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Happy Brooklyn Day!

By Tzvi Fishman
6/1/2011, 12:00 AM

Oops. I meant Jerusalem Day. Brooklyn Day is totally ridiculous. It’s as silly as Jews celebrating Monsey Day, or Toronto Day, or Boca Day. Brooklyn, Monsey, Toronto, and Boca are totally meaningless in the annuls of Jewish history. Who cares what’s going on in Brooklyn? Where is Toronto mentioned in the Bible? Jerusalem is where it’s all happening. All the eyes of the world are focused on Jerusalem. Jerusalem is where the world started, and it’s where the world will reach its grand finale when G-d reveals His supreme Kingship over Heaven and Earth. A Jew who doesn’t feel the wonder and thrill and excitement of Jerusalem Day is totally out of it. If he doesn’t feel a deep gratitude to G-d for having returned our cherished city to our hands, he’s out of touch with reality, and his Judaism is out of whack. Jerusalem is the heart of our Torah, the heart of our Land, the heart of our Nation. If a Jew doesn’t set Jerusalem above his chiefest joy, then his Jewishness is in need of an overhaul. If he feels more at home in Brooklyn, or Monsey, or LA, or in South Florida, than he does in Jerusalem, he needs to do tshuva fast.

This year, the organizers of the parade asked me to address a few remarks in English to Obama across from the American Consulate in East Jerusalem. I also had the great privilege to be invited up to the bandstand at the Kotel Plaza to dance and sing and pray along with tens of thousands of people who had attended the march to express their love of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem will never be divided!
"If I forget thee, O Jerusalem."


Yes, the State of Israel has problems, but it isn’t because of Bibi. It’s because of the Diasporians who prefer to remain in the exile of foreign gentile lands. If the Jews of the Diaspora came home to Israel, the Land would respond with an ever more incredible rebirth than we’ve witnessed up to now. All facets of the nation would multiply a thousand fold in the special chain reaction and blessing that occurs when the Children of Israel return home to their Land. Israel would lead the world in every single field. It would be so powerful, all the Arabs would flee. There would be no more talk of two states, or demographic problems, or military danger. All of the Land would be settled, from the Negev to the Golan. From the Euphrates to the River of Egypt. With all of its millions back in its bosom, Israel would be the superpower of the world. A light would shine forth from Zion to the ends of the globe. Hashem’s Name would be sanctified in the greatest way possible, and a religious revolution would seize the nation, in fulfillment of Biblical prophecy, with the reunion of the Jewish People and their special Holy Land. Prophecy would return to Jerusalem and the Torah would be kept in all of its fullness.

So why aren’t you here, dancing with us on the streets of Jerusalem? What are you waiting for? Why don’t you come?

Why aren’t you here, dancing with us on the streets of Jerusalem? What are you waiting for? Why don’t you come?  

What are you waiting for?

Why don’t you come?      

What are you waiting for?

Why don’t you come?      

Why don’t you come?