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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:

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      Tishrei 13, 5771, 9/21/2010

      This Year's Avihu Keinan Chai Memorial Hike

      Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom.  We're approaching the last stage of our Jewish Holiday marathon, Succot, Shabbat and Simchat Torah.  On Chol Hamoed there will be activities for the entire family at Tel Shiloh.

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      This Year's Avihu Keinan Chai Memorial Hike

      The annual march in memory of our neighbor Avihu Keinan HaYa"D has evolved from a march to Jerusalem to hiking the hills and valleys near Shiloh.


      That first year was totally amazing.  Moshe Keinan, Avihu's father, pledged at the shortened because of Rosh Hashanna shiva to march to the President of the State of Israel in Jerusalem and demand a meeting to protest that his son was endangered and killed because of a perverse "morality" that the safety of Arab civilians was more important than the safety of our Israeli soldiers.



      Moshe, no youngster, grabbed an Israeli Flag and marched the entire route from Shiloh to the President's Official Residence.  A succah was set up and he held court for the entire week of Succot.  A wide variety of public officials and ordinary citizens visited to talk to him and show their support.  And yes, he was invited to meet then President Moshe Katzav.



      This year the march will be on the Sunday during Chol Hamoed Succot.  It will be a full-day hike.  For details contact Orit.



      Tishrei 11, 5771, 9/19/2010

      Have I Been Mistaken for a Head of Insect-free Lettuce?

      We're at the half-way mark during our annual marathon of Jewish Holidays.  Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur are behind us.  Now we're preparing for the Holiday of Joy, Simchat Torah.  The Eye of The Storm has been busy with our own celebrations.  And yes, there's always more to read on me-ander and Shiloh MusingsMay G-d bless one and all with a year of good health and wonderful news and especially wisdom for the policians in power and those who vote.

      Today I'm cross-posting a recent favorite, written by one of my team of writers.  It's highly recommended to check out the record-breaking number of comments.
      In five years from now, will the term uprooting be downgraded to moved?

      Have I Been Mistaken for a Head of Insect-free Lettuce?

      By Sara L. Shomron

      Nowadays, 5 years after the Israeli government’s forceful removal of its citizens from their homes in Gush Katif and the destruction of their communities, we seldom read/hear of it referred to as an expulsion but as an "uprooting."

      Why has a recent historical event documented by the mass media in all its ugliness, pain, and tears been sanitized and rewritten?

      I think the word uprooting serves to numb its distraught and tired population and their supporters. It suggests a state of denial of what happened in the summer of 2005. It confuses, bewilders, and reduces the expulsion to a botanical misfortune - and I am aghast.

       I don’t consider the word choice to be a matter of semantics or euphemisms. It reflects a world outlook. The use of uprooting seems to desensitize the mind, soften the reprehensible event, and merely serve to pave the way for future expulsions in disputed parts of the Land of Israel. It exonerates the Israeli government of its crime against the Gush Katif residents in particular, and the Jewish nation in general.

      The motivation for the change may be that the use of uprooting is considered poetic or without the political baggage rather than the tell-it-like-it-was expulsion. Yet replacing the word and concept of expulsion with uprooting into our collective lexicon misrepresents what happened the summer of 2005. Plants are uprooted and replanted, if not, they die. And plants, when uprooted, if they are to survive, are immediately replanted in soil, watered, and treated with tender loving care. Such was not the case with the Gush Katif population. For example, some communities were repeatedly moved by the government; some went to live in tents while many went to hotels for an indefinite period of time; some went directly to caravillas - all temporary and untenable living conditions. The Israeli government’s motto for the expulsion, “Determination and sensitivity,” was not seen. No, the Gush Katif residents were not uprooted.

       In five years from now, will the term uprooting be downgraded to moved?

      Tishrei 7, 5771, 9/15/2010

      Peace? Get Real!

      The Jewish People are now in the crucial time between Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur.  It's our last chance before G-d seals the Book of Life for the upcoming year.  Our family has, bli eyin haraa (keep away the evil eye) started the year well, Thank G-d.

