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Lucky Avraham Didn’t Have the Internet

It would have made a lot more sense for Avraham to stay where he was, in Ur America, where everyone knew him, enjoying the good life with the goyim, wait for Moshiach, and pretend, via the Internet, that he was actually involved in building the Jewish State.

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Good thing there wasn’t Internet and Facebook in the days of our forefather Avraham. If there had been, he may never have come to Israel. He may have decided to stay in Ur Kasdeem, and settle with being a vicarious Israeli via the Internet. That way he could have enjoyed the best of both worlds, rubbing shoulders with all of the wealthy and high-ranking idol worshippers in Ur Kasdeem, while at the same time sending in comments to The Jewish Press.com, critical of the way things were being run in the Holy Land.

After all, in Avraham’s time, there were savage Canaanites living in Eretz Yisrael. And there weren’t any kosher supermarkets back then, nor religious neighborhoods, nor Jewish Day Schools and yeshivot for the kids. In fact, there weren’t any Jews living there at all. Avraham would be the first. Who needed the hassle? It made a lot more sense to stay where he was, in Ur America, where everyone knew him, enjoying the good life with the goyim, wait for Moshiach, and pretend, via the Internet, that he was actually involved in building the Jewish State.

Lucky for us that The Jewish Press.com didn’t exist back then. It could have been a test that even Avraham might not have had the strength to overcome.

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.

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3 Responses to “Lucky Avraham Didn’t Have the Internet”

  1. Liad Bar-el says:

    Throughout all of your writings Tzvi, you mentioned that there is something better, more powerful, has a broader and wider distribution than the internet; plus, it deals only in real time applications. It’s the same “hook-up” connection (link) that Abraham used and which you advise every Jew to use today. It’s called Klal Israel … only in Israel. Every Jew should learn it, get connected and learn how to stay linked………..with HaShem.

  2. Liad Bar-el says:

    Throughout all of your writings Tzvi, you mentioned that there is something better, more powerful, has a broader and wider distribution than the internet; plus, it deals only in real time applications. It’s the same “hook-up” connection (link) that Abraham used and which you advise every Jew to use today. It’s called Klal Israel which can only be obtained in Israel. Every Jew should learn it, get connected and learn how to stay linked………..with HaShem.

  3. Tzvi Fishman says:

    JEWS OF NY! COME TO ISRAEL! LIVING IN NY IS DANGEROUS!

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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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