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Why Help Build America When We Can Help Build the Land of the Jews?


Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?

Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?

In his current article in The Jewish Press, “A New Song,” Rabbi Yaakov Rosenblatt advocates finding “a new rallying call, a new idea with which to inspire the troops and turn values into action.”

“Each generation speaks its own language and needs its own message,” he writes.

So far, so good. However, I would like to offer a different rallying call than the one he ultimately chooses.

“Hewed by Hashem into the core of our soul is the need to effect change in the world we inhabit,” he continues.

This too is very true. In my opinion, however, the question is, where should we, in this generation, focus our efforts? In strengthening Jewish life among the gentiles in a foreign land – as he proposes – or in striving to build a Torah society in the Land of Israel, as advocated by the Torah and the Prophets of Israel? What is the message that we should teach our children? That their future is in America, being productive American Jews, or in Eretz Yisrael being productive Jews in the Holy Land?

Rabbi Rosenblatt wrestles with this question in the course of his thought-provoking article, writing, “I feel a primal need for perspective, to understand who I am, who we are, and where our community is headed.”

In my mind, the meaning of “our community” should not only be America’s Orthodox/Haredi community, but the community of all of American Jewry, for, as our Sages teach, every Jew is responsible for his fellow. It is no secret that American Jewry is being decimated by assimilation. The longer the Jewish community remains in America the more the assimilation will grow. So I ask – what’s the point in working to strengthen something that is destined to dwindle out and end? The exile is a curse which is not supposed to continue forever. Now that Hashem, in His great kindness, has re-opened the gates to the Land of Israel and has given us our own Jewish State, isn’t it time to come home? True, for adults who are already established in their ways, moving to a new country is a difficult challenge, but our children have the wherewithal to fulfill the great mitzvah of living in the Land of Israel, a mitzvah which our Sages teach is equal in weight to all the commandments of the Torah (Sifre, Reah 80).

Encouraging Jewish youth to be accountants, or businessmen, or scientists in America, is well and good, but it can’t be compared with playing a part in the Redemption of Israel and becoming of a building of the Jewish Nation in Eretz Yisrael. In my humble opinion, this is the new call we need to rally and inspire our troops!

Yes, in recent generations, the Orthodox Jews of America have done wonders in guarding and strengthening the observance of Torah. As Rabbi Rosenblatt notes, his parents’ generation built Flatbush, and his generation built Lakewood. Certainly, these are praiseworthy achievements. But that was before the establishment of the State of Israel and shortly after its birth, when we didn’t have a choice. But in the face of the subsequent modernization and miraculous development of Medinat Yisrael, instead of adding on to Flatbush and Lakewood, or sending out battalions of Haredi “laypeople” to win a spot in the American marketplace, as the author of the article advices, why not put our efforts into re-locating these holy and talented young people to Eretz Yisrael?

This is especially true when the author writes: “As a result of our weak secular education and greater insularity, our generation is struggling to make ends meet. Parnassah options are often limited. If not employed in klei kodesh, most of us work for or start small businesses, frequently competing with each other to service the needs of our community. We are often recipients of governmental aid, a possibility our parents’ generation wouldn’t have considered.”

Rabbi Rosenblatt writes a great deal about Kiddush Hashem, but being dependent on handouts from the gentiles is the very opposite. In fact, as the Prophet Ezekiel teaches, the presence of Jews in the Diaspora is one big problematic disgrace:

“And when they came to the nations into which they came, they profaned My Holy Name, in that men said of them: These are the people of the Lord, and they are gone out of His land” (Ezekiel, 36:20).

This prophecy informs us that the unnatural situation of Jews living outside the Land of Israel is a desecration of God. Why? Because in the eyes of the gentiles, our presence in the Diaspora proclaims that God lacks the power to keep us in His Land. That was back then in Ezekiel’s days. Now, in our time, when God has returned the Land of Israel to the Jews, the situation is even worse, for it seems, in the eyes of the gentiles, that in clinging to our Diaspora communities, we prefer foreign lands to His.

