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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.

       

      Iyar 29, 5768, 6/3/2008

      If I Forget Thee, O Jerusalem


      The holy return of the Jewish People to Jerusalem, in fulfillment of the words of the Prophets of Israel, evolves from the promise of the Torah, as it says in the Song at the Sea:

      "Thou in Thy mercy has led forth the People which Thou hast redeemed; Thou hast guided them in Thy strength to Thy HOLY HABITATION...

      "Thou shalt bring them in and plant them in the MOUNTAIN OF THY INHERITANCE, in the PLACE, O L-rd, which Thou hast made for Thee to dwell in; in the SANCTUARY, O L-rd, which Thy hands have established."

      The Torah and Yerushalayim go hand in hand. So it was a fitting beginning to Jerusalem Day that a new Torah scroll was brought into the yeshiva of the holy Kabbalist and Tzaddik, HaRav Eliahu Leon Levi, along with a gala dinner celebration abounding in Torah and the blessings of Torah sages from all over Israel, who came to pay respects to the Torah and to HaRav Levi on his birthday.    

      New Sefer Torah
      Jerusalem Decoration
      Looking at the face of the Tzaddik brings joy
      The Kabbalist, HaRav Eliahu Leon Levi
      With Chief Rabbi Yonah Metzger
      With Former Chief Rabbi Yisrael Meir Lau
       
      The gala dinner celebration
      Watching video screen blessing from HaRav Ovadia Yosef
      The Hazan Rav Shmuel Levi
      Little Fish gets a blessing

      Participating with the myriads of Am Yisrael in the march to the Kotel, surrounded on all sides by waves of flags, and happy faces, one cannot help but feel the joy of the Song at the Sea, being a part of the continuation and fulfillment of G-d's promise to His People to return us to Jerusalem, His chosen abode. The march was initiated by Rabbi Yehuda Hazani, my first rabbi in Israel, may his memory be for a blessing.

      Little Fishes - true Jewish education

       

      Shechem Gate
      Sign of a righteous gentile
      Thanking Hashem for the gift of Jerusalem
      Jerusalem, My chosen

      May you all have the unparalled blessing of being with us here next year, and marching along with us, and all of the Jewish People, to G-d's sanctuary, may it be speedily rebuilt. Amen.