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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.


      Cheshvan 22, 5769, 11/20/2008

      Sorry, guys UPDATE: sk quits!

      Sorry guys for having to repeat things, but a lot of you don’t seem to get it. And it really isn’t me – it’s the Torah. In this week’s Torah portion, when Avraham sends his servant, Eliezer, off to find a wife for Yitzhak, he has Eliezer swear an oath by placing his hand under Avraham’s “thigh.” The word “thigh” is a euphemism for the place of Avraham’s brit milah. Doesn’t this seem a little weird? Not when you understand that the place of the brit is holy. In fact, it is so holy, it’s like swearing on a Bible. And woe to anyone who misuses it through any kind of sexual transgression.

      Guess who's coming to dinner?

      Next Avraham makes Eliezer promise not to take Yitzhak out of the Land of Israel. Why is this? Because Hashem wants the Jewish People to be in Israel. Any kid in grade school could figure this out from the text. Hashem gave the Jewish People their own Land, and He wants us to live there. To be the Jewish People, we have to live in the Jewish Land. It’s simple, straightforward, obvious to everyone.

      Well, to almost everyone. For instance, there are a lot of readers of this blog who don’t seem to catch the point. They have dozens of excuses for evading the simple truth that every child understands, but the fact, as stated over and over again in the Torah, in all sorts of different ways, is that Hashem wants the Jewish People to live here in Israel, and not in America, England, or Australia.

      What I can’t figure out is - now that Israel is back in our hands, why don’t these Jews rush to come home? Maybe some child can tell me.