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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.


      Cheshvan 28, 5770, 11/15/2009

      We've Got the Same Thing In Las Vegas

      Motzei Shabbat, I went to the Kotel to say Tehillim with Rabbi Leon Levi and students.

      The Kotel

      Afterward, around midnight, in order to get an additional spiritual lift before Rosh Chodesh, we drove up north to the holy city of Tiberias. We recited Tikun Hatzot at the tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess, the great Mishnaic sage renowned for his miracles, where I prayed for Hashem to do the greatest miracle of all – bring the Jews home from the lands of the gentiles.

      Tomb of Rabbi Meir Baal HaNess

      Next, we stopped to recite Tehillim at the tomb of the Rambam, five minutes away.

      Tomb of the Rambam

      We reached the holy city of Tzfat at around three in the morning, where we immersed in the pure, invigorating, mountain-cave mikvah of the Arizal.

      Mikvah of the Arizal
      Grave of the Arizal

      After praying at his gravesite, we journeyed on to Meron, where we davened Vatiken, the sunrise service, at the Tomb of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, author of the Zohar.

      Tomb of Rabbi Shimon

      We drove back to Jerusalem along the breathtaking Jordan Valley highway.

      "And the L-rd said to Abraham, Go to Monsey NY

      Just like a typical Saturday night in Brooklyn, or Monsey, or Toronto, or Australia, or Las Vegas.

      Chodesh Tov.