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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.
Adar 14, 5771, 2/18/2011
This week, we read in the Torah about the sin of the Golden Calf. If Moshe were to have come down from the mountain today, this is what might be recorded: “And it came to pass, as soon as he came near to the camp, he saw the computer and the people watching bikini contests, Victoria’s Secret, and pornography on the Internet, and Moshe’s anger burned, and he threw the tablets out of his hands, and broke them at the foot of the mountain.”
Today it would be a computer.
I can hear you saying, “Outrageous! Scandalous! Fishman has a one-track mind. All he thinks about is sex!”
And what about Rashi, my friends? Does he also have a one-track mind?
In the account of the Torah, after the molten calf was formed, the people “rose early in the morning and offered burnt offerings, and brought peace offerings, and the people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to disport themselves” (Shemot, 32:6). Rashi explains that “to disport” (לצחק) refers to sexual transgression, just as the verb appears in the incident between Yosef and the Egyptian seductress, who accused the handsome Hebrew lad of coming “to disport with me” (Bereshit, 39:18).
Notice also, my friends, who accuse me of having a one-track mind, the use of the verb “corrupt” (שחת) in the verse describing the sin of the Golden Calf: “And the L-rd said to Moshe, Go, get thee down, for thy people which you brought up out of the land of Egypt have become corrupt” (Shemot, 32:7). The same verb is used to describe the sin of onanism of Er and Onan (Bereshit, 38:9), and the widespread sexual transgressions of the Generation of the Flood (Bereshit, 6:11-12. See Rashi’s one-track one mind, there, and the Zohar).
The Jews never believed in idols. Our Sages inform us that the Jews participated in idol worship only as a pretext to take part in the sexual immorality that was always associated with it. So too with the Golden Calf. It was only the Erev Rav who worshipped the idol. The Jews merely stood on the sidelines and enjoyed the sexual orgy that was taking place at the same time, similar to the voyeurism of watching erotic smut on the Internet today. This is what stirred the wrath of G-d.
So, once again, if you don’t have a filter on your computers, cell phones, and Ipods, get one today.
And for those of you who are able, it is no coincidence that the portion of the half-shekel donation to the Mishkan is adjoined to the incident of the Golden Computer, to teach us that charity atones for sexual transgression. So instead of wasting your money on vacations to impure lands and gorging yourself on all types of creeping delights, why not send a donation toward the printing and distribution of the Hebrew “Shmirat HaBrit” pamphlet, and help young people in Israel escape the terrible darkness of Internet pornography.
Do you know what your kid is watching?
We would like to thank a Los Angeles doctor who wishes to remain anonymous for the inaugural donation of $1000 which we received.
Today, “Little Purim” of Adar Alef, is a special day, on which the given charity to everyone who holds out his hand is especially praiseworthy and blessed.
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