How is this terrible situation rectified? The Prophet continues: “And I will sanctify My great Name which was profaned amidst the nations, which you have profaned in the midst of them. And the nations shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes”(Ezekiel, 36:23-24).

How does this come about? Ezekiel answers: “For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring you into your own Land” (Ibid).

The Rosh Yeshiva at the Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in Jerusalem, HaRav Tzvi Yehuda Kook, z’tzal, would emphasize that the return of the Jewish People to the Land of Israel is the greatest sanctification of God there is:

“This Kiddush Hashem, which comes through the instrument of His Nation, isn’t limited to the Orthodox and Haredim,” Rabbi Kook taught. “This great sanctification of God comes through all of the House of Israel, the righteous and the non-righteous alike. Today, we see that the national body of Israel is returning to its health, and to its healthy Land, from amidst the impurity of the nations. This is the highest sanctification of God that we can find.”

While there is a lot of criticism about the level in Yiddishkeit in Israel, the fact remains that there are more yeshivot, hederim, Talmudei Torah, religious ulpanot for girls, dati colleges, and Torah Gedolim in Israel than in every other place in the world.

“Kollel,” Rabbi Rosenblatt writes, “was an idealistic endeavor for my parents’ generation. It was a rite of passage for my generation. It is a lifestyle for the current generation. It is a commendable lifestyle, without doubt. But it is hardly a choice that captures their hearts and minds.”

What could capture the hearts and minds of Jewish youths more than taking their place alongside Avraham, Yitzhak, and Yaakov, Yehoshua Ben Nun, and King David, in settling and building the Promised Land?!

Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?

Rabbi Rosenblatt correctly notes that “Each year on Passover we say, ‘A person is obligated to view himself as if he was one who left Egypt’ (Hagaddah, Pesachim 116b). But the Hagaddah also states, “This year we are slaves to Pharaoh in the land of Egypt. Next year free men.” Where? In the Land of Israel. A Jew cannot be free in a foreign land, even if it’s America.

Yes, on Shavuot, as the author writes: “We remember the time we attained freedom and relive the decision to commit that freedom to a Godly discipline and an inspired life.” But at Sinai, our freedom was not yet complete. Sinai is not our final destination. The Torah is not meant to be practiced in the wilderness. “You have dwelt long enough in this mountain,” Hashem tells us. “Behold, I have set the Land before you – go in and possess the Land” (Devarim, Ch.1).

Indeed, “We need a new mission: something as great as kollel was for my parents’ generation, and the advent of “yeshivish” was for ours. We need something that will capture the imagination of our children. We need something that will capture the creativity of the best and brightest of our youth.”

This is certainly true. But the answer and real Kiddush Hashem doesn’t lie in encouraging the Haredim and Kollelniks of America to widen their fields of secular studies and take their place beside their gentile countrymen in securing a better livelihood for themselves, while spreading the values of Judaism. We don’t bring “glory to the name of Hashem throughout America,” as the article staunchly maintains. We bring glory to God’s Name by building a thriving Torah society in Israel, as the Prophet declares: “For from Zion will go forth the Torah and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem” (Yeshayahu, 2:3).

Just how long do you think that your new army of “laypeople” Haredim would stay Haredim by leaping wholeheartedly into the melting pot of American culture, working alongside Sally, Cindy, and Jill, constantly having to make compromises in the ruthless competition to succeed

“Today, a window has opened. We have the opportunity to stand up and be counted, to step forward and lead. We have the opportunity to sing a new song. We have the opportunity, indeed the blessing, to be the generation that sings to God a New Song, that sings to God throughout the Land (Psalm 96).

Throughout the Land of Israel! Not in America and other foreign places. The time has come to return to the first rallying cry of our People – “Rise up and possess the Land!”

