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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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.
We write a great deal about Israel, so, to take a peek at the other side of the coin, let’s have a look at what’s happening with the Jews in America.
In addition, there are hundreds of thousands of neurotic, unmarried Jewish singles who keep getting older every year without bringing new Jewish progeny into the world, not to mention Jewish homosexuals whose life is like a shooting star, fireworks that light up the sky for a fleeting moment, leaving no trace at all whatsoever.
An old friend wrote me an email recently, asking me if I would write to his son, who refuses to bar mitzvah his 13 year old boy. The grandfather is willing to pay for everything, but boy’s father still refuses, calling a bar mitzvah, “a meaningless ceremony.” Unfortunately, in America, all too often, it is exactly that, with the synagogue prayers that no one understands, the rabbi’s obligatory speech, and the expensive noisy party with Michael Jackson and NASA space agency themes.
Another friend sent me an email about the Jewish Heritage Month celebration at the White House, where the great baseball pitcher, Sandy Koufax, was one of the guests.
Sandy Koufax sanctified the Name of G-d by refusing to pitch in the World Series on Yom Kippur day, but I don’t recall that either of his wives was Jewish, and I don’t think he ever had children to pass on his outstanding Jewish pride.
At the White House party, some black woman who calls herself a rabbi read Emma Lazarus’s famous poem “A New Colossus,” which is inscribed at the base of the Statue of Liberty, and goes something like this:
"Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore,
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
So that I can destroy the Jews at my golden door!"
This all fits in with Israel Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Amar’s, letter to the New York Times on Friday to America’s Reform and Conservative Jews, warning them that their attempts to influence the laws of conversion are causing great damage to Jewry. In America, at a Jewish Community Center dance, it’s impossible to tell who is a Jew anymore. Sally says she’s Jewish, and Peter says he’s Jewish, and most of the bar-mitzvah boys and girls aren’t really Jews at all.
The situation has reached disaster proportions and is growing like an uncontrolled oil spill. In my extended family back in America, and amongst my old friends, almost everyone has married out of the faith. Over ninety percent without exaggeration.
So stop squawking about the problems in Israel. Assimilation doesn’t exist here. On the other hand, Diaspora Jewry is on the ropes, like a terminal patient on the way out, as it should be.
The Diaspora (read exile) is a long, passing curse that isn’t meant to last.
The only future for the Jewish People is in Israel, just as G-d said it would be.
That’s the truth and there’s no getting around it. As they say, “People who live in crumbling houses shouldn’t throw stones.”
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