Jews in California Vow to Rebuild

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. ...

Jews in California Vow to Rebuild

The two powerful earthquakes which rocked the State of California in the last few days, causing widespread damage, haven’t rattled the Jews. “We’re staying right here,” declared cantor Jerry Littleman of the Bakersfield Progressive Synagogue. “As Elvis sang, ‘There’s a whole lot of shaking going on,’ but it doesn’t frighten us one bit. California is our home and we are staying put come hell or high water.”

In addition to the two monster quakes, 3000 mini-quakes and tremors have been felt throughout the state. Rabbi Susi Wong is the spiritual leader of Buddhist Universal Hebraic Temple on Sand Street in Ridgecrest. Her husband, famed California golf champion, Brenda Cohen, helped her build the once colorful house of worship at the edge of the Mojave Desert, near the site of the long-deserted Cherokee Indian Reservation, 140 miles northeast of LA. Standing beside crumpled statues of Buddha, Mahatma Gandhi, and Jesus, Rabbi Wong stated: “Everyone in our community has fire and earthquake insurance that will cover all losses. We plan to build an even bigger meditation hall this time around. That’s what G-d is telling us. He wants us to expand and draw more Jews closer to the faith of Abraham, the father of all the nations.”

“What about relocating to Israel?” this reporter asked her.

“Why should we go to Israel?” she answered. “The Israelis stole the land from the Palestinians natives. We believe in morality and the American way.”

The Chabad House in Bakersfield completely disappeared in the July 4th earthquake. Heavily bearded, Rabbi Shmuel Samuels, gazed down into the cavernous hole on Washington Avenue, former site of the Ultra-Orthodox synagogue. “L’chaim!” he proclaimed with a wide smile, holding up a bottle of vodka. “This is a sign that Moshiach is on the way!” A few Hasidim joined him in a lively dance. When one of them fell into the gaping ravine, his scream echoed long after he was gone. His happy friends kept dancing, “Moshiach, Moshiach, Moshiach,” they sang.   

“Maybe it’s time to rebuild in Israel?” I asked.

“When the Moshiach comes, we’ll go to Israel,” the smiling Rabbi answered.

Just then, another powerful tremor shook the ground beneath our feet. The earth rumbled. “L’chaim!” the Chabadnik exclaimed, passing me the bottle and grabbing my free hand, pulling me into the circle of dancing. “Moshiach, Moshiach, Moshiach, da da da da da da!”

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