right decision and go over to the side of Hashem (G-d).