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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72 Responses to “Why Help Build America When We Can Help Build the Land of the Jews?”

  1. Stephen Langel says:

    As a reform Jew and the husband of a Rabbi, I have zero interest in the traditional Orthodox or their view of the world or of other Jews.

  2. @stephen…interesting, because the really enlightened care about you, on the other hand. We are coming upon Shavuot–a time when ALL of Israel was at Sinai-k'ish echad b'lev echad–whatever the labels were. May it be so once again..

  3. נופיה שם טוב says:

    like the evil son at seder

  4. Gavriel Saks says:

    I live in Israel, and I find this article very problematic. America was a safe haven for Jews in their time of need, and over time gave Jews the opportunity to flourish and to assume leadership positions. America also stood by Israel most of the time, more so than any other country, in its times of need. Now, America is facing a time of need. The smart and morally developed jews in america should feel an indebtedness to their country, and should do all they can, which could be a lot, to help america renew and reinvigorate itself. Hakaras hatov is part of the essence of judaism. Articles like this give jews a bad name, making them look a little bit like the selfish parasites that anti-semites say they are. Those that desire to go to Israel should indeed do so, if that is there calling. But staying and helping america is alsol a holy duty and should not be discouraged.

  5. Gavriel Saks says:

    I live in Israel, and I find this article very problematic. America was a safe haven for Jews in their time of need, and over time gave Jews the opportunity to flourish and to assume leadership positions. America also stood by Israel most of the time, more so than any other country, in its times of need. Now, America is facing a time of need. The smart and morally developed Jews in America should feel an indebtedness to their country, and should do all they can, which could be a lot, to help America renew and reinvigorate itself. Hakaras hatov is part of the essence of Judaism. Articles like this give Jews a bad name, making them look a little bit like the selfish parasites that anti-semites say they are. Those that desire to go to Israel should indeed do so, if that is their calling. But staying and helping America is also a holy duty and should not be discouraged.

  6. Stephen Langel says:

    Whatever. I happen to like a Judaism that is tolerant of others, including women and gays. But, hey, that's just me.

  7. Stephen Langel says:

    For instance, women deserve full access to the Wailing Wall without being assaulted or harassed. Do you agree?

  8. Stephen Langel says:

    I care about you too. I also care about women's rights and the rights of gays and lesbians and the rights of all those who are Jewish, beyond just the most traditional Orthodox. I care about them too.

  9. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel The Kotel is not the wailing wall. that is what the antisemitic goyim called it and the reason we cried was THEM. I used to be Reform.

    There are so many problems in Israel. Women have equal access to the Kotel. Anat Hoffman's Women of the Wall group is an atrcocity. Gay people in Israel have too many rights in my opinion, but they certainly aren't being murdered like in Syria, Iran and Iraq. How you even dare compare Israel to those countries is beyond me and shows your own self-hating self.

    At the end of his life, David Forman z"l separated himself from other Reform Jews because he saw they hated their fellow Jews for hate's sake. He himself said "ANY JEW WHO CARES ABOUT A JEWISH FUTURE WILL COME LIVE IN ISRAEL, REFORM, CONSERVATIVE, ORTHODOX OR POLKA DOT"

