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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.

       

      Av 29, 5767, 8/13/2007

      Ahavat Yisrael


      I was surprised that a reader asked me to write about “Ahavat Yisrael.” That’s all I write about! Wanting the best for all Jews, and knowing that Eretz Yisrael is the optimum place for a person to draw closer to G-d, I write about the praises of Eretz Yisrael and the dangers of galut in order to save Diaspora Jews from drowning in a sea of ignorance and excuses.
       
      Drowning in Sea of Excuses

      The same with the blogs that I write about sexual issues. The marital union is a supreme religious act, lovingly bonding husband and wife and uniting all spiritual worlds, however, when it is performed in an unholy fashion, contrary to the will of the Torah, then a Jew is playing with fire.
       
      Playing with Fire

      The Land of Israel and the holiness of marital relations go hand in hand. This is the Covenant that G-d made with our forefather Avraham and the Jewish People. G-d’s gift to us of the Land of Israel and His commandment to guard the sexual holiness of our lives, symbolized by the brit milah, is the holy foundation of our nation. Our wellbeing in the Land of Israel depends on safeguarding the holiness of our lives.
       
      Because of the pernicious influence of the impure and immoral Western culture that has drawn a shroud of spiritual darkness over the world, and over our Holy Land as well, this essential foundation of Judaism must be emphasized again and again to remind us that we are not like the other peoples of the planet, but rather sons and daughters of the King, with the great privilege of living in His palace.

      If reminding people of these exalted matters isn’t “Ahavat Yisrael,” then I would be happy to know what is?