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To be perfectly honest, until yesterday, I had never heard of Sarah Silverman. I never saw a photo or a video of her; I never heard her jokes, nothing.  While a great deal of junk American culture seeps into the Land of Israel, still we are sheltered from much of it, thank G-d, and I never heard her name mentioned in Israel at all. Until yesterday, when to my surprise and chagrin, I saw the immodest photo of her on the homepage of The Jewish Press, in her sleeveless top and her butt sticking into the air. Gevalt!

Reading on about the silly fuss, I was further chagrined. Rachmonis on rabbis in America if this is where their heads are at. First of all, looking at photos and videos of young ladies like Sarah is the Torah transgression of straying after one’s heart and one’s eyes. From the description of her comedy routines, listening to her is a violation of taking part in a gathering of mockers and scorners. So what is a rabbi doing in a place he doesn’t belong?


Furthermore, is he now going to set out on a campaign to rebuke every Jewish comedian in Hollywood, and every Jewish actor, director, playwright, musician, politician, Facebook inventor, and Jewish Federation president who married a gentile? Why single out Sarah? Pick on Simon and Garfunkel instead.

But I want to say something much deeper than this. Why blame Sarah? She’s the product of the culture she grew up in. Why should she believe in the Torah? Why should she follow the Torah when the rabbis in America don’t follow the Torah either? If they did, they’d all live in Israel.

Sure, they do more mitzvahs than Sarah. She honors her parents, and gives charity, and don’t worship idols, or murder; and they observe all these commandments and more, but as long as they’re not living in Israel, they’re picking and choosing the mitzvahs they do, just like Sarah, so what’s the big squawk? Why point a finger at Sarah?

For the last two thousand years, three times a day, religious Jews have been beseeching God to bring us back to the Land of Israel, and now that God has opened the doors of aliyah and miraculously rebuilt the Jewish Homeland into one of the leading nations in the world, as He promised He would, why linger and languor in Dallas of all places? Where is Dallas, Texas mentioned in the Torah? If rabbis in America don’t want Jewish children growing up with their heads filled with trashy American culture and slang, then let them move to Israel and set an example for others, just like our forefather Abraham did.

If the rabbis of America want the young Jews in America to respect and love the Torah, then let them champion a true version of Torah and move to Israel, just like it says in the Torah over and over and over again.

Of course Sarah Silverman thinks the Torah is phony. That’s what she sees all around her – Orthodox Jews keeping the Torah in a place the Torah isn’t meant to be kept; Orthodox Jews who prefer living in the impure land of the gentiles rather than living in the Holy Land of the Jews; Orthodox Jews who tell their kids that they are Americans with wonderful American futures waiting for them, when the Torah and all of the Prophets of Israel call to us from the Torah to come home, come home, come home – and now that the Almighty has given us our own Jewish State, with a solid Israeli economy, more Torah learning and Torah giants in Israel than in any other place in the world, and a free airplane ride with Nefesh B’Nefesh, what are the Orthodox Jews waiting for? Of course, Sarah thinks that the Torah and its Orthodox practitioners in America are phony. But why attack Sarah? Physician heal thyself!


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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. His recent movie "Stories of Rebbe Nachman" The DVD of the movie is available online.


  1. Sarah Silverman was the victim of Child Sex Abuse, as are 99% of Talmudic Jews.


    The Oedipus complex was the invention of Sigmund Freud!

    Freud originally discovered, in the treatments partially conducted under hypnosis, that all his Jewish patients, both male and female, had been abused children and recounted their histories in the language of symptoms. After reporting his discovery in Jewish psychiatric circles, he found himself completely shunned because none of his fellow Jewish psychiatrists was prepared to share the findings with him. Freud could not bear the isolation for long. A few months later, in 1897, he described his patients’ reports on sexual abuse as sheer fantasies attributable to their instinctual wishes.

    Freud’s father was a pedophile! In a letter to his friend Wilhelm Fliess, he wrote:

    “Unfortunately, my own father was one of these perverts and is responsible for the hysteria of my brother (all of whose symptoms are identifications) and those of several younger sisters. The frequency of this circumstance often makes me wonder.”.

