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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.

       

      Tammuz 19, 5767, 7/5/2007

      Fun and Easy Dual-Loyalty Test


      There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding whether a Diaspora Jew owes his national allegiance to the gentile country where he is living in exile, or to Israel, the home of the Jews. This is because over the long course of exile away from our homeland, Judaism was denuded to being a religion like any other, lacking its all-important national component that the Land of Israel provides. To help people determine where they stand on this crucial question, we have devised a Jewish identity test. While we have chosen the example of America as our Diaspora nationality, Jews living in other countries can substitute pictures from the lands of their exile, whether it be England, France, Australia, or the North Pole.
       
      Dilemma of the Diaspora Jew
       
       
      Which flag is the flag of your nation?
       
      Flag of America
       
      Flag of Israel
       
      Which photo is a picture of your nation’s capital?
       
      Washington D.C.
       
      Jerusalem
       
      Which historic national landmark moves your emotions more?
       
      Statue of Liberty
       
      Kotel
       
      Which picture evokes in you a prouder more patriotic response?
       
      Walk on the Moon
       
      Conquest of Kotel
       
      With which of these two mountains do you identify more?
       
      Mount Rushmore
       
      Masada
       
      If these two armies were at war with each other, which would you support?
       
      U.S. Marines
       

       
      Which of these men made a greater impact on the history of your nation?
       
      John Kennedy
       
      David Ben Gurion
       
      Which historic figure do you consider the forefather of your nation?
       
      George Washington
       
      Abraham
       
      Which of these foods do you consider a national favorite?
       
      Hamburger and Fries
       
      Felafel
       
      Where would you prefer to be buried?
       
      Arlington National Cemetery
       
      Mount of Olives
       
      Jews who have identified with America in five or more questions are recommended to come to Israel for a visit and learn about their true national identity as Jews. Some serious Torah study is also certain to improve your score the next time you take the test. 
       
      Hope to see you here soon, in the Land of our Forefathers.