  10. Liad Bar-el says:

    I also live in Israel and I find this article right to the point and very truthful for it is based on the Torah. Historically speaking, America has never ever been a safe haven for Jews in their time of need. Study some history and find out the truth. State Department officials blocked the immigration of Jews into the United States during WWII. The visa policy of the United States was designed to trap Jews in Europe, where Hitler would find them. The USA erected a 'paper wall,' a bureaucratic maze that prevented all but a few Jewish refugees from entering the country. It was not until 1944, that a small band of Treasury Department employees forced the government to respond. And of course we all know that the allies refused to sabotage the Final Solution by military means thus giving the German trains to run on time, and deliver their human cargo to the camps without interruptions. America never really fully stood by Israel. The US government gave lukewarm support to the creation of the State of Israel. But then it reversed itself and implemented policies designed to destroy Israel and has been supporting Israel’s enemies ever since then. There was a recent JPost article to this effect. Thanks to the USA, we in Israel now have the enemy right in our belly and the USA wants us to give our heart to the enemy also. Israel has always helped America with their intelligence, technology, and in many other fields. This time of America’s need as you put it comes from a Muslim leader who supports the Muslim Brotherhood who wants to destroy Israel. And you say that we (Israel) should support them? The Jewish attributes of gratitude and appreciation (Hakaras hatov) certainly has its place and it should be placed next to the attribute of truth. Torah is truth and this article is based on Torah (truth); so, it really gives Jews a good name not a bad one. Truth makes us strong yet compassionate as we can testify in the actions of the IDF during battle. When you stated: “staying and helping America is also a holy duty and should not be discouraged” is in the same context of what the spies said to the Israelites to not go to Israel. It’s our Holy Duty to help a country that wants to build itself up on the Torah principles for all people or is it our Holy Duty to support a country that wants to destroy us? Supporting Gaza is not enough for you? May the day come soon that we will live in peace, truth and love of each other as a family of One.

  11. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel Here's something Anat should care about if she really cares about women: http://chabad4israel.org/facts/westbankrape.shtml

  12. Stephen Langel says:

    Self hating? You obviously know nothing about me, nothing at all. God bless Anat Hoffman. God bless all of his creations, gay, straight or whatever else. I am not self-hating, but you, you have a lot of hate within you, that's plain to see. Zei Gezunt.

  13. Stephen Langel says:

    Wait, aren't we also, according to the Holy Books, isn't there supposed to be no Jewish nation of Israel until the Messiah comes? So, do you still support Israel? I do, but I guess I don't believe in God the way you'd like. But I don't really care.

  14. Stephen Langel says:

    I love my fellow Jews. You, however, seem to hate Jews who don't see things your way, as well as anyone else who's different from you. I am sad for you. God bless you though.

  15. Stephen Langel says:

    One other thing, if you align yourself with the religious right wing in America, be warned, they believe that Jews must be converted to Christianity in order for the Messiah to come. So, if that's who you support, remember their ultimate goal is conversion.

  16. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Liad Bar-el Agreed. America voted for him, let them suffer the consequences. It's not our responsibility to save them when they did it to themselves.

  17. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel Judaism is NOT tolerant. It says in the Torah DONT BE GAY

  18. Stephen Langel says:

    I see a greater, more loving Judiasm than you do obviously. And since when has America needed Israel to save her as opposed to the other way around? Ridiculous. I'm done with you. Zei gezunt.

  19. Stephen Langel so you assume that i as an observant jew do not care as well? very big brush you paint with, sir. i would rephrase it more honestly " i also care about women's righs and the rights of gays,etc…..everyone except (not beyond) the most traditional orthodox" You said as much in your first statement. It is sad that so often those who stand pointing that broad brush at all Orthodox or all those they are angry with, for whatever reason, often are doing the very same thing they are accusing others of….my suggestion…look within.

  20. נופיה שם טוב please check again what the Torah says before quoting it. It does not say don't be gay. Hashem created gay people and Hashem created people with differences and handicaps and disabilities. The Torah says that a man may not lie with a man as with a woman and that it's an abomination. In other words, although you may be gay, you are being asked not to act on your impulses, as you are not allowed to act on other impulses that you may have that the Torah forbids. This is most definitely not a fine line.

  21. Stephen Langel says:

    Sherri Ashman I am at peace with who I am. I am sorry to paint you with a broad brush, but you must admit the more traditional the Orthodox, the less tolerant they are of "the other."

  22. Brian Segal says:

    The picture of that abomination on OUR Temple Mount offends me. We have enough Jewish symbols, pick one!