    Fliess’s son, Robert Fliess exposed his own father as being another pedophile who had sexually abused him when he was a child.

    "When a grown-up man has intercourse with a little girl it is nothing, for when the girl is less than this (three years and a day) it is as if one put the finger into the eye." The footnote says that as “tears come to the eye again and again, so does virginity come back to the little girl under three years.” Kethuboth 11b.


    The Talmud is Judaism's holiest book (actually a collection of books). Its authority takes precedence over the Old Testament in Judaism. Evidence of this may be found in the Talmud itself, Erubin 21b (Soncino edition):

    "My son, be more careful in the observance of the words of the Scribes than in the words of the Torah (Old Testament)."

    Jewish scholar Hyam Maccoby, in "Judaism on Trial," quotes Rabbi Yehiel ben Joseph:

    "Further, without the Talmud, we would not be able to understand passages in the Bible… God has handed this authority to the sages and tradition is a necessity as well as scripture. The Sages also made enactments of their own… anyone who does not study the Talmud cannot understand Scripture."

    The Talmud (and not the Scriptures) is the legal/canonical text which obligates those who follow the Jewish religion. It is from the Talmud that laws, regulations, and world views are drawn. In practice, the everyday life of the modern religious person is drawn and influenced by the Talmud.

    Second century Rabbi Simeon ben Yohai, one of Judaism’s very greatest rabbis and a creator of Kabbalah, sanctioned pedophilia—permitting molestation of baby girls even younger than three! He proclaimed,

    “A proselyte who is under the age of three years and a day is permitted to marry a priest.” 1.
    Yebamoth 60b,

    Subsequent rabbis refer to ben Yohai’s endorsement of pedophilia as "halakah," or binding Jewish law. 2 Yebamoth 60b.

    Has Rabbi ben Yohai, child rape advocate, been disowned by modern Jews? Hardly. Today, in ben Yohai’s hometown of Meron, Israel, tens of thousands of orthodox and ultra-orthodox Jews gather annually for days and nights of singing and dancing in his memory.

    References to pedophilia abound in the Talmud. They occupy considerable sections of Treatises Kethuboth and Yebamoth and are enthusiastically endorsed by the Talmud’s definitive legal work, Treatise Sanhedrin.

  2. As an American Jew who isn't religious but feels strongly about his heritage and lives a moral life, let me give my two cents on this writing.

    1) This seems to suggest that no Jew can be a good Jew living in America. Seems kind of silly – there are plenty of good Jewish people all over the world, and while I am happy that we have a homeland, that doesn't mean we should have to live there to be good.

    2) While Israel is the homeland of my culture and people, I grew up in America, and that's all I know. A bit unreasonable to suggest we should all just move somewhere to set an example. Let them eat cake?

    3) Sarah Silverman, who is a liberal first, an American second, and a Jew by biblical law third, is to blame for perpetuating a terrible stereotype of Jews. At once, ignorant, holier-than-thou, and crass. Not a good combination.

    It's Sarah's fault that she acts this way. She shamelessly support Obama despite his views towards Israel, and despite the pain he's caused on so many people in this country. Jew's do not automatically have to support the liberal left. In fact, if Jews in America simply drew from the experience of Jews from Russia or Iran, they'd know the direction the policies of Obama take us are 180 degrees from where our exiled brethren have escaped to. Sarah needs to shut up, and we all need to blame her for her actions.

  3. The Torah isn't meant to be kept in chutz la'aretz? Did you lose your mind? She has the din of a tinuka shenishba'a. This has nothing to do with the medina, which is filled with kafira, but everything to do with lack of mesora and y-hdut. Part of that is yishuv ha arez but it starts with ahavta re'echa kemocha – and again – mesora. All lost when there's no limud – in this case on the part of her parents and grandparents.

