Lech Lecha!

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 ...

Lech Lecha

The very first time we meet Avraham, father of the Jewish People, the very first command Hashem gives him is to go to Eretz Yisrael. You want to get close to Me? Go to the Land of Israel. You want to be a Jew? Go to the Land of Israel. You want to make My Name great in the world? Go to the Land of Israel? You want to keep the Torah? Go to the Land of Israel. That’s what Torah and being a Jew is all about.

Torah without the Land of Israel isn’t Torah. You can call it Watered-Down Torah, Torah Tidbits, Judaism, Diasporism, Galutism, Bagelism, Brooklynism, Reformism, Conservativism, Liberalism, Pluralism, whatever you like – it isn’t Torah. Before Hashem gave us the State of Israel, the Jews who clung to the scraps of Torah we had in Gentile lands were heroes who kept the flame of Torah alive, and they deserve the upmost credit and thanks. But now that we have the State of Israel, why cling to Gentile lands? Why choose to live there and not in Israel? Avraham didn’t. Why should we?