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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.


      Elul 14, 5767, 8/28/2007

      Madonna to Visit Israel

      Regarding Madonna’s scheduled visit to Israel for Rosh Hashanah with other Hollywood stars, the question was asked, “What about celebrities like Madonna learning Kabbalah?”

      One time, after watching a monkey in a traveling circus perform all kinds of tricks, a man in the audience made a bet with the trainer of the monkey that he couldn’t teach the monkey to drive a car. They agreed to meet in a month, and sure enough, the monkey took the keys from the hand of the trainer, got in the car, started the engine, and began to drive off. The man who had made the wager watched in amazement. Coming to an intersection, the monkey stopped at the red light, waited for the light to turn green, then continued to drive along  the busy city street. Everything was well and dandy until the car passed a sidewalk fruit stand. Seeing a pile of bright yellow bananas, the monkey jumped out of the window of the car and ran to the irresistible food. The driverless car proceeded to speed down the street toward an approaching intersection. The result was a four car crash, killing several people. The monkey had a wonderful time eating the bananas he stole. 

      As for the trainer, he grabbed the talented monkey, snatched  a bunch of bananas for himself, and raced away down an alley, taking his monkey to another circus in a different town.