  4. Thoebnox(ious), leave her alone. We all know Obama's opinion of Israel, but we don't actually know Romney's. He has often enough changed his tune on everything else, that it would be quite naive to trust the love he professes for Israel during an electoral campaign. Must I remind you that every single candidate to the US presidency since Truman has promised to move the US Embassy to Jerusalem (Obama included) and that none has done it? Right now, no woman -liberal or not- has a choice in the coming election: we're all voting Obama (some of them holding their noses), because to vote for Romney-Ryan is to vote our constitutional rights away, and ourselves as slaves to a bunch of patriarchal barbarians who talk about "legitimate rape".(Ryan has repeatedly voted that abortion be denied, even when it comes to saving the life of the woman. Something that even the Talmud grants us).

  5. Myriam said: “…we're all voting Obama (some of them holding their noses), because to vote for Romney-Ryan is to vote our constitutional rights away…”
    Obama is the most hostile president to freedom of speech in recent memory. He has advocated implementing the so-called "fairness doctrine" for radio to stifle the free speech of his political opponents on talk radio. He has sought to undermine the freedom of the Internet through federal regulations and intimidation of Internet companies such as Google. He has made repeated and outspoken attempts to intimidate individuals, groups and businesses including Google to bar freedom of speech as relates to criticism of Islam. He has purged the lexicon of the federal government of all terms necessary to describe jihad, Islamic radicalism and terrorism, and so made it impossible for federal employees to examine, investigate, discuss or understand the nature of the greatest national security threat facing the US. In like manner, the massacre of 13 US soldiers at Ft. Hood by Islamic terrorist, US Army Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, the Obama administration has refused to acknowledged that the attack was a terrorist attack.

    Obama's gutting of Medicare to pay for Obamacare has harmed the medical choices for older Jewish Americans.

    His war on tax deductions for charitable contributions has placed synagogues, Jewish schools and nursing homes in financial jeopardy. And the list goes on and on all of which one has to be blind to not recognize that Obama the worst president in American history.

    Sarah Silverman and you, Myriam, are not a total product of your environment as the title of the blog suggests for you both have a choice in the knowledge you both choose to put in your memory banks to believe in. As Rabbi Rosenblatt has proven, Sarah is wrong and as can be seen so are you. It’s time for both of you to believe in some truths as Tzvi has been presenting here for so long, so that both of your lives will not be an unproductive and continued process of garbage-in-garbage-out.

  6. As I said, Obama isn't all women's cup of tea. He, however, will not return me to the status of 2nd class citizen with no say-so on whether I live or die, provided I give a proper home to any fertilized egg. Call me selfish, but I'm not willing to self sacrifice for the good of Male America.

  7. Romney previously supported a woman’s right to decide, but he is now adamantly opposed to abortions, unless it involves cases of rape, incest or if the mother’s life is in mortal danger.
    Obama: “Abortions will not be covered in the Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan except in the cases of rape or incest, or where the life of the woman would be endangered.”
    Myriam, their differences aren’t significant enough to trade everyone’s lives away to live under Shariah Law as being implemented by Islam through the USA White House. It’s your choice to convert to Islam or die. As I understand from the Quran, sex outside of marriage is punishable by death not to mention the same “treatment” (death) for abortions under ANY circumstances.

    Myriam, your right to choose in America is being limited if you like it or not. See this:

    IMO, the choice for voting is not determined on a fertilized egg but on a brain that has been fertilized with truth. As the saying goes, pick the lesser of two evils which in this case, Romney wins the choice.

  8. Are you saying that Obama is going to force convert all Americans to Islam and impose the Sharia as a 2nd term -and therefore lame duck- president? He's got his work cut out if he tries that. I know I'm no genius, but you are going to need more serious/believable arguments when you try to convince people with more than 2 functional synapses.

  9. Myriam: "Thoebnox(ious), leave her alone". Leave her alone to sexually prostitute herself to raise votes for Obama as she proposed in her youtube and have the right to kill her unborn baby if desired? Islamic law is already instituted in America and you don’t even know it. Wake up Myriam. You are so French…who have no moral backbone.

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