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Orthodox Sweep Elections in Israel!

The only thing preventing it from becoming a reality is the tragic fact that so many Orthodox Jews prefer living in the Diaspora.

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Fantasy headline? Dream? Fishman gone crazy? The truth is – the only thing preventing it from becoming a reality is the sad and tragic fact that the Orthodox Jews in the Diaspora prefer living as tiny, insignificant minorities in foreign, gentile lands, conducting meaningless studies about saving Diaspora Judaism, when they could be living in the Land which G-d gave to the Jews, where they could play an active part in the Redemption they supposedly pray for every day, by turning the Israeli Knesset into a Beit Midrash of G-d fearing Jews.

Take a look at the numbers. Let’s say that in the coming election, Shas wins 10 seats, the Haredim 6, Jewish Home 15, and Otzma l’Yisrael for a total of 32. Scattered amongst other parties are another 10 Orthodox Jews. That makes 42. There are also another half a dozen or more closet-Orthodox-Jews who would come out of hiding with the appearance of a strong Orthodox trend. But we won’t count them for now. If all 300,000 voter eligible Haredim in Israel who don’t vote would use their brains for one day and vote, that would give the Orthodox another 4 or 5 votes, bringing the total to 48 – but we won’t count them either, because it looks like the miracle of simple, down-to-earth sechel won’t grace their camp within the next two weeks. So out of the 120 Knesset seats, about 43 are/will be Orthodox or from Orthodox parties.

Now, if the 100,000 Orthodox lovers of America who recently filled a baseball stadium in New York to protest against trash on the Internet, and the 100,000 Orthodox lovers of America who filled a stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the siyum of the Talmud, would come to live in the Holy Land and vote, and the other 400,000 plus Orthodox Jews in Brooklyn, Monsey, Lakewood, Chicago, Arizona, Beverly Hills, Boca, Toronto, Paris, London, Manchester, Melbourne, South Africa, Belgium, and everywhere they are hiding, would come out of the closet with them, and act on their prayers and actually say goodbye to the gentile countries they so love and come and live and vote in the Jewish Homeland, then those hundreds of thousands of Orthodox Jews would translate into potentially another 20 Knesset seats, giving the Orthodox a clear and resounding majority of 63 seats, and the headlines would read:

Orthodox Sweep Election in Israel!

Then we’d call the shots, and won’t that be fun!

You can argue about the numbers, but the truth is clear – if the Orthodox Jews of the Diaspora would take a whiff of smelling salt and play a part in the Redemption of Israel which the Master of the Universe has been bringing about over the last 100 years, miraculously rebuilding Zion, just as our Prophets foretold, in the fulfillment of our prayers, and to the amazement of the nations, already making Israel the clear and uncontested Torah center of the world – if the Orthodox Jews of the Diaspora would worry about building the Torah in Israel, instead of trying to hang on to galut as long as they can, then Israel would have an Orthodox Knesset, an Orthodox government, and Orthodox army, and G-d’s Kingdom would be established all over the Earth due to the towering light of Torah which would shine out from Yerushalayim, as the Prophet declares: “For from Zion will go forth the Torah, and the word of the L-rd from Yerushalayim.”

Yes, we have problems in Israel. After 2000 years in exile, our Nation has been weakened and is seriously ill. But here, we are like sick people who are getting better. In comparison, the Diaspora is like a terminal unit where everyone is on the way to Forest Lawns. The exile is not meant to last. Now that we can return home to Israel, there is no longer a need for it. Building a new yeshiva in Lakewood, and opening a Chabad House in Las Vegas, is like putting a band-aid on the victim of a fire whose entire body is covered with burns.

It’s time for Diaspora Jews to stop deluding themselves, the rabbis, blog writers, and Federation heads. Diaspora Judaism is a dinosaur of the past. It is destined for extinction. Studies about assimilation and drop-out won’t help. And remember, my friends, becoming more Haredi or more Modern Orthodox won’t do a thing when the millions of rifles in America and Europe are turned on the Jews. It’s happened everywhere else that Jews have ever lived, in all of our wonderful exiles, and it will happen in America too.

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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23 Responses to “Orthodox Sweep Elections in Israel!”

