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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 30, 5771, 11/7/2010

      Jewish Education Quiz


      If you like, you can argue about who has the better bagels, Israel or New York. And you can pretend that it isn’t a mitzvah to live in Israel. And you can complain all day long about the things that don't meet you fancy in Medinat Yisrael. But the bottom line is that if you care about your children and want them to have a strong Jewish identity, and if you want your grandchildren to remain Jewish, and not some mixed-up, schizophrenic, half breeds, Israel is the one and only place where there’s a future for the Jews.

      For example, I showed some typical, easily recognizable American pictures to few of my younger children who were at home, ages 10, 12, 15, and 18, and asked them what the pictures were about. They couldn’t identify any of them. Not a single one. Zero. The closest they came was guessing that Martin Luther King was President Obama.

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      Like I said, my kids didn't recognize any of the pictures. That shows that their heads aren’t polluted with a foreign gentile identity the way that Jewish kids in America think they’re half Jewish and half American, and that George Washington is their founding father and WDC their nation’s capital. My kids learn Jewish/Israel history in school and not American history, or Canadian history, or Australian history. They are truly Children of Israel, just like it says in the Torah.

      For all of you still clinging on to America, here’s a simple test you can try on your kids (if you have any.) Show them the following pictures and ask them to identify them. I gave my kids this test too. They knew them all. Even the 10 year old. So would even the most secular kid in Israel. So let’s see how your kids score. I’ll bet a bagel that none of them can identify more than 3 out of 10. Anyway you look at it, that’s a flunking grade. And I’m not talking about the vast majority of American kids from non-affiliated and assimilated families, who are stoned most of the day watching Internet porn, but even your typical Modern Orthodox, Monsey Satmarites, or Boro Park Hasidim – they’re just as Americanized as everyone else.  To be large, I’ll throw in a few extra bonus pictures to give your kids a better chance.

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      Now do you understand? If you want your offspring to remain Jewish, you have no choice but to bring your family to live in Israel. .