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‘Hear O You Deaf and Look O You Blind!’

Some readers accuse me of harping on the mitzvah of living in Israel, but it isn’t me – it’s the Torah.
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“Much did you see, but you did not observe it,” Isaiah rebukes. “Ears were opened for him and he did not hear!” (42:18-20).

The Master of the World has miraculously returned us to our cherished homeland after an exile of 2000 years. What are Diaspora Jews waiting for? Why do they prefer gentile lands over our own? Why do they cling to foreign identities and raise their children to believe that they are Americans, and Canadians, and Frenchmen?

For an assimilated Jew who has no connection to his Jewishness, or to Israel, OK, I realize that convincing him to come on aliyah is like talking to the deaf. But for a reader of The Jewish Press who goes to shul and prays to come home toIsrael three times every day, what is he waiting for? That everything be 100% to his liking?

It’s truly exasperating!

But there’s comfort in the end. Even if they don’t come of their own free choosing, Hashem will drag them here by their peyes if need be, as the Prophet assures:

From the east I will bring your descendants  and from the west I will gather you. I will say to the north, Give up! And to the south, Keep not back! Bring My sons home from afar, and My daughters from the ends of the earth… to bring forth the People who is blind though they have eyes, and who is deaf though they have ears (Isaiah, 43:5-8).

So my beloved brothers and sisters from Chicago, and Lakewood, and Brooklyn, and Facebookland – if you really want to affect change in Israel, and transform it into the place of your dreams, then come and help with the work.

We’re waiting.

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." For the past several years, he has written a popular and controversial blog at Arutz 7. A wide selection of his books are available at Amazon. The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not represent the views of The Jewish Press


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14 Responses to “‘Hear O You Deaf and Look O You Blind!’”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    After living in America for many years, I’ve learned that TV, movies, behavior on the streets, at work, etc. all display, support and encourage sexual defilement thus subjecting Jews in the diaspora to be influenced and governed by “the other side” through the forces like the stars for instance.

    According to Cf. Shalsheleth HaKabbalah; Chavath Yair 219, “there are 1022 visible stars in the sky. This sum is the numerical value of Brith Kodesh (ברית קודש) which means ‘Holy Covenant.’ This teaches that a person who sanctifies himself and does not defile the covenant of circumcision is not under the influence of the stars. Even though his astrological signs would tend to make him poor or childless, or cause him to lose his children, his destiny is changed through the merit of keeping the covenant and not defiling it through sexual misdeeds.” But what about “I’m only looking…?”.

    “The body has 248 limbs and 265 blood vessels. The soul has exactly the same number of limbs and blood vessels, but these are spiritual rather than physical. Each part of the soul is in its counterpart in the body, and is strongly bound to it. The blood vessels of the soul are also strongly bound to their counterparts in the body, just like a tree which if firmly rooted in the ground.” (Chesed LeAvraham 2:68).

    “In order to survive, the body must have food and clothing. Without these, it cannot live. The soul, too, needs two things for its survival, the study of Torah and the observance of the commandments. One without the other is not sufficient. When a person sins, this injures the soul. Thus, for example, when a man gazes at another man’s wife, this causes the eyes of the soul to become blind. As a result, he cannot understand the essence of the Torah, even when he is looking into a book. He may be studying a relatively simple lesson in the Talmud, but he will not fully understand what he is reading. The physical eye does not have the power to see. The entire sense of sight depends on the eyes of the soul, which are bound to the physical eyes. These are highly sensitive and easily blinded by sin. When the spiritual eye cannot see the page of a sacred book, the person does not understand what he is reading. The same is true of all parts of the body. When a person sins with a certain limb, its counterpart in the soul is injured.” (Me’Am Lo’Ez, Vol 1, pg 235).

    So, ‘Hear O You Deaf and Look O You Blind’ repent. Repentance is the cure for sin so that you can hear and see again; so, then you will want to come to Israel and not defile the Holy Land but rebuild it as it should be.

