zEvents: The Lie of Occupation (Feb. 11) and
The Fountainhead/Esther Literary Mas
hup (Feb. 13)
Saturday, February 11, 2012
"Occupation" - The Big Lie with Eli E. Hertz

Where & When

Sat, February 11, 2012

Time: 7:00 pm

Stephen S. Wise Temple 
15500 Stephen W. Wise Dr.  
Los Angeles, CA 90077

Cost: $15 per person
Cash or check at the door

RSVP to zoawest@zoa.org
For more information call
(323) 424-4435 or visit www.zoawest.org.

The ZOA Western Region and Children of Jewish Holocaust Survivors invite you to learn zTruth



Please join us as Eli E. Hertz, one of the community's most learned expert on the Arab-Israeli conflict, examines the instruments that laid down the Jewish legal right to settle anywhere in Judea and Samaria, western Palestine, a 10,000 square mile area between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea, an entitlement unaltered in international law and valid to this day.   


Find out and get engaged as Eli discusses your rights to the Jewish homeland, and prepares you to challenge Arab myths surrounding Jewish rights to historical Palestine. Eli's lecture will offer new insights into the challenges presently facing the Jewish people.




February 13, 2012: The Book of Esther as the Jewish Fountainhead

Where & When

Mon, February 13, 2012

Dessert reception: 7:15 pm
Presentation: 8 pm

Luxe Sunset Boulevard Hotel 
11461 Sunset Blvd.   
Los Angeles, CA 90049  (Valet parking recommended)

Admission is free
Donations appreciated

RSVP to zoawest@zoa.org
Space is limited
For more information call
(323) 424-4435 or visit www.zoawest.org.

Photo courtesy
Ayn Rand Institute  
A ZOA West Purim Special!


What could the Book of Esther, the biblical tale that inspired the Jewish holiday of Purim, possibly have in common with author-philosopher Ayn Rand's bestselling classic, The Fountainhead?  


A lot.  


In fact, with striking similarities in characterization, plot and theme, the two works are like literary cousins--works of romantic literature that can inspire us against tyranny.

Through a comparison of the works' respective heroes and villains, ZOA West's Executive Director Orit Arfa will demonstrate:

  • The meaning of "rational Jewish self-interest" and how it compares and contrasts with Rand's idea of "rational self-interest"
  • How publisher Gail Wynand and King Ahasuerus are examples of "irrational" self-interest 
  • The similar techniques of the intellectual Ellsworth Toohey and the Jew-hating vizier Haman in their quest for unearned power
  • The contrasting heroism of Howard Roark and Mordecai the Jew 
  • How Dominique Francon and Queen Esther, through their personal transformations, can inspire us all
  • How the Book of Esther abides by Rand's "Benevolent Universe Premise"--a faith in the ability of good to triumph over evil   

Familiarity with The Fountainhead and Book of Esther recommended for the full benefit of the presentation. For an online translation of the Book of Esther, click here.  



Orit Arfa is the Executive Director of the Western Region, ZOA. A reporter for over ten years, she has written on a variety of subjects relating to the American-Jewish community and Israel, most notably for the Jewish Journal of Los Angeles and the Jerusalem Post. She holds a BA in Jewish Studies and Journalism from American Jewish University and an MA in Bible and Jewish Thought from the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, where she has explored the interplay between the thought of Ayn Rand and Judaism.    


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About the ZOA
Founded in 1897, the Zionist Organization of America ("ZOA") is the oldest pro-Israel organization in the United States. With offices around the country and in Israel, the ZOA is dedicated to educating the public, elected officials, media, and college/high school students about the truth of the ongoing and relentless Arab war against Israel. ZOA is also committed to promoting strong U.S.-Israel relations. ZOA works to protect Jewish college and high school students from intimidation, harassment and discrimination, and in fighting anti-Semitism in general. To learn more about the ZOA, go to www.zoa.org.