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Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.) Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching. She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:
Tishrei 25, 5773, 10/11/2012
There must be a method to the madness, as Israeli politicians and wannabe Knesset Members have started jockeying around tyring to find new ways to "party" in the very fluid Israeli political scene.
For some strange reason, I can't stop seeing in my mind that great Tango by Al Pacino and Gabrielle Anwar in "A Scent of a Woman."
Tags: election campaign
Tishrei 18, 5773, 10/4/2012
Succot Sameach, Have a Wonderful, Joyful Holiday!
Yes, it's never dull. You can read more of my writings on me-ander and Shiloh Musings. In Israel, not even the succah can protect us from the news. The big question revolves around elections, not only American Presidential elections:
The Israeli media is back at it, trying to double-guess the wily Bibi Netanyahu. Our Prime Minister, Binyamin Netanyahu out-tricked the media a few short months ago when he quickly eloped with Kadima's Shaul Mofaz which "cancelled" the expected/presumed early September elections. Mofaz had his agenda and expected to snake up in the Netanyahu kitchen cabinet, but he failed and bailed out hoping to annul the marriage.
Or think of Israeli governments as yeast dough. If they last too long, they overflow and spoil. Yes, again, like the yeast dough, timing isn't set in advance, there are other factors like the heat and the sugar and salt all combining with the yeast and flour.
For the third consecutive election, U.S. officials are trying to help the Labor Party's candidate win the Israeli election because of their dissatisfaction with the policies of the incumbent. Taking a page out of George Bush's playbook, the Clinton Administration has once again done just about everything but announce that Bill hates Bibi. Anonymous officials tell reporters how bad their relationship is while the State Department makes pronouncements about Netanyahu violating promises he made to the President.
During the 1999 elections, James Carville, Clinton's media/election advisor worked for Ehud Barak. Barak's Labor Party won, but it was bad news, a reign of terror, Arab terror attacks in Israel. The Barak government didn't last long. The truth is that it was easier for Carville to market Barak than it was for Barak to govern. Since then, Ehud Barak as become more a postscript to Israeli political history. If Bibi hadn't brought him in, his career would be over.
The Ehud Olmert factor is just a media game. Olmert and Arye Deri make great headlines, but I can't see them as returning to serious political power, except maybe behind the scenes.
Technically, February 2013 elections would be early, but in real terms, the Netanyahu Government will have lasted longer than recent ones. My guess is that the next Israeli Elections will be some time before Passover.
Who's taking bets? What's yours?
Tishrei 12, 5773, 9/28/2012
Good morning! The Jewish World is in the midst of a marathon of holidays, praying, feasting, fasting and more. As usual you can read more on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Chag Sameach, joyful holiday to all!
Last night as my neighbor was driving me home from work I decided to "make conversation" by first telling him how much I had enjoyed the dovening prayers in our shul and then he mentioned that Yom Kippur would be "longer" next year.
"Just start the morning prayers an hour later, the time it would be if there wasn't daylight savings, and you'll have the same shorter Yom Kippur."
Tishrei 4, 5773, 9/20/2012
As regular readers of mine know very well, my opinions are my own and not always very conventional. You can read more on me-ander and Shiloh Musinings. And I'll also take this as an opportunity to wish all of you a good, healthy and successful New Year.
I look at politics differently from most, especially Israeli politics. There's more than simple Right vs Left separating Israeli political parties. Generally Israelis choose their parties to vote for according to a few simple criterion, the youth movements they were members of as kids. That's why the National Religious Party had a campaign slogan a few elections ago saying:
They wanted former Bnai Akiva members to vote nostalgia aka NRP or Jewish Home.
AS: I think I’d like to be either Education Minister or Foreign Minister since both education and hasbara are close to my heart.
That's the criteria most people ignore. Does the political party aim to be in the cabinet at any ideological cost or do they want to be the magnet pulling the Prime Minister to what they think Israel should be?
Tammuz 18, 5772, 7/8/2012
Today's a fast day, the 17th, actually the 18th of Tammuz. We fast to remember the destruction of Jerusalem and our Holy Temple. This fast initiates a period of three weeks during which our mourning becomes more and more intense culminating with the 25 hour fast of Tisha b'Av, the date the Temple was destroyed and other tragedies happened to the Jewish People.
Our sages say that one of the reasons G-d allowed them to happen was that we didn't treat each other properly. There was sinat chinan the worse type of hatred. The Jewish People must work together to prevent that sin. That's one of the reasons I wrote:
I used to think that I agreed with most of Moshe Feiglin's points, except for his totally unrealistic idea that he could and would take over the Likud. Feiglin is no close to taking over the Likud than he was when he started his campaign.
So the Right doesn't really want this compulsory draft and the Left doesn't, either.
Says who? I don't see how Feiglin comes to those conclusions.
Israel needs every single type of soldier. The IDF must utilize the varied talents of the population to defend the country. Our school system must educate the youth about the importance of defending the country. Our history, citizenship and geography curriculum must be rewritten so that every student understands why we're here, what our rights are, our legitimacy etc. We need soldiers from the Left, Right and Center and from the secular, traditional, dati and chareidi. For many Israelis, the army is the first place they really get to know a wide variety of Israelis and understand that we must live and work together.