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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.
Av 28, 5767, 8/12/2007
If a Jew is thrown into prison and he doesn’t have tefillin, then he can’t do the mitzvah. But the mitzvah of tefillin isn’t cancelled because of this. The very first morning that he gets out of jail, he once again must perform the mitzvah of putting on tefillin.
"Can I have a pair of tefillin, please?"
In the same way, during the almost 2000 years that the Jewish People were in the prison of exile in foreign lands, we didn’t have the means to re-conquer and resettle the Land of Israel in a national way. However, as soon as the means returned to our hands, as it has in the last one hundred years, then we are obligated once again to live in the Eretz Yisrael.
It says in this week’s Torah portion, “Reeh”:
“These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall observe to do in the Land, which the L-rd G-d of thy fathers gives thee to possess it, all the days that you live upon the earth” (Devarim, 12:1).
Can anything be clearer than this verse from the Torah? First, we are told that the Jewish People are to perform the commandments in the Land of Israel. Then the verse goes on and emphasizes that this is not something reserved to the time of Moshe and Yehoshua, but for “all the days that you live upon the earth.” That means that the Land of Israel is the place where the Jews are to live and practice the Torah forever.
What can be confusing or unclear about this?
It is true that for the almost two thousand years that the Jews were expelled from the Land of Israel in punishment for our sins, we had no way of returning to Israel en masse, and we were thus physically prevented from living there in a national way. Individual Jews and small Jewish communities always continued to live in the Holy Land, but without ships, and weapons, and a practical way of re-conquering the Land, we were compelled to exist in galut as foreigners in foreign lands. Like a Jew in prison without tefillin, we couldn’t do the mitzvah of living in our Land.
Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda HaKohen Kook said that this situation resembled what happened many times in Jewish villages in Russia, when the Jews couldn’t obtain etrogs on Sukkot. Without the etrogs, they couldn’t perform the commandment of waving the lulav, but this did not cancel the mitzvah. The mitzvah remained. Come the following Sukkot, if the Jews had etrogs in Russia, they continued performing the mitzvah just as before.
So too with the mitzvah of living in the Land of Israel. If we are physically prevented from doing so because we lack the financial, economic, and military means necessary to establish Jewish sovereignty over Eretz Yisrael, then the mitzvah is not in our grasp. However, living in Eretz Yisrael, and putting it under Jewish control, remains a mitzvah, and the minute the capability returns to our hands, the Jewish People are beholden to do so.
In the past century, the Almighty gave us the capability of returning en masse to our homeland. Disguising His guiding hand behind a curtain of seemingly natural, historical events like World Wars and international declarations and agreements, and through people like Herzl, Balfour, Jabotinsky, Rabbi Kook, Ben Gurion, and Allenby, and through an awakened Jewish spirit that led to the fighting forces of the Jewish Brigade, the Hagana, Etzel, Lechi, and Tzahal, the capability returned and the State of Israel was reborn. Metaphorically, the etrog and tefillin returned to our hands. The mitzvah to live in the Land of Israel became reactivated for all of the nation.
What’s the difference with the mitzvah of living in Israel?
Many have come. But many others still wallow in jail, even though the gates of the prison have opened.
I don’t understand. These same people will run to find a beautiful etrog. They will pay large sums to get their hands on kosher tefillin. What’s the difference with the mitzvah of living in Israel?
Can somebody tell me?
Av 24, 5767, 8/8/2007
A person wrote us asking for advice how to escape from the clutches of depression and sexual sin. Since this is a problem that affects a great many people, here is our answer:
In several places you mention that depression can lead to sexual sin. The truth is that I’m depressed a lot and I find myself drawn to look at erotic pictures and then to have relations with my wife in an immodest manner, or at a forbidden time, or on other occasions, I just masturbate in order to feel good. But then I find myself getting depressed all over again and the cycle repeats. How I can be happy?
Being happy is a mitzvah that you have to work at. Don’t give up, don’t fall into despair, pray to G-d to help you, and He will answer your prayers.