  23. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel um, actually, liberals have proven themselves quite intolerant as well

  24. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Judaism is a diaspora religion. It says in the Torah don't be gay, if you believe in Judaism you supposedly believe in the Torah. If not,, then it's not Judaism.

  25. Stephen Langel says:

    Sure they have. Keep telling yourself that. Rights for the oppressed, the "other" the stranger. Yup, must be intolerant. Feh.

  26. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel It says no where in the Torah that there's no living in Israel. That's a bunch of extremist crap. funny how you embrace anti zionists and claim to be Jewish but support ethics completely abhorrent to Hashem. reform is not Jewsh

  27. Stephen Langel An apt quote,not, my own, goes…We don't see things as they are, We see things as WE are.You've already stated publicly that you care nothing of your more traditional brothers and sisters. I would again ask you to look within and see all the intolerane that you are displaying in fact.

  28. Gavriel Saks says:

    Liad Bar-el "Study some history and find out the truth?" There wasn't one fact that you cited that I wasn't aware of. It's a matter of what you focus on. You focus only on the negative, the lack of favors done by america for israel, times when they could have done more. You miss all of the other side of the coin, the flocking of a large precentage of Europe's Jews to America's open doors in early 1900's etc., the diplomatic and military protection that america has given Israel and so much more. You should study history, open your mind and free yourself from black and white, all-or-nothing "thinking." You also did not read my comment carefully, rather, you used it as a springboard to go on what can only be called a rant. For example, you say: "And you say that we (Israel) should support them?" –Actually, if you spent an adequate amount of time reading and processing my comment, you would've noticed that i never stated that israel should do anything at all for America. (Though they should at least refrain from twistedly blaming their ally for all of their problems…) What I said was that American Jews (yes American) whose families built their fortunes by taking over most of the lucrative industries in America, whose government has protected their religious rights like very few in history have done for Jews, whose Kollelim/Avreichim have lived off their government for decades etc. etc. have no right to suddenly decide that America is "used up" and now we owe nothing to this great country. What is truly disturbing is how many Jews, probably in America, liked your comment. I do agree, however, with the last sentence of your comment.

  29. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Sherri Ashman you're right, it says don't BEHAVE gay. that it is an abomination. everyone has the right to be gay, but that doesn't mean they deserve a wedding party.

  30. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Gavriel Saks Pollard

  31. נופיה שם טוב Nobody was talking about a wedding party. Hashem made gay people as he made all of us the way we are. We all have tremendous challenges if we want to live a Torah way of life. Some of us are better at it than others, but perhaps they do not have the limitations or challenges that the next one has. We are not to judge. Let''s let Hashem do His job and we do ours, yes?.

  32. Liad Bar-el says:

    You working for project H.O.P.E. (Helping Our People Everywhere) would include the very people of whom you reject (Orthodox). Any legitimate company/project would try to hire people to support their goals and dismiss those who do not. You are as a Homosexual Offending People Everywhere by your statements; however, you are not HOPELESS for you are still searching otherwise you would not be posting here. Keep up the search and you will find the answer. Good luck and hope you find it soon.

  33. Stephen Langel says:

    Reform is Judiasm and you are an intolerant person. You represent the worst of intolerance and hate. You are no better than Christian religious extremists. You disgust me.

  34. Stephen Langel says:

    Now go crawl back under your rock and spew your hate.

  35. Stephen Langel says:

    Sherri Ashman Maybe I did overstate things Sherri. I love all my Jewish brothers and sisters, but it doesn't mean they don't frustrate me, like family sometimes can. I will care more for them when they make the effort to start caring for anyone else.

  36. נופיה שם טוב says:

    Stephen Langel iF REFORM SUPPORTS BEHAVOR THAT THE TORAH SAYS NOT TO DO THEN IT IS NOT JUDAISM

  37. Stephen Langel says:

    נופיה שם טוב I leave it to God to judge me, not some chatty, self-righteous, hate-filled internet troll. I am at peace with myself, my faith and my God. Worry about yourself. BTW, if you have so little regard for America and American Jewry, then by all means do not accept our money, our support and lobbying on your behalf or the friendship and protection of my great country, America.

