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Inside Israel 11:41 AM
The Jay Shapiro Hour
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.
Ladies and Gentlemen, there is only one G-d. There are not two, or three G-ds, or personalized G-ds to fit your beliefs and pleasures. Unlike ice cream, the real G-d doesn’t come in different flavors to fit your tastes.
The one and only real G-d is the G-d who chose the Jewish People and gave them His Torah and the Land of Israel. Someone, like the President of the United States, who says that he believes in G-d, but that the Jews don’ have a legitimate right to Judea and Samaria, he does not believe in G-d. Maybe he believes in some Walt Disney fantasy of G-d, but it isn’t G-d. The one and only real G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jews.
And someone who says, like the Arabs, that they believe in G-d, but that Israel is their enemy, then they don’t believe in the real G-d either. G-d loves the Jewish People. Someone who truly loves G-d also loves His children. Someone who doesn’t love the children of G-d, really doesn’t love G-d. As Rashi states, the enemies of Israel are the enemies of G-d.
Yesterday at the United Nations, the President of the United States declared war against G-d. It reminded me of the Tower of Babel and the “Generation of the Dispersion,” when all of the peoples gathered together to declare war on G-d.
When you proclaim that the Jewish People do not have legitimate rights to Judea and Samaria, you are saying you do not believe in the Bible. You are saying that you do not believe in G-d. You are saying that your personal belief and historical understanding are above what G-d believes and wants for the world. Like the people who built the Tower of Babel, you are saying that you are above G-d. In effect, you are declaring war on G-d.
This week’s Torah’s portion, “Haazinu,” states: “When the Most High divided among the nations their inheritance; when he separated the sons of Adam; he set the boundaries of the nations according to the number of the Children of Israel. For the L-rd’s portion is His People; Yaacov is the lot of His Inheritance” (Devarim, 32:8).
When G-d created the world, He divided it among the different peoples. He gave Russia to the Russians, Egypt to the Egyptians, America to the Indians, and Israel to the Jews.
How sad! Here, a few days after the Jewish People prayed two days straight on Rosh Hashanah for the benefit of all the nations of the world, the President of the United States, at the United Nations of Babel, wedges a knife in the back of G-d’s children. Just a few days after the Jewish People prayed that the fear of G-d spread to all peoples over the earth, the peoples of the earth, led by America’s new President, spit in G-d’s “face,” by spitting on his People, in the Tower of the United Babelonians.
This, of course, does not come as a surprise. Rashi, in his very first comment on the Bible, tells us that the Bible starts with the story of Creation, and not with the laws of the Torah, in answer to the gentile peoples of the world, who will claim in the future that the Jewish People stole the Land of Israel – so the Torah states right off that the same G-d who created the world, also gave the Land of Israel to the Jews.
For my part, I thank G-d with all of my heart and soul that I live in the Land of G-d, and not in the land of the haters of G-d. If I lived in America, I would be so embarrassed to be an American today that I would stay locked up in my house, too ashamed to show my beard in the street, lest a gentile think that I agreed with the President. Then, in the darkness of night, I would sneak off to the airport to get on the first plane to Israel, where the Jewish People belong.
As we say in our prayers during the Days of Awe, “May the day come soon when all wickedness will vanish from existence like smoke, when You will remove from the earth the government of those who purposefully plan evil.”