There are many self-help books on being happy. One we recommend is “Gateway to Happiness” by Rabbi Zelig Pliskin, available online at www.eichlers.com. It turns out that being happy is an art that you can learn. But, like all other crafts, it takes diligence and hard work. Since you have not given us any insights into your personality, here we will list some general suggestions based on the deep Torah wisdom of the Hasidic master, Rabbi Nachman of Breslov. In his book, “Advice,” he states:
“Try to be as happy as you possibly can. Search for your good points in order to make yourself happy. If for nothing else, you can be happy with the thought that you are a Jew. If you genuinely realize the true implications of this, you will find joy without limits. No matter what you may go through, you will always be able to take heart from this and be happy all your life.”
If you can follow this advice, you have made a good beginning. Here is some more advice from Rabbi Nachman. Study each point. Try to incorporate it into your life. Keep working at being happy, don’t give up, don’t fall into despair, pray to G-d to help you with all of your heart and He will answer your prayers.
*Depression is like a sediment which covers the heart of the Jew and prevents it from burning with passion for G-d.
*Depression is a form of idolatry. How joyous we are depends on our purity and how close we are to the true Tzaddikim, who are the joy of all Israel. If you are joyous, the light of G-d’s countenance will radiate upon you.
*The main reason for immorality is because of depression. The way to be pure is through joy. If you are happy, G-d will help you to keep yourself pure.
*Man’s imagination is the source of all temptations. It is one of man’s animal aspects. If it becomes dominant, it is because of depression which is an evil spirit. Forgetfulness gains a hold, and one forgets one’s true purpose of sanctifying oneself in order to merit the World to Come. We have to fight back and aim to be constantly happy in order to shatter the power of the imagination. Then we will be able to set the World to Come always in our minds.
*When a person is depressed, his intellect and mind go into exile. This makes it very hard for him to concentrate on t’shuva (repentance) on returning to G-d. When a person fills his mind with joy, his intellect becomes freed from its exile, and he can concentrate his mind on the true goal of returning to G-d.
*Don’t be depressed. The root of depression is in the husks (kelipot) which are at war with all that is holy. Whenever depression takes grip, the Shechinah, which is the joy of Israel, goes into exile. The destruction of the husks of unholiness depends on joy.
*Because the incense which was burned in the Holy Temple had the power to free the holy life force from the husks, you should recite the passages in the prayer book which deal with the daily incense offering with great concentration. This will help bring you to joy.
*Fasting brings joy. The more you have fasted, the greater the joy.
*Crying is good when you cry out of joy. Contrition and regret for your sins are also good if they stem from joy – in the sense that you experience the joy of G-d’s Presence so intensely that you feel sorry for ever having rebelled against Him, and you burst into tears of joy.
*When you confess your sins, you must specify each sin exactly. You should confess about everything you did, and the confession must be verbalized in words. Thinking alone is not enough. You must also go into all of the details. Many people have a lot of barriers against this. The way to overcome them is through the joy of fulfilling the mitzvot. When you go to a wedding or some other happy occasion, you should work yourself up into such a mood of joy that you dance and dance. When you are happy, it is easy to confess, and it will make amends for all of the damage you did with your sins.
*You should feel so happy when you do a mitzvah that you don’t do it merely to receive a reward in the World to Come. Rather because you want G-d to send you another mitzvah, because your joy is the mitzvah itself. If you pray with intensity and great awe and love, you will be able to experience this joy.
*The way to come to joy is through Torah and prayer. You should always prayer to attain the level that is hidden from you. And when this is revealed you should pray to achieve the level that is still hidden. This is how to rise from level to level. It is the way to find joy, which is the source of spiritual strength.
*If you put so much effort into a holy task that you literally sweat, you will be able to experience true joy.
*It is a wonderful thing when people dance for joy for the sake of a mitzvah! There are times when it is a mitzvah to drink some wine – on Shabbat or Yom Tov, or at a wedding, or other religious celebrations. If you drink on such occasions, your intention should be for the sake of Heaven. Drink moderately, and not to excess, with the purpose of experiencing the true joy of Israel, which is to rejoice in G-d who chose us from all other nations. As your joy begins to radiate, it will spread to your legs and you will literally begin to dance for joy. This will banish the evil forces of the Other Side, which grips the legs. The fire with which we dance is “a fire offering, a sweet savor to the L-rd” (BaMidbar, 28:8). But when one dances in the heat of the evil inclination, it is a “strange fire” (Vayikra, 10:1), and the wine which he drinks is the “wine of drunkenness,” which gives a hold to the forces of the Other Side.
