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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.


      Tammuz 8, 5767, 6/24/2007

      The Demise of British Jewry

      What are you waiting for, old chaps? How many boycotts do you need to see the writing on the wall? It’s time to come to Israel, now.
      More young British Jews live alone, more couples live together without children and/or marriage, and more households contain both Jewish and non-Jewish members than ever before.

      Let’s face it – the British hate the Jews. Except for a few righteous souls like Balfour, way back in the good old days, when the English Parliament still had a respect for the Bible and recognized that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jews, the British have constantly betrayed us. Remember the White Paper, when they refused to let Jews immigrate to Palestine, even though they were supposed to be here under a mandate to help us set up our own Jewish State? How many boatloads of refugees did they turn away at our shores? Wake up, old chaps. Don’t be fooled by their fight against the Nazis in World War Two. They did that to save their country, not to save the Jews. And their partnership with America in the war against Iraq was just to protect their oil interests, not to protect us.

      Of course, the British hate us. Among other things, they want to be known as the people of the book, and it irks them that we are. True, they have Shakespeare and Dickens and Henry James, but we have the Bible, and nothing tops that. It was a devastating blow to the Englishman’s ego when the Americans proved to be smarter and more successful than the Brits, but when The Jews in the tiny State of Israel ousted the great British Empire, that was an unpardonable sin. Plus, as everyone knows, if it weren’t for the Jews, Scotland Yard wouldn’t have to worry so much about El Quaida. It isn’t just the British professors, and journalists, and doctors, and workers, and trade unions who hate us. They all hate us. So why is it, old chaps, that you still want to stay?

      Jewish Immigrants to Palestine turned away by the British

      But that isn’t the only reason to worry. A recently published survey reveals that British Jewry is dying. Among the findings:

      “A higher proportion of British Jews than in almost any other religious or ethnic group live in single-person households. This, together with the large number of mixed Jewish- gentile households, compels a rethink of the nature of the Jewish community, according to the researchers.”

      “More young British Jews live alone, more couples live together without children and/or marriage, and more households contain both Jewish and non-Jewish members than ever before. The picture is further complicated by the numbers of people who are divorced, separated or remarried.”

      68% of those cohabiting had a partner who was not Jewish. This means that the Jewish family unit in England is disappearing and that inter-ethnic households are on the rise. Which means that the Jewish birthrate is swiftly declining, and if the trend continues, then El Quaida won’t have anything to do in England, and Scotland Yard can go back to catching dogs.

      So, come to Israel, old chaps, while you still are Jews. We have a family dentist from London, and he is a wonderful fellow. And our family doctor from Manchester is brilliant, witty, dedicated to Torah, and a trustworthy physician to boot. If they made it, so can you.