  38. Stephen Langel this is movement and i appreciate your comment….yet you are still using the word they.. which they are you speaking of? I've been in israel almost 9 months now and I have seen so much Ahavat Yisrael from those wearing kippot and those who are not…every day I see so much care and love for all. There is intolerance here too (IN BOTH DIRECTIONS), but it is infitesimally small, yet it's made to look larger than life by the media, because it sells better. Don't fool yourself. Come home and see for yourself. You are welcome to stay in our home and see how beautiful our Land is and the people who live here are.

  39. Stephen Langel says:

    I will respond to no more of your emails. I have made my point clear. You don't like me and I sure as hell don't like or respect you. We'll agree to disagree. Zei Gezunt and long life to you.

  40. Stephen Langel says:

    Sherri Ashman I love and respect you for what you have said. I apologize for overstating things. But I am a proud reform Jew and one who's wife is clergy. I believe in equality and loving kindness. It angers me when I see anything of intolerance, such as from other commenters. As you understand, as Jew I am very sensititve to this.

    May God bless you and keep you and your family.

  41. Stephen Lange Please Please Please remember not to be intolerant yourself, so that when you see others of any persuasion be intolerant you can be the change you want to see in them..that they may learn from you and be inspired by you.
    May you and your wife be blessed always and in all ways, as well.

  42. Stephen Langel says:

    Sherri Ashman Thank you. God bless you and your family as well.

  43. Chayim Goldberg says:

    נופיה שם טוב no it doesn't. It prohibits anal intercourse between men. That's it. If you find a single source in the Torah prohibiting people from being attracted to the same sex, please enlighten us. And Judaism is a tolerant religion- veahavta lerayacha kamocha

  44. John DeLancy says:

    Speaking as an outsider, I would like to say that 26 years ago, the Reformed rabbi at RAF Lakenheath was welcoming and friendly when I was attending Shabbat services, and now the Orthodox rabbi where I live is also welcoming and friendly. As far as I have seen, Jews of all groups are loving people who just want to be themselves.

  45. John , He is welcoming in the fact when it is planned but people just can't show up to Shul without an invite because He is Orthadox . That said He does wish for people to understand Torah and kindness .

  46. Just let people get on with their lives. If they want to live in Israel great, if they want to live in the United States then nobody has teh right to criticize them. And do not forget that the religious Jews are Johnny come lately's to the zionist party. Medinat Israel was pioneered by non-religious, many atheist, socialist Jews. These were the kibbtzim and moshavim who opened the country, drained the swamps, fought the Arabs and re-made this State of ISrael into a place that is our country today. Religious Jews attacked Israel – they still do today in too large a number – and it is bad enough that the rabbis have control on what I can and cannot buy during Pesach for example. What is a significant reason that immigration from Anglo countries is low? Hebrew. You are asking an American Jew for example to enter a situation where they will be functionally illiterate without any idea of when or if ever that will change one day. Want to see American Jews leave – because they all cling to their American passports ans they register their Israeli-born children as Americans as soon as the US consulate opens the next day – or immigration collapse? Let Iran become nuclear capable.To move to Israel you had better hold a zionist conviction because otherwise Israeli WILL spit you out. Never mind all the warm feeling spiritual emotion – when you live anywhere, including Israel you will deal with the reality of life. And any rabbi arrogantly pointing a finger at people is definitely ungodly in my view.

  47. Liad Bar-el says:

    Gavriel Saks – My comment was a rant? Heaven forbid that I have ever spoken or written any comments here out of anger or violence. To speak about the terrible violence that happened to us and the anger now displayed toward us for sure may lead someone to feel it and if you felt this from me toward you, I apologize.

