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Graveyard, New York

Thriving and prospering, materially and even spiritually in galut, with an abundance of Torah learning and observance, is nevertheless defined by the Torah, our Prophets and Sages, as death.
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If the Prophet Yehezkel, Rabbi Yehuda HaLevi, and the Gaon of Vilna define the exile as death, even if the Galut seems in our eyes to be filled with flourishing life, one must recognize that it is the Torah which determines the definition of a situation, and that the Galut is indeed a graveyard, and that we are dead there. Now, we have to explain why this is so – how can it be that a situation which appears to be thriving and prospering, materially and even spiritually, with an abundance of Torah learning and observance, is nevertheless defined by the Torah, and our Prophets and Sages, as death?

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Tzvi Fishman

About the Author: Tzvi Fishman was awarded the Israel Ministry of Education Prize for Creativity and Jewish Culture for his novel "Tevye in the Promised Land." A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.

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Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
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