*The music of one who is truly G-d fearing can help you to be happy. It has the power to break the force of fantasy. You will be able to focus your thoughts on the World to Come and to understand the hints which G-d sends you constantly each day in order to draw you closer to Him.
*If you are joyous it will bring you to new horizons in Torah.
*The holiness of the Land of Israel has the power to break the force of depression.
*A person who examines and judges himself over everything he does thereby frees himself from the harsh judgments that were weighing upon him. He will be so happy that he will literally dance for joy.
*Once a person decides to be pure and devote himself to serving G-d, it is a very big sin if he allows himself to be depressed. Because G-d hates depression.
*There are times when the only way to make yourself happy is by doing something silly or making jokes. There are so many troubles that people have to go through physically and spiritually – trying to make a living, etc. etc. – that the only way they can make themselves happy is by doing something silly and acting a bit crazy. The whole vitality of the body and the soul depend on being happy. And in the worlds above, great unifications are brought about through the joy of the spirit.
Try doing something silly
*It is a great mitzvah to always be happy. Be determined to keep away from depression, and aim to be happy constantly. Happiness is the remedy for all kinds of diseases, because many illnesses are caused by depression. You must be resourceful in order to make yourself happy. Often you must do something a little bit crazy in order to make yourself happy.
*Try hard to turn your very depression and worry into joy. True joy is when you drag your darkness and depression even against their will and force them to turn into happiness.
*When someone is happy all day, it is easier for him to spend an hour or so with a broken heart, talking to G-d and pouring out his heart like water before Him. After a broken heart comes joy. The test of whether your heart was really broken is if afterwards you feel joy.
*To find true joy is the hardest thing of all. It is harder than all other spiritual tasks. You must literally force yourself to be happy at all times. Put all of your energy into it. Use every kind of ploy. Often the only way is by doing something foolish or childish.
*Most of all you must be happy while you are praying. Be sure to always pray with joy. The same applies with carrying out the mitzvot. You should be especially joyous on Shabbat and Yom Tov. Even on weekdays it is a great mitzvah to be happy.
*It is a great thing to bring joy to the heart of your fellow Jews. Most people are full of pain or worry and all kinds of troubles, and they find it impossible to speak out what is in their hearts. Someone who comes with a smiling face can literally give them fresh life. This is a very great thing. When you make another person happy, you are literally giving new life to a Jewish soul.
In summary, being happy is a mitzvah that you have to work at. Don’t give up, don’t fall into despair, pray to G-d to help you, and He will answer your prayers.
Av 22, 5767, 8/6/2007
Olmert and Bush and Rice and Peres and Barak and Mohammed and Moishe and all the other Pinocchios have come up with another Pinocchio Peace Plan to sell Judea and Samaria down the drain.
"The Pinocchio Plan does not endanger Israel."
Get ready to listen to all of their promises and lies, and the millions of Pinocchio news reports and political commentaries and editorials and interviews and media hype that will follow. They will give their plan a fancy new name, but it’s all the same garbage of “territories for peace” and a “Palestinian State” and the “final solution” to the problem of the fanatic settlers who are the “real obstacles of peace.”
You have to give them credit for trying. They never give up. Plan after plan. Lie after lie. Perhaps there are still naïve readers out there who want to give these Pinocchios the benefit of the doubt and say that they really mean well, and that they are just trying to find a fair solution to the conflict for the benefit of everyone, but that they don’t know what to do – well I can save the people of Israel the agony of going through another one of their doomed fiascos and all of the innocent Jewish lives it will cost.
The situation resembles a story by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov that goes something like this:
There was once a simple peasant who had a lot of worries and problems. Nothing seemed to go right. Whatever he tried, he couldn’t make a living. Once dreamed that there was a great treasure under a bridge in Vienna. He traveled the long distance on foot and by wagon to Vienna and stood near the bridge, trying to figure out what to do. He did not dare search for the treasure by day, because of the many people who were passing by.
After a while, a police officer passed by and asked, “What are you doing, standing here and thinking so much?”
