The Black House
Tzvi FishmanBefore making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter....
Let’s face it. It doesn’t matter whether the President of the United States is Black or White. Blacks hate the Jews, and Whites hate the Jews. What’s the difference? And it doesn’t matter if the President of the United States is a Moslem or a Christian. Moslems hate the Jews, and Christians hate the Jews. What’s the difference?
A prophecy in the Book of Daniel describes the four gentile kingdoms that will rule over the world after the destruction of Jerusalem, until the Kingdom of G-d is established by the revitalized holy Nation of Israel (Daniel, 7:1-28).
In Daniel’s nocturnal vision, he sees four frightening beasts, one after the other, which take center stage in the parade of world history. The first three represent the empires of Babylon, Persia, and Greece. The final and most terrifying of the creatures, combines all of the previous kingdoms and engulfs everything in its path:
“After this, I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and exceedingly strong, and it had great iron teeth; it devoured and crushed its adversaries into pieces, and trampled the residue with its feet…and it had ten horns with another small horn….” (loc. Cited).
This fourth monstrous beast represents Edom/Esav – the Roman Empire , including Christianity and all of its metamorphoses, up to the German, Russian, and American superpowers of modern times. Commentators differ in explaining the horns. The Abarbanel identifies the small horn as the Church, while Rav Sadia Gaon connects it to Islam. The Rambam explains it as Christianity, describing it as a new religion that copies the Divine religion with a so-called prophet who declares many haughty things.
At the end of the vision, the blasphemy and falsehood of the arrogantly speaking horn evokes G-d’s anger for having led mankind astray from the one and only true path, and the “high holy ones of the Most High” (Israel) are called forth to vanquish the raging beast. The blasphemy and falsehood which has led mankind away from G-d by denying the Torah and rejecting its commandments must be brought to an end. The anarchy where every man decides for himself what is right and what is wrong has shrouded the world in a plague of darkness and immorality. The world is to be revolutionized not by a beast, but by a nation possessed with the holiness of the Torah and its Divine truths.
In an essay based on this vision, Rabbi Kook calls the deceitful leaders of this last bestial culture “forgetters of G-d in their hearts, carrying His Name on their lips, upon their mouths and tongues” (Orot, 2:8).
Rabbi Kook writes:
“The total annulment of all of today’s cultural machinations, with all of their lies and deceit, with all of their evil pollutions, and their venomous poisons, is sure to come. This entire culture, which praises itself with melodious lies must be erased from the world, and in its stead will be established the kingdom of the high holy ones.”
Rabbi Kook is not coming to negate all of world civilization. Science, technology, literature, and art all have their place. But when the world’s advancements are not lifted up to the service of G-d, they fall into material and moral corruption (See the book, “War and Peace,” Teachings of Rabbi Kook, commentary by Rabbi David Samson and Tzvi Fishman, Ch. 8).
Tolerance is indeed a Jewish concept, but there can be no tolerance for widespread evil. The G-d of the Jewish People is a zealous G-d, abhorring falsehood, idolatry, adultery, and the evils of Western culture. There is no room for tolerance when speaking about cultures that turn their backs on G-d’s holy law. They are enemies of G-d whose cultural roots are founded in evil. For the word of G-d to be established in the world these false cultures must be erased.
Rabbi Kook continues:
“Israel will see with its own eyes the retribution of the wicked, and will march upon the destruction of those who boast of new forms of paganism, just as we trampled upon the remains of Babylon and ancient Greece. Then it will be known and proven that only in Him, in the G-d of Israel, is there salvation. And the salvation of G-d will certainly come” (Ibid).