Let's Make a Deal

Tzvi Fishman,

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Tzvi Fishman
Tzvi Fishman is a recipient of the Israel Ministry of Education Award for Creativity and Jewish Culture. His many novels and books on a variety of Jewish themes are available at Amazon Books. Recently, he has published "Arise and Shine!" and "The Lion's Roar" - 2 sequels to his popular novel, "Tevye in the Promised Land." In Israel, the Tevye trilogy is distributed by Sifriyat Bet-El Publishing. He is also the director and producer of the feature film, "Stories of Rebbe Nachman," starring Israel's popular actor, Yehuda Barkan. www.tzvifishmanbooks.com ...

Let’s Make a Deal

As I have stated on several occasions, instead of pouring hundreds of millions of dollars to strengthen their dying communities in the Diaspora, American Jewish organizations and their leaders should encourage their constituents to make Aliyah – the only true solution to the plague of assimilation and intermarriage which is decimating American Jewry. And, in my humble opinion, the leaders should set an example by leading the way to Zion themselves.

Here and there, you find exceptions, who are not reluctant to express a bold Zionist statement without being afraid that it will be interpreted as dual loyalty. A recent example, and subsequent victim, is Farley Weiss, the head of the National Council of Young Israel Synagogues. Mr. Weiss, a longtime advocate for Jonathan Pollard’s right to be free, defended the recent merger of the Jewish Home and Jewish Power (Otzma Yehudit) parties in Israel, explaining that it was a mere technical block to insure that votes would not be wasted in the Religious Zionist camp if parties running alone failed to reach the election threshold. Immediately, 22 Young Israel synagogues hollered, “Gevalt! Not us! We don’t back radical Jews,” and Mr. Weiss was forced to clarify that his statement did not speak for the gamut of YI shuls.

On Friday, 38 Orthodox Religious-Zionist Rabbis in America signed a letter against the Otzma Yehudit party, stating: “This violent, racist party has no place in the Religious Zionist movement.” The petition was organized by the spiritual clergy at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in New York City, headed by the respected Rabbi Lookstein, who presided over the conversion of Ivanka Trump and her marriage to the Orthodox Jew, Jared Kushner, one of the architects and main pushers of the “Deal of the Century” – a plan which betrays the very foundations upon which Religious Zionism is based. Not only are these Religious Zionist Rabbis in America apparently wiser than the leading Religious Zionist Rabbis in Israel who supported the technical political merger, none of them to my knowledge has protested against the “Swindle of the Century” which, if enacted, would bring a disaster upon the Jewish State.   

The JTA news service also announced that 80 rabbis signed onto a petition by "Torat Chayim," an international association of Modern Orthodox Zionist Rabbis, saying that bringing Otzma Yehudit into the government "is truly a lamentable failure by Netanyahu.” Anyone who bothers to look at the “Torat Chayim” website will discover that their long list of “Orthodox Rabbis” is filled with the names of women. Hmmm.

Since everyone is beginning to talk about the “Big Deal,” let’s make a deal as well. As the Bell Curve of intermarriage proves, American Jewry and its leadership are on the way out. In the meantime, as they sink deeper and deeper into the quicksand of assimilation, let them concentrate on solving their own problems and leave Religious Zionism to the Israelis.