    You said: “You should study history, open your mind and free yourself from black and white, all-or-nothing "thinking." While serving in the USAF Band, I decided to get another degree in Law. Studied history of the constitution and learned that aside from the Judeo principles, the people who formed the constitution were large land owners who made laws to protect their financial interests and yet the poor were left to be more poor. I changed my major and received another degree, obtained another degree and yet another but really didn’t stop studying this “dust of knowledge” until I started studying Torah. My wife having a Masters in History from John Hopkins University has given me some knowledge beyond the books as it were. PA University Professor Gil-White has given me a factual history of America toward Israel as an ally (http://www.hirhome.com/israel/hirally.htm).

    I could probably write another Master’s Thesis on just this alone but I have had enough of it. If you want something positive said about American history toward Israel, probably LBJ is the only one President that did favor Israel and of course there have always been some xian congressional factions that have been and still are trying to help Israel; however, this again is a distraction on how America was and still is affecting us Jews. Tzvi Fishman has stated it very well and his references should be considered in the most serious terms and even expanded upon with additional research and ACTION. Study means nothing without action. The same goes for the Torah. If you would like, I could give you another ten pages on just this one statement but my fingers are already getting tired of typing.:-) Have a good day and I am happy that you’re in Israel.

    For the rest of you Americans reading this message, please take note that the war on terror in America is being lost. http://muslimbrotherhoodinamerica.com/ Come home (Israel) now.

    Kol HaKavod Tzvi Fishman. Keep your messages coming.

  48. Liad Bar-el says:

    Hi Brian, that abomination on OUR Temple Mount is exactly the very thing (symbol) and place that needs to be rebuilt as the picture caption states: "Rebuilding Jerusalem – what more could capture their hearts?"

  49. Liad Bar-el says:

    David, please read “The People Shall Rise Up Like a Lion!” by Tzvi Fishman. It should address your statements about Zionism precisely. Have a good one!

  50. Brian Segal says:

    Liad Bar-el – Hi Liad, of course you are 100% correct, still it pains me.

  51. Liad Bar-el says:

    Brian Segal – Then come to Israel and help us rebuild the Third Temple. When you come on your way, could you stop at Duty Free and get me a few items?:-)

  52. Brian Segal says:

    Liad Bar-el – BH, I live here! So I need the Duty Free stuff as much as you do.

  53. John DeLancy says:

    Ruthann Crosby Cleeves Truh and an important consideration!

  54. Chaiya Eitan says:

    And, hopefully, to become teachers and accountants and scientists and businesspeople and shop owners. here in Israel! That is why I came here – what a great historical opportunity!

  55. Gavriel Saks says:

    Liad Bar-El I wish you a good day as well. Just keep in mind both sides, and the big picture. Interesting page you linked to, but I find it hard to trust someone who looks at history only sees/mentions evidence of their own extreme view. America was founded on tolerance and liberty, and has been good to its Jewish citizens on the whole. "May the Children of the Stock of Abraham, who dwell in this land, continue to merit and enjoy the good will of the other Inhabitants; while every one shall sit in safety under his own vine and figtree, and there shall be none to make him afraid." –George Washington to the Jews of Newport, Rhode Island

  56. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Liad Bar-el Liad – thank you for that link! I have forwarded it to a whole bunch of people and posted it on my FB page.

  57. Chaiya Eitan says:

    נופיה שם טוב A diaspora religion??? Can you explain that more?

  58. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Stephen Langel A 'Judaism' tolerant of gays is not Judaism. Read the Bible.

  59. Chaiya Eitan says:

    Stephen Langel Why do you use the term 'wailing wall?'

  60. נופיה שם טוב says:

    You seem to forget that it was the religious Old Yishuv, the Sefardim, who lived here for 1850 years before anyone made Aliyah from Europe – and those Jews were Hassidm from the Pale.

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