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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.

       

      Kislev 15, 5768, 11/25/2007

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      This isn’t just some former Hollywood screenwriter saying that Jewish life in the Diaspora is one big desecration of G-d. It is the Prophet Ezekiel saying it.
      It is true, as a reader noted, that I can’t come close to the Torah knowledge, fear of G-d, love of the Jewish People, and way with words of Rabbi Meir Kahane, may Hashem revenge his murder. So I turn this blog over to him. Let’s hear what he had to say about Jewish life in the Diaspora.

      Rabbi Kahane bases his essay on the words of the Prophet, Ezekiel, who declares that Jewish life in the Diaspora is a terrible desecration of G-d:

      “And when they came amidst the nations into which they came, they desecrated My holy Name, in that men said of them, ‘These are the people of the L-rd and they have gone out of His Land.’ But I had pity for My holy Name which the House of Israel had profaned among the nations into which they came. Therefore say to the House of Israel, Thus says the L-rd G-d; I do not do this for your sakes, O House of Israel, but for the sake of My holy Name which you have desecrated among the nations to which you came. And I will sanctify My great Name which was desecrated among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them; and the nations shall know that I am the L-rd G-d, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes. For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and I will bring you into your own Land” (Ezekiel, 36, 20-24).

      Rabbi Kahane writes:

      In response to this Chilul Hashem (the profanation of G-d), Hashem comes in anger and wrath to take revenge against the nations and sanctify His name which was profaned through Israel’s abject state, as the “Mahari Kra” explained (Ezek. 36:20):

      “What is the Chilul Hashem? That the nations say of them, ‘They are G-d’s people and dear to Him, and if He could have helped them not to leave their land, He would have done it, but He became weak...’ This Chilul Hashem comes through the Jewish People.”

      It, therefore, says, “I had pity for My holy name which the House of Israel profaned among the nations into which they came” (Ezek. 36:21). When the time for redemption arrives, G-d has pity on His holy people, profaned among the nations by Israel’s very presence in exile among them, living under them, subject to and dependent upon them. Even when the nations allow Israel to live in peace among them, Israel still depend on their goodness and tolerance, and that, too, is a Chilul Hashem. The fact that Israel live as a minority constantly dependent on the kindness of the nations, itself diminishes the glory of Israel, and of G-d, so to speak.

      This is the intent of Targum’s rendering of the verse, “There [in the exile] you will serve other gods” (Deut. 28:36,64): “There you will serve nations that worship idols.” Israel, by being subject to these nations, even if this just means living under their sovereignty as a minority in the territory of the gentile majority, magnify and exalt the gods and culture of the nations, and belittle G-d’s omnipotence, not to mention where the nations humiliate, murder and exterminate the  Jews.

      G-d, thus, intends to blot out the Chilul Hashem among the nations, occurring through the Jewish People, in the only way that the nations will understand, namely, Israel’s redemption and their victory over the nations who blasphemed G-d. Since, in the nations’ eyes, Israel’s weakness and lowliness, and their suffering at the nations’ hands, are interpreted as G-d’s weakness and inability to save His people, and that is a Chilul Hashem, it follows that Israel’s power, exaltation and victory over their own enemies and the blasphemous enemies of G-d is a Kiddush Hashem (sanctification of G-d).

      Therefore, although Israel are unworthy of redemption in terms of their deeds, which are insufficient, still, a certain time arrives in G-d’s calculations when He has compassion for His holy Name, profaned among the nations. “Therefore, say unto the House of Israel: Thus says the L-rd G-d, I do not do this for your sake, O House of Israel, but for My holy Name, which you have profaned among the nations into which you came” (Ezek. 36:22). Not for their sake, not because they deserve it, for they have not repented properly, but for the sake of G-d’s holy Name.

      “And I will sanctify My great name, which has been desecrated among the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them.”

      Rashi comments, “What does this sanctification involve?  The answer is in the following verse, “I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and bring you into your own Land.”

      The non-Jew understands Israel’s exile and abject state as G-d’s inability to help His people, or, Heaven forbid, as G-d’s nonexistence. This is the greatest Chilul Hashem there is. It follows that only through Israel’s return to Eretz Yisrael and their being exalted and gaining power over the nations will those nations understand that, indeed, the L-rd is G-d, Supreme, Omnipotent King of Kings, and accept His sovereignty.

      The exile, itself, in the eyes of the nations is the pinnacle of Chilul Hashem, whereas Israel’s return to Eretz Yisrael, the land from which they were exiled, and the establishment of a sovereign state triumphantly, against the will of the nations, is the pinnacle of Kiddush Hashem; the proof to the nations that, indeed, a G-d exists in Israel, and He is the Supreme Master and King of Kings. Thus, His might, valor and victory are revealed through the might, valor and victory of Israel.
       
      Therefore, depart the corrupt exile, the source of Chilul Hashem. Return to Eretz Yisrael so that you can live and sanctify G-d’s Name. Indeed, it is only through might, revenge and valor, through the defeat of the nations, and through Israel’s return to Eretz Yisrael and the exile’s liquidation, will the nations understand that the L-rd is G-d.

      [Excerpted from “The Jewish Idea, Vol. 2, Pgs 800-803.]

      Sorry, and all of you lovers of the Diaspora. This isn’t just some former Hollywood screenwriter saying that Jewish life in the Diaspora is one big desecration of G-d. It is the Prophet Ezekiel saying it.

      If you don’t agree, you can send your angry talkbacks to G-d.