  2. liad that was great, can you please put it up on my timeline. i really enjoyed reading these ideas.

  3. baruch hashem to be in the holy land and not in goy heaven.

    tzvi maybe its time to go for the other verses that are much more powerful about jews being forced to come home, the ones with the hooks in the mouths?

    i totally agree with your need to warn jews and try and rescue some from the blackness of the galut. (including my own daughters and entire family).

    i can not understand how anyone wants to go back to goy heaven when living here you experience such a connection and sense of family and belonging that does not exist anywhere else. to the taxi driver, to the crazy left wing kid who you can have a long chat too and crack jokes with.

  4. Liad Bar-el says:

    After living in America for many years, I’ve learned that TV, movies, behavior on the streets, at work, etc. all display, support and encourage sexual defilement thus subjecting Jews in the diaspora to be influenced, and governed by “the other side” through the forces like the stars for instance.
    According to Cf. Shalsheleth HaKabbalah; Chavath Yair 219, “there are 1022 visible stars in the sky. This sum is the numerical value of Brith Kodesh (ברית קודש) which means ‘Holy Covenant.’ This teaches that a person who sanctifies himself and does not defile the covenant of circumcision is not under the influence of the stars. Even though his astrological signs would tend to make him poor or childless, or cause him to lose his children, his destiny is changed through the merit of keeping the covenant and not defiling it through sexual misdeeds.” But what about “I’m only looking…?”
    “The body has 248 limbs and 265 blood vessels. The soul has exactly the same number of limbs and blood vessels, but these are spiritual rather than physical. Each part of the soul is in its counterpart in the body, and is strongly bound to it. The blood vessels of the soul are also strongly bound to their counterparts in the body, just like a tree which is firmly rooted in the ground.” (Chesed LeAvraham 2:68)
    “In order to survive, the body must have food and clothing. Without these, it cannot live. The soul, too, needs two things for its survival, the study of Torah and the observance of the commandments. One without the other is not sufficient. When a person sins, this injures the soul. Thus, for example, when a man gazes at another man’s wife, this causes the eyes of the soul to become blind. As a result, he cannot understand the essence of the Torah, even when he is looking into a book. He may be studying a relatively simple lesson in the Talmud, but he will not fully understand what he is reading. The physical eye does not have the power to see. The entire sense of sight depends on the eyes of the soul, which are bound to the physical eyes. These are highly sensitive and easily blinded by sin. When the spiritual eye cannot see the page of a sacred book, the person does not understand what he is reading. The same is true of all parts of the body. When a person sins with a certain limb, its counterpart in the soul is injured.” (Me’Am Lo’Ez, Vol 1, pg 235)
    So, ‘Hear O You Deaf and Look O You Blind’ repent. Repentance is the cure for sin so that you can hear and see again; so, then you will want to come to Israel and not defile the Holy Land but rebuild it as it should be.

  5. Luna Keren says:

    100% agree, one day B"H me and my family will be there, amen.

