web analytics
May 29, 2015 / 11 Sivan, 5775
At a Glance
Blogs
Sponsored Post


Jerusalem in the Twilight Zone


Yom Yerushalayim

Walking back toward Givat Shaul with Rabbi Hazani after the morning prayers, I asked him all the questions that were swirling in my head.

Who’s the Mashiach?”

How can this be the beginning of Redemption if the State is secular?”

Why don’t the Ultra Orthodox celebrate Jerusalem Day?”

Now that we have the State of Israel, why don’t all the Jews come home?”

Why don’t we rebuild the Temple?”

I asked question after question. He didn’t say a word. He walked deep in contemplation. Maybe he was tired, I thought. But my mind wasn’t at rest. I wanted to understand what was going on with me and with the Jewish People. Insistent, I asked him more questions.

Learn the book, Orot” he said.

Orot?”

I had never heard of it. I asked him what it was, but he didn’t say anything more the rest of the way to his home.

That’s how it came to pass, a few years later, that a former, totally-in-the-dark screenwriter from Hollywood ended up writing a series of commentaries with Rabbi David Samson on the classic book, “Orot,” of Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook, and a book on the teachings of his son, Rabbi Tzvi Yehuda, “Torat Eretz Yisrael.”

With God’s help, to help us get ready to receive the Torah this Shavuot, in the coming week we’ll take a look at some of the amazing revelations which Rabbi Kook teaches about the Nation of Israel and Eretz Yisrael. 

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.

The author's opinion does not necessarily reflect the opinion of The Jewish Press.

If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

3 Responses to “Jerusalem in the Twilight Zone”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Happy Yom Yirushalayim!

    From Yirushalayim we give you all blessings that HaShem allow us to clean our hearts and really know Him and even be able to love each other above and beyond our failings. יברכך הי וישמרך.

  2. Dafna Dana says:

    HAPPY YOM YIRUSHALAYIM!

  3. Keep it up Tvi! You're doing great!

Comments are closed.

Tzvi Fishman, author of the Jewish Press blog Felafel on Rye and author of more than a dozen books.
Current Top Story
What's happened to NYC's Celebrate Israel Parade?
Israel Rejects as ‘False’ UJA Federation’s Claims about Israel Parade ‘Inclusion’
Latest Blogs Stories
Riskin Glick Debate

“Land for Peace is a security issue, not a halachik issue” claimed Rabbi Riskin

Fatah1.jpg

Fatah only agrees to talks with Israel to destroy Israel and strengthen its own corrupt&violent rule

Highway 5

The only places where Arab access may be restricted would be what Americans call “gated communities”

Doug Goldstein

Are natural sources of energy, such as thorium and molten salt, effective alternatives to oil?

HaModia’s list of the new government’s ministers omitted the women ministers’ first names: WHY?

Introducing Obama’s latest 2-state solution…

To friends in America: Wishing someone “Happy Memorial Day” means you don’t understand the holiday.

President Obama believes anti-Semites limit their anti-Semitism to discrimination and organizing, but will always put their survival first!

What motivates a successful leader? Who are the best kinds of people to use as your role model?

The warnings came true: Among the 1000 released terrorists, many returned to terror activity

Torah is to be lived. Rabbi Moshe Levinger was a completely living Torah, the Torah of Eretz Yisrael

“Said Rabbi Yochanan: Happy are those who see the fall of Tadmor…” (Talmud Yerushalmi)

Why has Prime Minister Netanyahu given Erdan & Hanegbi insultingly low-level cabinet appointments?

Without Israel, the Jewish People are scattered nomads lacking Torah’s true national grandeur&power

Will it get better/worse for Bibi or does the wily Bibi know/plan something that will shock us all?

Dr. Vernon Smith, 2002 Economics Nobel Prize winner, on predicting housing markets & economic issues

More Articles from Tzvi Fishman
Audience at Israel Day Concert

The warnings came true: Among the 1000 released terrorists, many returned to terror activity

Rabbi Levinger (zt"l)

Torah is to be lived. Rabbi Moshe Levinger was a completely living Torah, the Torah of Eretz Yisrael

Without Israel, the Jewish People are scattered nomads lacking Torah’s true national grandeur&power

If other pleasures exceed the joy we feel for Jerusalem, then something is wrong with our Judaism.

There will be peace when we listen to G-d and do want he tells us to do – all for our very own good.

Rav Kook often studied Rebbe Nachman’s writings with guests during Suedat Shleeshi meal on Shabbat

Many think they’re serving G-d but they’re really asleep-Rebbe Nachman taught stories to wake people

Point is, the eyes are the soul’s windows and forbidden images, face it or not, pollute a Jew’s soul

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/felafel-on-rye/jerusalem-in-the-twilight-zone/2012/05/20/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: