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      Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Jewish Creativity and Culture

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      Before making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter. He has co-authored 4 books with Rabbi David Samson, based on the teachings of Rabbi Kook, Eretz Yisrael, Art of T'shuva, War and Peace, and Torat Eretz Yisrael.


      Shevat 10, 5768, 1/17/2008

      New National Leader Arises

      Now that I have spent a few hours at the Jerusalem police station for demonstrating against the government, I am declaring myself a national leader. To this end, I am establishing a new political party that will be constituted, at the very beginning, by Americans who have come on aliyah. The Jews who came to Israel from Europe, and the Israeli generation that followed, have made a mess of things. Today, the country needs the idealism of the Jews who gave up the comforts of America to take a part in the building of Israel. A little good old fashion “American know how” can go a long way in cleaning up the mess that the Zionists, Pseudo Zionists, and Post Zionists have made. The main points of our platform will be:

      *All Arabs must leave the Land of Israel.
      *Any Israeli politician who voted in favor of Oslo or the Hitnatkut, or who promotes the Road Map Plan, will be brought to trial as a national traitor.
      *Relations with the United States shall be suspended until Jonathan Pollard is freed.
      *All atomic facilities in Iran will be immediately destroyed.
      *Any missile launching on Israel will be met with a devastating retaliatory attack.
      *Anyone who propagates leftist propaganda will be deported from the country.
      *All missionaries will be tried in court for kidnapping and murder, and crucified on the Mount of Olives.
      *The judges of the Supreme Court will be replaced by rabbis who will judge all cases according to Torah law.
      *TV and radio will be shut down on Shabbat. Driving on Shabbat will result in license suspension.
      *Women who dress immodestly will be fined. Repeated offenders will be imprisoned.
      *All non-medical abortions will be forbidden.
      *No woman will serve in the army.
      *All secular newspapers will be shut down.
      *Israeli television will be run by a board of rabbis, and Arutz7 will be the only authorized Internet news service.
      *All computers will be equipped with anti-pornography filters.
      *Teacher’s salaries will be doubled.
      *Massive funds will be allotted to promote aliyah, and all Jews who refuse to immigrate to Israel within three years will forever forfeit their right of return.
      *Haredim will donate the funds to rebuild Gush Katif, and they will do all of the hard labor or face imprisonment.

      Readers are invited to submit names for the new party. Once a name is selected, a bank account will be opened, and donators can send their contributions directly to the account. Until party elections can be held, I will serve as acting head of the party. 

      Shevat 6, 5768, 1/13/2008

      Reflections From The Jerusalem Jail

      While I was being detained Thursday night at Jerusalem Police Headquarters for demonstrating against President Bush and the Road Map Plan, it occurred to me that I would rather be imprisoned in the Land of Israel than be a free man in America, England, or France. True, there are problems in Israel that need to be mended. Our situation can be compared to a patient in a hospital. Though the patient is presently ill, he is on the way to being healed. Though the treatment may be painful, it is a necessary part of the recovery process, even if it takes a long time.

      In contrast, the situation of the Jewish People in the Diaspora is similar to a dying man in a hospice for the terminally ill. Judaism in the exile is destined to end. That is the nature of the exile itself – a long Divine punishment that lasts a certain time then dies out without a trace. In contrast, Jewish life in the Land of Israel flourishes and grows in spite of all of the complications and setbacks.

      The plague of darness that fell over biblical Egypt is happening again today.The majority of Jews who are still living in the Diaspora are suffering from this very same plague. The darkness in the Diaspora is so thick, a person who is accustomed to the holiness of Eretz Yisrael can actually physically feel it – what the Torah terms “darkness that you can feel” (Shemot, 10:21 ). Unfortunately, the Jews in the Diaspora are blind to the prison bars that surround them. This is the worst type of incarceration there is. They believe that everything is wonderful, that Jewish life is thriving, and that Hashem is pleased with their Jewish Federations, and Temples, and gentile wives. The proof of their blindness is that they don’t see the darkness at all. You can explain things to them until you are blue in the face, but the lovers of galut are blind to their exile reality. They will list a hundred sound reasons for prolonging their Diaspora existences, when the plain simple truth is that, today, a Jew is supposed to live in the Land of Israel. We are not speaking about people who have sick parents to attend to, or other possibly justifiable reasons, but about the majority who could come to Israel, but don’t.