  6. Zvi Zimri says:

    Ruth, take a gander at these verses:
    חַי-אָנִי, נְאֻם אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה: אִם-לֹא בְּיָד חֲזָקָה וּבִזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה, וּבְחֵמָה שְׁפוּכָה–אֶמְלוֹךְ עֲלֵיכֶם ( As I live, saith the Lord YHWH, surely with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out, will I be king over you;).
    וְהוֹצֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם, מִן-הָעַמִּים, וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֶתְכֶם, מִן-הָאֲרָצוֹת אֲשֶׁר נְפוֹצֹתֶם בָּם–בְּיָד חֲזָקָה וּבִזְרוֹעַ נְטוּיָה, וּבְחֵמָה שְׁפוּכָה. (and I will bring you out from the peoples, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with fury poured out;)
    וְהַעֲבַרְתִּי אֶתְכֶם, תַּחַת הַשָּׁבֶט; וְהֵבֵאתִי אֶתְכֶם, בְּמָסֹרֶת הַבְּרִית.( And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant;)
    וּבָרוֹתִי מִכֶּם, הַמֹּרְדִים וְהַפּוֹשְׁעִים בִּי–מֵאֶרֶץ מְגוּרֵיהֶם אוֹצִיא אוֹתָם, וְאֶל-אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל לֹא יָבוֹא; וִידַעְתֶּם, כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה. (and I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against Me; I will bring them forth out of the land where they sojourn, but they shall not enter into the land of Israel; and ye shall know that I am YHWH.(
    וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה, בַּהֲבִיאִי אֶתְכֶם אֶל-אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל–אֶל-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר נָשָׂאתִי אֶת-יָדִי, לָתֵת אוֹתָהּ, לַאֲבוֹתֵיכֶם. (And ye shall know that I am YHWH, when I shall bring you into the land of Israel, into the country which I lifted up My hand to give unto your fathers.)
    לָכֵן אֱמֹר, כֹּה-אָמַר אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה, וְקִבַּצְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן-הָעַמִּים, וְאָסַפְתִּי אֶתְכֶם מִן-הָאֲרָצוֹת אֲשֶׁר נְפֹצוֹתֶם בָּהֶם; וְנָתַתִּי לָכֶם, אֶת-אַדְמַת יִשְׂרָאֵל. (therefore say: Thus saith YHWH GOD: I will even gather you from the peoples, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered, and I will give you the land of Israel.)
    וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם לֵב אֶחָד, וְרוּחַ חֲדָשָׁה אֶתֵּן בְּקִרְבְּכֶם; וַהֲסִרֹתִי לֵב הָאֶבֶן, מִבְּשָׂרָם, וְנָתַתִּי לָהֶם, לֵב בָּשָׂר. (And I will give them one heart, and I will put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the stony heart out of their flesh, and will give them a heart of flesh;)
    לְמַעַן בְּחֻקֹּתַי יֵלֵכוּ, וְאֶת-מִשְׁפָּטַי יִשְׁמְרוּ וְעָשׂוּ אֹתָם; וְהָיוּ-לִי לְעָם–וַאֲנִי, אֶהְיֶה לָהֶם לֵאלֹהִים. (that they may walk in My statutes, and keep Mine ordinances, and do them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God.)
    וִידַעְתֶּם כִּי-אֲנִי יְהוָה, בַּעֲשׂוֹתִי אִתְּכֶם לְמַעַן שְׁמִי: לֹא כְדַרְכֵיכֶם הָרָעִים וְכַעֲלִילוֹתֵיכֶם הַנִּשְׁחָתוֹת, בֵּית יִשְׂרָאֵל–נְאֻם, אֲדֹנָי יְהוִה.
    (And ye shall know that I am YHWH, when I have wrought with you for My name's sake, not according to your evil ways, nor according to your corrupt doings, O ye house of Israel, saith the Lord YHWH.

  7. ah yes, know the verses but so good to read them again – and see new meanings each time – ahh so lovely

  8. Liad Bar-el says:

    Thank you for your kind words, Ruth. I tried to post on your Facebook Timeline and it became reposted on Tzvi's blog again. If there is a link on your site or another way to post on your Facebook, please let me know.

  9. no i dont have a clue liad, pretty useless with such things. anyway i just loved what you put up, it made sense of things that i never found a answer for before

