What Do You Do When There Are Worms in The Apple?
Tzvi FishmanBefore making Aliyah to Israel, Tzvi Fishman was a Hollywood screenwriter....
What do you do if you find a small worm sticking out of a beautiful apple? You cut the worm out and eat the rest of the apple. You don’t have to throw the apple away because of the worm.
The same is true for Medinat Yisrael. You don’t have to throw Medinat Yisrael away because of the worms. You just have to work to get rid of the worms.
Imagine a country in the world where all traffic stops for 24 hours in reverence to G-d. A ridiculous fantasy, isn’t it? But that’s exactly what happens in Israel on Yom Kippur. For those 24 hours, the nation’s true colors are seen. We are a nation that fears G-d. For those 24 hours, the whole world can see that the Name of G-d is called on the Nation of Israel. For those 24 hours, the Name of G-d is sanctified in a national manner like nowhere else on earth. This is the true Israel.
Of course, come the next day, the evil inclination returns with full force, doing everything it can to prevent us from being who we truly are – G-d’s holy Nation. But during those 24 hours when the Nation is fasting and praying, we reveal who we truly are, and what the Jewish State will be like in the near future.
As for the worms who seek to ruin this vision by painting everything as rotten, they are tiny, bothersome detractors that can simply be removed and thrown in the trash.
Just 65 years ago, the Jewish People were the scorn of humanity. The world stood by and watched as 6 million Jews were slaughtered. In the eyes of the gentiles, G-d was impotent to help His chosen Nation. In the eyes of the gentiles, G-d had abandoned the Jews. The wholesale massacre seemed to prove the Christian doctrine that G-d had rejected the Jews and chosen the Christians instead. The Name of G-d was desecrated like it had never been before. G-d was helpless and too weak to prevent the mass destruction. With the erasure of vast communities of His People, it was as if G-d Himself was erased from the world.
That was the case until the miraculous rebirth of the State of Israel. Suddenly, the whole world saw in astonishment that G-d was still very much alive. They saw in amazement and trembling that G-d had not abandoned His People. They saw that the word of G-d was eternal and real. With the establishment of the State of Israel, the Vatican’s doctrines of falsehood exploded like a bubble. All of Islam’s pompous proclamations of being the new chosen nation were shot full of holes. With the establishment of the State of Israel, G-d’s Name and honor were restored, with the renewed honor of the Jews.
The State of Israel is proof that the G-d of the Torah is the one and only G-d, and that Israel is His Chosen Nation. That is the real reason that all of world is against Israel. By erasing the Jewish State, the nations of the world think they can erase G-d from the world, leaving them free to frolic in their quests for power, fame, and evil lusts.
But the promises of G-d to the Jews via the Prophets of Israel will not be thwarted, no matter how hard the gentiles try. And the way that G-d has chosen to bring about the restoration of His Name in the world, as ruler over all of the earth, is through the vehicle of the State of Israel.
It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the restoration of Jewish sovereignty over the Land of Israel after 2000 years of foreign occupation and the desecration of G-d’s Name inherent in our exile from our Land. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the ingathering of millions of Jews back to the Land of Israel. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the rebuilding of Jerusalem. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the miraculous rebirth of the desert land. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible Israel’s meteoric rise within 60 years to being a major world power. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the unparalleled quantity and quality of Torah that is being learned all over the country. It is G-d working incognito through the State of Israel that has made possible the clear and irrefutable recognition that Israel is the Jewish People’s only salvation from the worms of assimilation eating away at the Diaspora.
Every Jew must thank G-d for giving us the State of Israel. Even the worms. What else would they eat?