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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.

       

      Tishrei 9, 5769, 10/8/2008

      I apologize!


      On the eve of Yom Kippur, I would like to apologize to Diaspora Jews for having called you Couch Potatoes, Cry Babies, Bed Wetters, Squawkers, Modern Day Spies, Grasshoppers, Toy Soldiers, Monday Morning Quarterbacks, Sideline Kibbitzers, Cyberspace Jews, Internet Jews, Virtual Jews, Two-Faced Hebrews, Galut Lovers, and Chickens.

      Couch Potatoes
      Cry Baby
       
      Squawkers
       
      Toy Soldiers
      Monday Morning Quarterbacks
      Sideline Kibbitzers
      Two-Faced
      Modern Day Spies
      Grasshoppers
      Cyberspace Jew
      Chickens

      I did it hoping that the shock would help you to face the hypocrisy of Jewish life in the Diaspora. But I acted improperly. Remorsefully, I ask your forgiveness. I know that deep in every Jewish heart is the longing to live in the Land of Israel, as we proclaim at the end of our Yom Kippur prayers: "Next Year in Jerusalem!"

      May you all have the opportunity,courage, and faith to actualize these words.

      Shana tova.

      Tzvi