  10. Liad Bar-el says:

    After living in America for many years, I’ve learned that TV, movies, behavior on the streets, at work, etc. all display, support and encourage sexual defilement thus subjecting Jews in the diaspora to be influenced, and governed by “the other side” through the forces like the stars for instance.
    According to Cf. Shalsheleth HaKabbalah; Chavath Yair 219, “there are 1022 visible stars in the sky. This sum is the numerical value of Brith Kodesh (ברית קודש) which means ‘Holy Covenant.’ This teaches that a person who sanctifies himself and does not defile the covenant of circumcision is not under the influence of the stars. Even though his astrological signs would tend to make him poor or childless, or cause him to lose his children, his destiny is changed through the merit of keeping the covenant and not defiling it through sexual misdeeds.” But what about “I’m only looking…?”
    “The body has 248 limbs and 265 blood vessels. The soul has exactly the same number of limbs and blood vessels, but these are spiritual rather than physical. Each part of the soul is in its counterpart in the body, and is strongly bound to it. The blood vessels of the soul are also strongly bound to their counterparts in the body, just like a tree which is firmly rooted in the ground.” (Chesed LeAvraham 2:68)
    “In order to survive, the body must have food and clothing. Without these, it cannot live. The soul, too, needs two things for its survival, the study of Torah and the observance of the commandments. One without the other is not sufficient. When a person sins, this injures the soul. Thus, for example, when a man gazes at another man’s wife, this causes the eyes of the soul to become blind. As a result, he cannot understand the essence of the Torah, even when he is looking into a book. He may be studying a relatively simple lesson in the Talmud, but he will not fully understand what he is reading. The physical eye does not have the power to see. The entire sense of sight depends on the eyes of the soul, which are bound to the physical eyes. These are highly sensitive and easily blinded by sin. When the spiritual eye cannot see the page of a sacred book, the person does not understand what he is reading. The same is true of all parts of the body. When a person sins with a certain limb, its counterpart in the soul is injured.” (Me’Am Lo’Ez, Vol 1, pg 235)
    So, ‘Hear O You Deaf and Look O You Blind’ repent. Repentance is the cure for sin so that you can hear and see again; so, then you will want to come to Israel and not defile the Holy Land but rebuild it as it should be.

  11. my problem to move to Israel is find a job to support myself and wife. how can I move and not have employment?

  12. Liad Bar-el says:

    G-d commanded us to live in Israel. The Diaspora Jews say that they will (go against G-d’s will) live in America, France, South Africa, _________ (fill in the blank), they will make lots of money and give to charity.

    After reading Bere****h (Genesis 1: 12) “The earth grew grass, plants yielding seed of its kind, and trees bearing fruit which has in it seeds of its kind; and G-d saw that it was good” in Me’Am Lo’Ez Vol 1 pg 72, “…the earth went against G-d’s will. G-d had commanded that it produce ‘fruit trees’, meaning that the wood must have the same taste as the fruit. But the earth sinned, so it is impossible to eat any wood. It was for this reason that the earth was cursed when Adam later sinned.”

    “From here we learn that one should not say, ‘Even though I may have committed many sins, still I have provided for myself; since I have given charity and done good deeds far beyond what is required of me. The bad should be discounted because of the good.’ Actually, things do not work this way. G-d certainly rewards good deeds, but at the same time, there is a separate punishment for each sin. The two cannot be exchanged. This is the meaning of the verse which states that G-d ‘does not recognize persons nor take bribes’ (Deut 10:17). How can we understand this? Since the whole world belongs to G-d, how would it be possible to bribe Him? The answer is that G-d does not even take good deeds as a bribe to subtract from one’s sins. He rewards good and punishes evil, each independently. The only way of negating sin is by true repentance: confessing the sin before G-d, truly regretting it, and resolving never to repeat it. This repentance is readily accepted by G-d.”

    BTW, repentance is not just packing your bags and taking the next flight to Israel and all your sins will be forgiven but rather it is working hard every day in Israel to overcome your weaknesses toward sins (arrogance, lust gazing, etc) so as to turn these sins into good deeds in the fulfillment of G-d’s command ONLY IN ISRAEL.

  13. Yehuda Cohen says:

    I asked the same question to my Aliyah representative in America before making Aliyah to Israel. I was told that the job market in Israel is loaded with Doctors, engineers and lawyers. If you are not one of these, you will not have a problem finding a job and my representative was right.

  14. i really enjoy what you are putting up here. this is very interesting.yes i like that sins and mitzvahs do not balance each other out, that always sounded insane to me. that each one has its own reward or punishment. i am going to write something on my timeline about what you have told me about the eyes

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