      You may enjoy reading the latest Kosher Cooking Carnival, a monthly round-up of internet articles about all aspects of Kashrut, kosher food.  And of course, please visit my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander which are updated more frequently. 

      We must pray for wisdom, for us and those running the Israeli Government.

      Peace? Get Real!

      There are too many lies clouding people's minds.  This sort of New York Times pro-Muslim propaganda reminds me of the joke about the person who murdered his parents and then asked the court for mercy, because he was orphaned.  It's full of lies and distortions.

      While Israel marches blindly into the snare of "negotiations," the Arab terrorists continue to attack us.  Get real!  What's the point?  You can't "make peace" with people who want to annihilate you, so why hasn't the Israeli Government told Obama, Clinton, Blair etc to get packing and leave us alone?  Instead, Israel is considering yet more suicidal "gestures" to the terrorists.




      All those smiles make me very nervous.  They remind me of Little Red Ridinghood's wolf!

      What will it take for our Israeli politicians to wise up and face reality.  That's no grannie in bed!

      Tishrei 4, 5771, 9/12/2010

      Back To The Real World

      May we be blessed by G-d with a wonderful New Year governed by wise leaders...

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      Back To The Real World
      It doesn't look like the Arabs are preparing for peace. Does it?

      My three day news moratorium has ended.  It was so easy and pleasant to fill myself with holiness during the Rosh Hasanna + Shabbat long escape from reality. The "good news" is that we'll have these three day escapes quite a few times in the next ten years, but the "bad news" is that the rest of the world doesn't change.

      This past Friday, as good Jews all over the world were begging G-d to accept our repentance and forgive us, U. S. President Barack Hussein Obama was pounding away with his mantra that Israel must discriminate against Jews and forbid us to build in our HolyLand.  Obama's agenda is clear.  Jews must leave the Land of Jewish History, where the Bible narrative took place and give it to the very same Arabs who want to destroy us.  Hey, wake up hypocrites near and far.  That's blatant racist and religious discrimination.

      And back here, closer to home, not all Israelis had a quiet Rosh Hashannah.  Gazan Arab terrorists fired rockets into southern Israel over Rosh Hashannah.

      It doesn't look like the Arabs are preparing for peace.  Does it?

      Elul 26, 5770, 9/5/2010

      Looking Forward to The Three-Day News Moratorium

      It's hard to believe that we're just a few short, always too short, days to Rosh Hashannah, The Jewish New Year.  We don't greet our new year in a drunken stupor.  It's the only two day holiday in the Jewish Calendar.  We spend it in prayer, festive meals with symbolic foods and allow to sound of the shofar to shake our souls out of their complacency.

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      Looking Forward to The Three-Day News Moratorium

      Bad news can wait and good news is just as good delayed

      At last year's Second International Jewish Bloggers Conference (will there be a third?) David Horowitz, Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Post spoke about the news business.  He said that now that the paper is online, work can't cease for a minute.  The Jerusalem Post only closes for Yom Kippur, but he and his family are keeping more of Shabbat for their own sanity.  They need the break from the unpleasant realities of news.

      As the resident hausfrau here in the jblogging capital of Shiloh, I don't really enjoy all the domestic preparations for the upcoming three day (2 days of Rosh Hashannah plus Shabbat) Jewish Holiday weekend, but I do enjoy the subsequent silence of the news, the media, the telephone etc.  Bad news can wait and good news is just as good delayed.  I like to concentrate on the here and now of the prayers and community.

      This is a reminder that the One in Charge is G-d Almighty, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, not Bibi, Obama nor Hillary.  This World, Olam HaZeh,  עולם הזה is fleeting, temporary, just preparation for the Next World, Olam HaBa עולם הבא and determines where G-d will place us.  Our actions buy our tickets. Next Wednesday, before the sun goes down, we'll turn off and unplug the computer.  I'll light the first set of candles, take out my Machzor (Holiday Prayerbook) and pray to G-d that our Israeli politicians will transform into wise leaders and that G-d will forgive all our sins whether we properly repent or not.  We're only human, not angels.  We're riddled with faults and weaknesses.

      Shabbat Shalom
      Shannah Tovah Ketiva Vechatima Tova
      Gmar Chatima Tova