How the Mighty Have Fallen

Tzvi Fishman,

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צילום: ערוץ 7
Tzvi Fishman
Tzvi Fishman is a recipient of the Israel Ministry of Education Award for Creativity and Jewish Culture. His many novels and books on a variety of Jewish themes are available at Amazon Books. Recently, he has published "Arise and Shine!" and "The Lion's Roar" - 2 sequels to his popular novel, "Tevye in the Promised Land." In Israel, the Tevye trilogy is distributed by Sifriyat Bet-El Publishing. He is also the director and producer of the feature film, "Stories of Rebbe Nachman," starring Israel's popular actor, Yehuda Barkan. ...

Rabbi Vishlitzky

I had the great honor of playing Israel’s famous paddle sport, called madcot, on the beach in Gush Katif with HaRav Elisha. Even though I was an experienced tennis and racket-ball player from Los Angeles, he had me sweating to keep up with his pace.  The memory sticks out in my mind as an example of his utter simplicity. Seeing him walk on the street, in his simple attire and sandals, you would never know he was a powerhouse of Torah. I remember a seudat Purim when rivers of Torah endlessly flowed from his mouth long after I had collapsed to the floor in an inebriated stupor.  He always sat in the very last row of the Beit HaKnesset. Yeshiva students would line up after Friday night prayers to greet him, to bathe in the warmth of his smile, and to have their arms yanked up and down in his unforgettable handshake.  I was a recent oleh who could hardly speak Hebrew, yet he treated me like the most talented writer in the world. In addition to his non-stop Torah lectures all around the country, day after day, night after night, with incomparable self-sacrifice, he enjoyed writing about the Jewish soul, in order to help other Jews discover the optimism and joy that followed him around like Clouds of Glory wherever he went. Every time he published a book, he came to our house and personally gave me a copy. He signed them in his wife’s name and his, as if he and she were one in the same. In one book he wrote:

Bezrat Hashem

Purim תשנ"ז (1997)

To Rav Tzvi and Yaffa, and all the family,

May Hashem always be with you.

From all the heart

With the joy and hope

That Hashem will shine His light on everyone

A new light

The light of our complete Redemption,

And with the hope

Of a flowering of creative endeavor

That will overcome

All weakness.


Chaya and Elisha

Another personal dedication read:

Yom Yerushalayimתשנ"ח  (1998)

Bezrat Hashem

To Rav Tzvi and all the beloved family,

May Hashem be always with you.

May we merit together to go forward from strength to strength with all of the House of Israel.


Chaya and Elisha

May his memory be for an example and blessing to all the Jewish People.