      In this week’s Torah reading, Rashi explains that four-fifths of the Jewish People in Egypt were stricken during the plague of darkness, because they did not want to leave their bondage and journey as free men to Eretz Yisrael. Only one out of five took a part in the Exodus. Today, a similar percentage of Jews cling to the darkness of their foreign exiles in America, Mexico, Australia, Canada, South Africa, Russia, Europe, and the other Mitzrayims of today. They don’t see the bars of their jail cells, but the spiritual bondage is exactly the same.

      May the G-d of our Forefathers open the eyes of all of our incarcerated brothers and sisters in exile to recognize the darkness of their foreign lives and false identities, and may He bring them home soon to join in the work of healing the psychological scars and traumas of the Diaspora, which still cling to our frightened leaders and weaken our embattled nation. 

      If we had another 5 million Jews in Israel, the Arabs would flee on their own. There would be no Road Maps, no Annapolises, no Oslos, no Hitnatkuts. As the expression goes, "If you are not a part of the solution, you are a part of the problem." True we have problems in Israel, but the Jews of the Diaspora are to blame.          

      Shevat 3, 5768, 1/10/2008

      Obstacle to Peace

      “Where the hell are the settlements?” President Bush asked this morning during his drive through the West Bank to Ramallah.

      “You can’t see them because of the foggy weather,” Condolisa Rice answered.

      “Don’t feed me that crap!” the President responded irritably. “All of the time, you State Department people are badgering me about the settlements. Well, where the hell are they? There’s nothing but rocks  and empty hills out here.”

      “There’s a settlement,” the driver said, pointing to a large hillside village cluttered with mosques.

      “Settlement my ass,” the President responded. “I suppose those mosques are synagogues. And don’t tell that those shepherds are Jewish settlers. If I am out here already, I want to see a Jewish settlement. Ever since we left Jerusalem, I’ve seen nothing but deserted land and a few donkeys and sheep. I want to know what the hell all the fuss is about!”

      “We are coming to an illegal outpost now,” said the CIA agent accompanying the President.

      The long caravan of cars and secuity vehicles turned toward Ramallah at the “T” Junction. Just to the side of the road was a tiny cluster of caravans.

      “Slow down,” the President ordered. Intently he stared out the window. “Why it’s nothing but a needle in a haystack!” he declared.

      “But Jews live there,” Condolisa Rice answered.

      “So what?” the President said. “Who cares? They aren’t bothering anyone. No on lives within miles of here!”
      "Who cares if some Jews are living there?"

      The Secretary of State leaned over and whispered in the President’s ear. “If the Jews have returned to Biblical Israel to live here forever, it means they really are the Chosen People, and that Christianity is one big lie. America is a Christian country. Now do you understand?”

      “I understand that all of these illegal Jewish settlements and outposts must be torn down immediately, that’s for sure,” the President answered. “They are an obstacle to peace and must be dismantled now!” 

      Shevat 1, 5768, 1/8/2008

      Uncle Sam Poster Disclaimer

      In reference to the poster of Uncle Sam posted yesterday in an INN news article - while I agree with the underlying message that America and US President Bush's "Road Map" Piece Plan to slice the Land of Israel into pieces, divide Jerusalem, and create what is certain to become a terrorist state, is nothing but an insidious plan to harm the Jewish People and an unparalled act of evil - I would not put a poster like this on the streets of Jerusalem.

      May the Almighty save us from this most recent betrayal of the Jewish People, and from all forms of anti-Semitism, no matter how elegantly disguised they may be. May all those nations who seek to divide our Land have their own lands divided instead, and may all of their evil intentions turn back against themselves.

      With friends like these, who needs enemies?    

      Tevet 28, 5768, 1/6/2008

      The Burning Bush

      Please circulate this poster over the web. Click on the poster to email.

      The Burning Bush