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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 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.