The peasant decided that it would be best to tell the truth and ask for help, hoping that the officer would share the treasure with him. So he told him the entire story.
The point is that the peasant had the treasure all along. But to find it, he had to travel to Vienna. Rabbi Nachman taught that this is also true in serving G-d. Each Jew has the treasure, but in order to find it, he must travel to the tzaddik.
In our case too, the Nation of Israel has had the treasure all along. The key to all of our problems has been in our hands, right before our eyes, for thousands of years. Our treasure is the Torah. When we abandon all of the Oslo Plans, and Disengagement Plans, and Pinocchio Peace Plans, and follow the Torah’s Plan, then our problems will come to an end. We will have peace and prosperity, and lasting triumph over all of our enemies – just like the Torah promises.
Here are a few of the platforms of the Torah Plan, as set forth in the book of Devarim by Moshe:
ECONOMY: The Israeli economy will be run according to the guidelines of the Torah, as it says: “And it shall come to pass, if you hearken diligently to my commandments which I command you this day, to love the L-rd your G-d and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul, that I will give you the rain of your Land in due season, the early rain and the late rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil (Devarim, 11:13).
FOREIGN POLICY: Relations with the world will be conducted according to the directions of the Torah, as it says, “Keep the commandments and do them, for this is your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, who shall hear all of the statutes and say, ‘Surely this great nation is a wise and understanding people… that had G-d so near to them” (Devarim, 4:7).
JUSTICE: The Justice system shall be according to Torah law, as it says, “Judges and officers you shall appoint in all thy gates, which the L-rd thy G-d gives thee, throughout thy tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment… Justice, only justice, thou shall pursue, that thou mayst live and inherit the Land which the L-rd thy G-d gives thee” (Devarim, 16:18-20).
EDUCATION: The Education system shall be according to the Torah, as it says, “And these words which I command thee this day shall be in thy heart, and thou shall diligently teach them to thy children” (Devarim, 6:6).
WELFARE: The Welfare system shall be according to Torah law, as it says, “If there be among you a poor man, one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in the Land which the L-rd your G-d gives thee, thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother, but thou shalt open thy hand wide to him, and thou shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need in that which he lacks,” (Devarim, 15:7).
DEFENSE: The Defense establishment will be run according to the dictates of the Torah, as it says, “For if you shall diligently keep all these commandments which I command you to do them, to love the L-rd your G-d, and to walk in all His ways, and to hold fast to Him, then the L-rd will drive out all these nations from before you, and you shall possess nations larger and mightier than yourselves, (Devarim, 11:22-23).
HEALTH: The Health system will be administered in light of the wisdom of the Torah, as it says, “And the L-rd will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knewest, upon thee, but will lay them upon all of those who hate thee,” (Devarim, 7:15).
ARABS IN ISRAEL: Relations with foreigners in the Land who refuse to accept Jewish sovereignty over all of Eretz Yisrael will be according to the Torah, as it says, “Thou shall make no covenant with them, no show mercy to them,” (Devarim, 7:2).
Enough with all the Pinocchios and their lies. It is time we returned to the Torah.
Av 18, 5767, 8/2/2007
A Jew who comes on aliyah to Israel today has all kinds of organizations to assist him. There is Nefesh B’Nefesh, the Jewish Agency, Tehilla, and groups such as Americans and Canadians in Israel, the British Olim Society, and the like. Plus the Government of Israel offers tax breaks, subsidies, and other incentives. But the main help, of course, comes from G-d, as He promises in this week’s Torah portion:
"For the L-rd thy G-d brings thee into a good Land, a Land of water courses, of fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills; a Land of wheat, and barley, and vineyards, and fig trees, and pomegranates; a Land of olive oil, and honey; a Land where thou shall eat bread without scarceness, thou shall not lack anything in it” (Devarim, 8:7-9).
No organization can give you a better guarantee then that!
The verse which follows immediately after this Divine insurance policy is one of the 613 commandments of the Torah: “When thou hast eaten and are satisfied, then thou shall bless the L-rd thy G-d for the good Land that he has given thee” (Devarim, 8:10).