  1. Ain’t thet th’ truth! Fry mah hide! Yo’ got mah vote bruther. Uh, whut party is yo’ votin’ fo’?

  2. And Jesus said, you will become fisher's of men, for their very soul's.

  3. Charlie Hall says:

    There are at most 600,000 Orthodox Jews in the US, and probably half of them are below voting age. Even if every one of us made aliyah tomorrow, that would only increase the number of voters in Medinat Yisrael by 10% at most. That is ten Knesset seats, not 20. And you also are making the big assumption that the Orthodox in the diaspora would vote just like the Orthodox already in Israel once they make aliyah — remember that Barack Obama carried the Orthodox Jewish vote in the most recent Presidential election.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    There are at most 600,000 Orthodox Jews in the US, and probably half of them are below voting age. Even if every one of us made aliyah tomorrow, that would only increase the number of voters in Medinat Yisrael by 10% at most. That is ten Knesset seats, not 20. And you also are making the big assumption that the Orthodox in the diaspora would vote just like the Orthodox already in Israel once they make aliyah — remember that Barack Obama carried the Orthodox Jewish vote in the most recent Presidential election.

  5. The last thing we in Israel need right now is to be "ruled" by the orthodox! Just a look at some recent pronouncements from "leading" rabbis is enough to explain why. And we certainly don't want to be coerced by the foreign theology of those who attended the so-called Internet asifa. What a nightmare that would be!

  6. Roc Diaz says:

    STOP ACTING STUPID, DUMBA$$

  7. Roc Diaz says:

    it would be great if every jew came home, then we would need more land to make room for our holy brothers. I think the arabs would be shaken to the floor and realize that their days in israel would then be numbered. on the other hand, if we are all in one place at one time, its possible that the other nations would try to get bold and wipe us out in one shot. hashem should then send mashiach to the rescue. even more disturbing than these things, ive heard even the ultra orthodox make statements like "we need to give back some land in order to make peace" and israel is still gulas untill the mashiach comes and we shouldn't be there for this reason at this time" many satmir hussids wouldn't even step foot here because of this flawed mentality. its not to simple that everyone returns and the orthodox majority rules and we take back all of the land that was aloted to us according to the torah. although should it happen, I believe that there would be a good chance for success. would I roll the dice to find out? I think I might. if this senarrio doesn't play out, then I hope that netenyahoo, lol, continues to seek councel from the observant jews who know him and does every single thing he can within his power to keep what we have now in israeli hands, with G-ds help!

  8. Charlie Hall says:

    Michael, you just pointed out why many of us Orthodox prefer the diaspora. We don't approve of religious coercion by a corrupt rabbinate many of whose members are still in the 17th century — or the 13th.

  9. He carried the modern orthodox,I no of no one in the Chassidic Shuls and othro communities with Zionist love of Israel who voted for him….

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    Romney carried the charedi parts of Brooklyn by landslide margins; he lost the modern orthodox parts of Manhattan and the Bronx by almost as much.

    That shows that Jews vote on the basis of ideology not self interest.

  11. Sorry Charlie, all I pointed out is an excuse why many orthodox in the diaspora don't make Aliyah. These are "issues" not reflections of day to day life.

    I don't knock life for OJs in the US. Mine was great. And I don't think people should make Aliyah unless they really want to and have a way to make a living here. However, there is no comparison whatsoever between the life here vs. there for an OJ. One is spiritually alive here. One is living at the source of Judaism, not aping it in a distant land. Jewish education here cannot be compared to there. There is no comparison to learning texts when one is fluent in Hebrew. One has access to the holiest sites. I could go on.

    You have the same "issues" in the US, but you live in a live and live society where you can just walk away from the issues. Here they are alive and matter. And they are "issues" because of the religious vibrancy.

    If you need an excuse not live here, you'll have to look elsewhere.

  12. Yossie Bloch says:

    Note that the author's math doesn't add up, as he seems to think you can get 1 seat in Knesset, which is impossible. Also, there as many non-Orthodox voting for Orthodox parties (mainly Shas) as Orthodox voting for non-Orthodox parties. Finally, the polls are all over the place. There is no Israeli Nate Silver for a very good reason: every state in the US must go either Dem or Rep, but in Israel every vote is counted (assuming the party gets over the 2.5% threshold). You can guess which party will get the most votes, but judging who'll be in 6th, 7th and 8th is a fool's errand.

  13. Hadar Israel says:

    Charlie INVENTS numbers and draws conclusions from them.
    Even Alan Dershowitz, certainly not known for ANY liking of the orthodox, has published VERY different numbers… IN ANY CASE, so-called "orthodox", that is observant Jews are nowadays about 25% of US Jews. Considering that there are about 5 millions REAL Jews in the US, how much is 1/4 of 5 millions? That Obamba carried the "orthodox" vote in the US is ANOTHER TOTAL B.S. Even in the middle of super-blue New York, neighborhoods with strong religious Jewish presence went to the GOP!

