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      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.

       

      Iyar 17, 5768, 5/22/2008

      TK Says It All


      Mike, if not Eretz Israel then where? We are all going to die sometime and 
      at 61, I'm only half way thru my life expectancy, so anything sooner is 
      definitely a bummer. However, things aren't looking good for Jews in 
      the US so where do we make our stand? The banks of the Potomac or the 
      banks of the Jordan? If American Jews are just going to Israel to get 
      more house for their dollar, and as here, expect the government to do 
      everything for them, well, I don't completely blame you for calling 
      them lemmings. Israel is far from a magic bullet to fix all our galut 
      mistakes or get us even more goodies than we had here. It takes 
      commitment and dedication to survive in Eretz Israel until Mashiach 
      comes. The truth is it takes dedication and commitment to live as a 
      Jew anywhere and even as a non-Jew if you want to do it with integrity 
      and purpose.

      The Diaspora Jews aren't listening. I had a Syrian Jewish woman of 
      advanced years tell me just this past weekend, that it will never 
      happen here because in America we have Congress and a President!  This 
      is a woman who sees herself as religious. Ok, I agree but who is her 
      god?

      She was amazed that we want to return to Israel rather than enjoy all 
      the "blessings" of Miami. I see no purpose in anyone dedicated to 
      Eretz Israel remaining here to try to convince those who don't want to 
      see. The door is barred and the window is almost closed. In a few 
      months it will be too late.  Those who love Israel need to return now 
      and FIGHT for her. In that I agree with Mike. Don't just sit and wait 
      for a "good" government to arise. Make it happen. When Nehemiah 
      returned with the Babylonian exiles, they built the  Temple with their 
      builder's tools in one hand and a sword in the other.  That should be 
      our example.

      I for one am not a lemming. I know the risks of both places. I don't 
      like governments, period, but until my King comes I must cope with 
      what our corporate sin has brought upon us. I choose to risk life with 
      purpose and meaning in Israel rather than a life of futility that 
      could well be cut short for no more than a hit of crystal meth or the 
      violent reaction of a uniquely American sociopathic personality who 
      projects his pathology unto me one unfortunate day.

      That’s what I have to say.