4 Sivan 5774
Day 48 of the Omer
I recently went to the new Cinema City Complex in Jerusalem, appropriately located right across the street from the so-called High Court of Justice with its decorative pyramids. Despite it's two-story tall depiction of Moses the Lawgiver and the yet-to-be-opened Noah's Ark and Beit Hamikdash displays, this is a Temple to American Cinema and culture. Scenes from famous American movies tower over visitors and there are models (idols?) of familiar animated characters. With its 20 movie theaters, restaurants, candy stores and colorful lights and imagery, it is all about those 'wonderful' American values - entertainment, pleasure and consumption. Just what the Holy Land needs more of.
And here is another example of cultural exchange that is killing us spiritually...
Kimberly-Clark Defends Huggies Diaper Ad Accused of Sexualizing Kids in Israel
If these things appeal to you, enjoy it while you still can because Hashem is on His way to cleaning house.