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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.

       

      Tevet 4, 5769, 12/31/2008

      Thank G-d I’m Not in America, TRAGIC UPDATE


      In America, and the rest of the Western world, the high point of New Year’s Day is getting drunk and going to bed with whatever woman (or man) that you can.

      Photo taken just before the orgy
       
      In Israel, on Rosh Hashanah, the Jews spend two holy days praying in synagogue and marital relations are forbidden.  

      That pretty much sums up the difference between a gentile and a Jew, and the difference between living in the Diaspora and the Holy Land.

      True, there are knuckleheads in Israel who will try to ape the goyim by partying tonight in some bars and discos, and there are always Israel radio-show hosts who get all excited, but, all in all, it’s nothing like the drunken orgies you find throughout the Christian world.

      The gentiles number the years from the birth JC, the scourge of the Jews. Ironically, they are celebrating his brit. Count for yourselves. From December 25 to January 1 there are eight days. 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 1.

      In contrast, the Jews number the years from G-d’s creation of the world. While the Western world’s celebration of New Year’s Day is founded on idol worship, the Jews acclaim the kingship and oneness of G-d.

      On Rosh Hashanah, in the prayers called “Zichronot,” the Jews remember that G-d is King over the earth. In contrast, on New Year’s Day, the gentiles try to forget G-d completely so that He won’t interfere in their drunken orgies, as they traditionally sing, “May old acquaintances be forgotten,” including the woman passed out naked in a puddle of vomit as you hurry out the door.

      The Morning After in Paris
       
      Thank G-d, I am not in America.

      UPDATE: BREAKING NEWS

      BANGKOK, Thailand (CNN) -- At least 59 people were killed in a fire that broke out in an upscale nightclub in Bangkok early Thursday morning, Thai police said. The fire, at a club called Zantika, started at about 12:35 a.m. during an end of year farewell party,  police told CNN. Police said foreigners were among the victims, but there was no immediate word on the identities of those killed in the blaze.

      "End of Year Farewell Party"