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      Hollywood to the Holy Land
      by Tzvi Fishman
      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 26, 5767, 2/14/2007

      Blog of Blogs


      To my Jewish brothers and sisters the world over, and to all friends of the Jewish People and Israel, I bid you shalom.

      It is with great embarrassment and trepidation that I have agreed to inaugurate this blog. Who am I to express my yearnings, thoughts, views, and prayers over such an international public forum? Then again, after four thousand years of reincarnations in previous lifetimes, and during my voyage from Hollywood to the Holy Land in this life, I have hopefully gleaned some precious bits of knowledge that I can share.

      Nonetheless, I will try to lower my voice to a whisper and let other more holy and knowledgeable voices do the writing. Thus we will hear the musings of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaCohen Kook, the opinions of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the esoteric wisdom of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai and the holy Zohar. We will study some Kabbalah, Jewish Law, and translate important writings of Torah giants throughout the ages. We will speak about happiness in marriage, a lot about kosher sex, and bringing up the kids. We will hear about people’s problems, and learn how the saintly Kabbalist, Rabbi Eliahu Leon Levi, helped them adopt a healthier, happier path.

      When we write about politics, we will try to see G-d’s ever-present Hand in the modern unfolding of Jewish history and search to find deeper, more spiritual solutions to our national ills. Hopefully, we will laugh together, and pray together, and exchange ideas. Sometimes I will probably bore you, and other times I will write things that peeve you off. Whatever we write, we will endeavor to do so in the letter and spirit of Jewish Law, even when speaking about the corrupt and empty-headed politicians who often mess up our lives. Our main goal will always be to strive to get closer to Torah, to the Land of Israel, and to G-d.

      That is the reason we are on this planet.

      Everything else is “vanity of vanities,” like surfing on the Internet, the virtual cyberspace hooker of our times. So here we go. Hold on to your seats. This is the blog of blogs, the voice of holiness, Torah, and truth, preparing for blast off. Get ready for a magical mystery tour of the universe. May the L-rd be with us, and may all that we do find favor in His eyes.