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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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.
Chances are that if Avraham Avinu had been born in America, he never would have come to live in Eretz Yisrael. Who could have blamed him? What great award-winning movies he would have missed!
Not to mention the world's most beautiful golf courses!
And all the great Superbowels!
And the kosher restaurants!
And the bagels!
And the holidays like Xmas!
And Groundhogs Day!
And the great Jewish statesmen like Henry Kissinger who married a shiksa!
And great Jewish writers like Philip Roth, Arthur Miller, and Norman Mailer, who all married a shiksas!
And great filmmakers like Woody Allen who married a shiksa!
We can imagine the dialogue that would have taken place between Avraham and Hashem:
"Avraham, lecha lecha, go to the Land that I will show you!"
"Sorry, I'd like to, but I can't."
"Why can't you?"
"Well, for one thing I have to think about my parents. And my father has a big business that I have to look after. And there is a lot of important kiruv work I can do here teaching people about You. And besides, it's dangerous in the Land of Israel, and the place is loaded with idol worshippers. And the Mashiach hasn't come yet, and on and on and on."
Thank G-d that Avraham Avinu wasn't born in America, that's all I can say.