"Who is Rabbi Kook?" he asked.

Tzvi Fishman,

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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. www.tzvifishmanbooks.com ...


Yesterday, I received a phone call from a young man from America who is enrolled in a one-year smeichah program in a Haredi, non-Zionist yeshiva in Jerusalem. He said that he was traveling back to the U.S. for Passover, and that his father, a fan of historical fiction, asked him to buy my “Tevye in the Promised Land” trilogy and have me inscribed them. I invited the youth to our home to pick up the books. I explained to him how the novels continue the adventures of Tevye the Milkman from “Fiddler on the Roof,” and how he journeys to the Promised Land with his family and interacts with all of the history-making figures of the era including Rabbi Kook.

“Who is Rabbi Kook?” he asked.

I was astounded, but I could on the youth’s wondering face that he had never heard of Rabbi Kook. Even after a year of Torah study in Jerusalem! I told him that without learning the teachings of Rabbi Kook, a Jew lives in a miniature ghetto, cut off from the national life of the Jewish Nation in our time of National Redemption as we return to Zion to rebuild own sovereign Nation in the Land of Israel, which is the overall focus of the Torah and the prophets of Israel, just as we read last week in the Haftorah of the dry bones of the Jewish People in exile which come to life in their return to the Land of Israel.  Rabbi Kook, I told him, came to remind the Jewish People that the Torah was much more than a list of laws defining the behavior of the individual Jew, such as keeping kosher and not riding in a car on Shabbat. The Torah, Rabbi Kook taught, is the constitution of the Israelite Nation in the Land that Hashem gave to the Jews to be the vessel that brings His Divine light and blessing to the world, and that this couldn’t possibly come to pass when Jews lived in Brooklyn, South Florida, or LA. I explained to him that the Haredi and Hasidic worlds had removed Rabbi Kook’s books from their yeshivot because of Rabbi’s Kook’s unsurpassed love for all Jews, including the secular Zionists who returned to Eretz Yisrael to rebuild the waste places of Zion, as the Torah commands, and for declaring that this great ingathering of the exiles after almost two-thousand years of exile amongst the Gentiles was the beginning of the promised Redemption.

“What will you do after your learning program ends?” I asked him.

“I’ll go back to America and start my life as a Rabbi.”

“You won’t be starting your life, you will continuing your descent,” I told him. “King David refers to Eretz Yisrael as the ‘Land of the Living.’ As the prophet Ezekiel declared in the Prophecy of the Dry Bones, the exile is a graveyard for the Jews. We survive there at best, as individuals in alien lands, drowning in the impurity of Gentile cultures until we are either slaughtered or assimilate into extinction. Do yourself a favor and stay in Israel,” I encouraged him, handing him the books. “This is your home.  America belongs to the goyim. Why be a minority in someone else’s land, when you can be a proud part of the rebuilding of our own sovereign Jewish Nation in our own Jewish Homeland? There is no greater sanctification of Hashem’s Name than that.”

“I will think about it,” he said. “Thank you.”

“Look up Rabbi Kook on Amazon Books,” I told him. “Do yourself a favor and study what he says. Your eyes will be opened to the true grandeur and exalted universal vision of the Torah.”