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Would American Jews Have Told Moses to Get Lost?

The darkness of materialism is so great, who can fight against it?

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Some things don’t seem to change.

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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4 Responses to “Would American Jews Have Told Moses to Get Lost?”

  1. Jane Samuelson Ellis says:

    Right on!

  2. Liad Bar-el says:

    Yep, it seems that anyone setting foot in America to carry the message of Aliyah from America to Israel will be nailed and burned to the cross much like the KKK probably did to Moses Brown. If Moses Brown were alive, he would have stood up and be heard in your David Duke’s article. May he be remembered only for the good like Moses Rabaenu.

    Lives would be a whole lot different if the American Jews would open up the Sefer Torah to find spiritual interests in place of opening their bank book to find material interests.

  3. Yehuda Cohen says:

    You’re right about this Tzvi. You’re carrying the same message to the Diaspora Jews as Moses Rabienu and without the snakes. You have something better to present, the truth of the Torah; yet, look at the responses you have received so far.

    BTW, Moses Brown is probably still stuck on the Dot Prompt in DOS 4.2 with 64K total memory and thinks that Windows are something you wash with vinegar, water and a lot of elbow grease. :-)

  4. Liad Bar-el says:

    The remedy for our present bitter exile is to repent completely, to keep G-d’s commandments, and not to do anything against the teachings of the Torah. (Zohar, Ki Thisa. Cf. Zohar, VaYera, Pinchas) We are commanded to pray and many Diaspora Jews (DJ) pray three times a day and say “Please see our affliction, fight our battle, quickly redeem us with a perfect redemption, sound the great Shofar for our freedom, restore our judges as at first, dwell in Jerusalem and cause the shoot of David to sprout, etc. Regardless, things seem to remain the same but actually the DJ lives are getting deeper into sin. The worship service takes the place of sacrifice. “We will make up for our bullocks with our lips” (Hosea 14:3) There is a law that if one offers a sacrifice to G-d outside the Temple, it is not a virtuous act but a sin. (Zevachim 106a; Yad, Maaseh Karbanoth 18:2) We are commanded by G-d to live in Israel but the DJ’s don’t; yet, still pray (sacrifice) in a place of filth (exile). The more one sins, the more one becomes insulated from HaShem and then one becomes so comfortable that there are no feelings of sin. The Talmud teaches that we must “place redemption right next to prayer.” (Berakhoth 4b, 9b) This means that the redemption depends primarily upon prayer. However, if one prays in sin so many times, there are no feelings to repent completely and his life will turn into a life of religious illusions as will the redemption in his eyes. The redemption is before the very eyes of the DJ’s today and yet they cannot see it.

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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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