This is what is called the “Birchat HaMazone,” the Blessing after Meals. After finishing a meal in which we ate bread, we are to thank G-d for the food and for the Land which He has given us, as we say, “Blessed are Thou, O L-rd, for the Land and the sustenance.”
Thus, if we live in Paris, we say, “Blessed are Thou for the land of France and the sustenance.”
If we live in Beverly Hills, we say, “Blessed are Thou for the land of America and the sustenance.”
Or if we are in Toronto we say, “Blessed are Thou for the land of Canada and the sustenance.”
"Blessed art Thou for America and for the bagel."
Wait a minute! That isn’t right. Wherever we are on the globe, we say, “Blessed are thou, O L-rd, for the Land and the sustenance,” where the meaning of “the Land” is the Land of Israel.
Even if a Jewish astronaut were to eat a pastrami sandwich on the moon, he would still thank G-d for the pastrami sandwich and the Land of Israel.
"Blessed art Thou for the Land of Israel"
How can it be that a Jew on the moon, or in a bagel café in Beverly Hills, or in some expensive kosher restaurant in Paris, should thank G-d for the food which he ate and for Land of Israel? What’s the connection between the Land of Israel and a bagel or a baguette? We can readily understand why a Jew living in Israel would be called upon to thank G-d for the Land of Israel, since he is living there. But why should a Jew in France or Canada thank G-d for the Land of Israel after he eats? That, my good friends, is the question.
There are several facets to the answer. First, we thank G-d for the Land of Israel because a Jew is supposed to be living in the Land of Israel, and not in France or Canada. The sad fact that there are Jews living outside of the Land is in punishment for the sins of our past. When we were cast into exile a long time ago, our Rabbis decreed that we should continue to practice the mitzvot, even though G-d gave them to us to observe in Eretz Yisrael. This was in order to make sure that we wouldn’t forget how to do them during our long absence from our Land, as Rashi teaches in this week’s Torah portion: “Even though I am exiling you from Eretz Yisrael to outside of the Land, distinguish yourselves with the commandments, so that when you return, they will not seem new in your eyes (Rashi, Devarim, 11:18; Sifre, Ekev, 11:18. See also Ramban on the Torah, there). Rashi explains with a parable: “This is like a king who became angry at his wife and sent her back to her father’s house. He said to her, ‘Wear your jewelry so it won’t seem new to you when you return to the palace.’ Thus the Blessed One Holy Be He says to Israel, ‘My sons, distinguish yourselves with the precepts so that when you return, they won’t be new to you.’ This is what the prophet, Jeremiah, meant when he said, ‘Set up way marks for yourself, make yourself signposts” (Jeremiah, 31:20). These are the mitzvot which the People of Israel are commanded to do” (Rashi, loc cited).
Included in the mitzvot that we are to do wherever we are on the globe is the mitzvah of grace after meals. Even though we have been temporarily uprooted from our home in Israel, we are to continue to thank G-d for the food and for the Land of Israel, the one and only place that we are really supposed to live.
A further reason why we thank G-d for Eretz Yisrael and not America is because the commandment states, “When thou hast eaten and are satisfied, then thou shall bless the L-rd thy G-d for the good Land that he has given thee” (Devarim, 8:10). G-d didn’t give the Jews the land of America. G-d gave it to the Indians until the English/Americans came and slaughtered them all.
The other reason why we continue to thank G-d for the Land of Israel is to ingrain in our psyche the centrality of the Land of Israel to the Torah and to Jewish life. This is to make sure we don't mix things around and put our craving for bagels over our craving for the Land. Every time that we eat a meal, we are to repeat this understanding until it becomes like a mantra, implanting in our brains the eternal recognition that our one and only homeland, the place where we are to live out our lives, and the source of our physical and spiritual sustenance, is Eretz Yisrael - and not France, Canada, or the USA.
Today, when the decree of exile has lifted, and every Jew can simply hop on an airplane and come back home to Israel within a few hours, our days of schizophrenia are over. Finally, a Jew can eat his meal and fulfill the mitzvah in its intended wholeness, so that when he says the grace after meals, he can say it where it was meant to be said, whether it be a bagel café on Dizengorf Street in Tel Aviv, or in a baguette shop on Rehov Yafo in Jerusalem: “Blessed art Thou, O L-rd, for the Land and for the sustenance.” Amen.