  14. Hadar Israel says:

    Charlie INVENTS numbers and draws conclusions from them.
    Even Alan Dershowitz, certainly not known for ANY liking of the orthodox, has published VERY different numbers… IN ANY CASE, so-called "orthodox", that is observant Jews are nowadays about 25% of US Jews. Considering that there are about 5 millions REAL Jews in the US, how much is 1/4 of 5 millions? That Obamba carried the "orthodox" vote in the US is ANOTHER TOTAL B.S. Even in the middle of super-blue New York, neighborhoods with strong religious Jewish presence went to the GOP!

  15. Charlie Hall says:

    Hadar Israel "Alan Dershowitz, certainly not known for ANY liking of the orthodox, has published VERY different numbers"

    National Jewish Population Survey of 1970 showed 11% of American Jews are Orthodox, for a little over 600,000. National Jewish Population Survey of 2001 showed 11% of American Jews are Orthodox, for a little over 500,000. It is possible that the number has grown somewhat since then, but not by a lot. Dershowitz is an attorney, not a demographer or a survey researcher.

    "That Obamba carried the "orthodox" vote in the US is ANOTHER TOTAL B.S."

    Wrong. The Republican Jewish Coalition exit poll showed Obama carrying the Orthodox vote by a 4% margin.

    " Even in the middle of super-blue New York, neighborhoods with strong religious Jewish presence went to the GOP!"

    Only SOME of those neighborhoods, as I indicated. Mine went for Obama by about a 65%-75% margin depending on election district.

  16. Hadar Israel says:

    I'd be ashamed of quoting 43 years old data and then 12 years old data showing practically the same, while natural growth among Orthodox Jews is more than DOUBLE the US average. You do it, but it won't help you. It is pure wishful thinking or manipulation by those who believe that you are Jewish if you claim to be, not if your MOTHER is Jewish or you convert ACCORDING TO HALAKHÀ! Dershowitz is too smart and his credibility to high a price to pay (not everyone gets to teach Law in the BEST UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD!) to publish in his books data that can be easily contradicted.

  17. Charlie Hall says:

    Hadar, when you are in a hole, stop digging. There is no way that the Orthodox community increased from 11% to 25% in 12 years. That is an 8% annual growth rate. I've brought data; you are bring polemics.

    I await your retraction and apology for accusing ME of inventing numbers.

  18. Charlie Hall says:

    Dershowitz has in fact made some data errors in the past; a particularly bad one was when he wrote that only a few thousand Arabs were displaced by Israel's War of Independence. The actual numbers were several hundred thousand. Dershowitz corrected the error in a later edition.

  19. Charlie Hall says:

    "I'd be ashamed of quoting 43 years old data and then 12 years old data showing practically the same, while natural growth among Orthodox Jews is more than DOUBLE the US average. "

    If you actually knew anything about the American Jewish community you would be embarrassed to be making that statement. The complete destruction of the Jewish community in the central and south Bronx — much of which was Orthodox — is itself sufficient to outnumber every bit of growth in every other Orthodox community in America (and some other Orthodox communities have declined as well).

  20. This is not true. Do not believe that all Orthodox Jews are choosing to stay in America out of comfort. We want to come but can't afford it. Simple as that. G-d provides everything. He gives us what we need and right now nothing more. There are many MO Jews unfortunately who believe their home is in diaspora.. They don't even consider making aliyah. They have a nice house, their kids go to good schools, they can buy kosher meat. But like Rabbi Pinchas Winston states: "Exile is not redemption".

  21. This is not true. Do not believe that all Orthodox Jews are choosing to stay in America out of comfort. We want to come but can't afford it. Simple as that. G-d provides everything. He gives us what we need and right now nothing more. There are many MO Jews unfortunately who believe their home is in diaspora.. They don't even consider making aliyah. They have a nice house, their kids go to good schools, they can buy kosher meat. But like Rabbi Pinchas Winston states: "Exile is not redemption".

  22. Chava Nikki Bachle-Docks says:

    THANK YOU FOR WRITING THIS!!!

  23. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Moria: "We want to come but can't afford it. Simple as that."

    When I see large groups of Jews coming to Israel with only the clothes on their backs, puts to shame those who say they can't afford it.

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