Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Thoughts About Tzvi Fishman's "Imagine all the Jewish People lived in Israel. A Chanukah Song"
Here we are over a hundred years after the first stirrings of Modern Zionism. No doubt that everyone called Herzl a "dreamer" and couldn't imagine that his solution to antisemitism had a chance to succeed.
Think about it: Theodor Herzl and the great science-fiction writer, Jules Verne, were peers and died just months apart. Most Jews of their time probably took Verne more seriously than they took Herzl. The idea that Jews would find their national salvation in the barren infested Middle-East was preposterous. Almost every Jew who had the guts to try a new life headed to North America. You had to be certifiably crazy to go to that "other place." Few stayed; they either tried another, easier part of the world or died from disease or Arab terror. Yes, Arab terror isn't new. It didn't begin with Israel's victory in the 1967 Six Days War nor the 1948 War of Independence.
Even when my husband and I made aliyah, as a couple of newlyweds, it was still a rare phenomena, and conditions here weren't easy. But today Israel is as modern as any other advanced country. When we came, we were dreamers, too. Who could have imagined that Israel would develop into the advanced country it is today with an economy stronger than most? Those wise with their money are investing their dollars here.
Get real and follow Tzvi's advice. "Imagine..."