Just like the Bible says: "A Land that doesn't lack anything." In the picture, a contented new immigrant from France.
Av 16, 5767, 7/31/2007
If you don’t want your children (and husbands) to see photos of bare bosomed black women when they open the daily newspaper, then you had better think twice about bringing the Jerusalem Post into your homes. When my parents came on aliyah, they subscribed to the Jerusalem Post, but I am canceling their subscription to prevent them from transgressing the Torah.
The photos of these smiling, young bare bosomed black women (BBBW) have begun to appear every week in large advertisements, featured on page 2, as enticements for safaris to Africa and other travel adventures around the world. Apparently, the travel agency, Geotours, that sponsors the ads, believes that photos of attractive BBBW will advance their sale of tickets. Presumably, they came to this conclusion upon the advice of some expensive Tel Aviv public relations company, whose research indicates that newspaper readers are turned on by this kind of imagery, and not by lions or giraffes.
I'd feel a lot safer with the lions!
The fact is that publishing pictures of BBBW in a newspaper involves several transgressions of the Torah, including “Thou shall not put a stumbling block in front of a blind man,” and “Thou shall not cause the multitude to sin.” This is because erotic pictures of BBBW lead readers to transgress the Torah prohibitions, “Thou shall not go astray after your hearts and after your eyes which lead you astray,” and “You shall guard yourself from every evil thing.” The Torah commands us to keep our camp holy to insure that the Divine Presence not abandon us, as the verse warns: “Therefore thy camp shall be holy that He see no unclean thing in thee, and turn away from thee (Devarim, 23:15). How much more does this demand for holiness apply to our homes, as it says in this week’s Torah portion, “Neither shall you bring an abomination into thy house” (Devarim, 7:26). It is forbidden to have this kind of suggestive erotica in our living rooms and bedrooms. The Gemara teaches, “You should guard yourself from every evil thing – this means that a man should not gaze on an attractive woman.” This is because, “A man shouldn’t have sexual thoughts in the day and come to seminal impurity at night” (Avodah Zara 20B).
You can say I am exaggerating, but remember the good old days before Internet, when it was tough for a kid to get his hands on pornographic material? If his father didn’t have a secret stash of dirty mags at home, he had to settle with going to library and nervously rummaging through stacks of National Geographic back issues, hunting for these same photos of BBBW in order to satisfy his lust.
B.G. (Before Google)
That was a Jewish boy’s safari adventure back then. Today, there are “cultured” safaris that take you right to the scene in Africa, where you can presumably get to meet the BBBW of your dreams. Times may have changed, but a teenager’s hormones haven’t. If he doesn’t have access to the Internet, or some other way of getting a hold of the stuff, the BBBW’s of these ads in the Jerusalem Post can serve his cravings just as well, leading him to violate the severest prohibition of the Torah.
To tell the truth, this isn’t the only problem with the pictures in the Jerusalem Post. Many weekend editions feature photographic essays on women’s lingerie that would make any kippah turn back for a second glance. And for some unexplained reason, an immodest, full page photo of a bikini clad Tel Aviv beach is the regular back page of one of the newspaper’s weekly magazines.
Certainly, the Jerusalem Post is absolutely wholesome compared with the leading Hebrew rags, Maariv and Yediot. If you were to cut out their immodest photos with a scissors, you would be left with a newspaper that looked like a thin slice of Swiss cheese or a strip of paper cutout dolls. There would be more newspaper in the trash bag than you’d end up holding in your hands, and this is without even talking about the insipid editorial garbage and leftist poison they print.
Maariv - After the Scissors
We understand that newspaper companies want to sell newspapers, but this is the Holy Land. Free enterprise is fine as long as it doesn’t violate the rights of others (the rights of women, for example, by turning them into sex objects) or violate the Torah by publishing socially accepted pornography, in whatever shape or form. One thing is certain, you’ll never see this type of smut on Arutz 7, or in their sister newspaper, “B’Sheva,” thank G-d.
If you agree with me, send the Jerusalem Post an e-mail and let them know what you think. And if you don’t agree with me, then why bother reading this blog? Read the Jerusalem Post instead.