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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:
Abbas, in a televised speech on Sunday night, expressed hope that the Palestinians would find a partner in Israel “that would be capable of making major and responsible decisions to end the occupation and ensure real security for both Israelis and Palestinians.”...Abbas noted that the Quartet statement had “stressed the need to end the occupation that began in 1967, including that of east Jerusalem.” (complete article)
I try to keep my blogs interesting with a variety of posts. Read about a strange visit we had our first Succot in Shiloh and some thoughts about the sound of the Shofar, kol shofar on Shiloh Musings and about an interesting improv theater perfomance on me-ander.
As this year winds up, there 's still a lot of unfinished business, like freeing Gilad Shalit from his Arab terrorist captors. I've written about it a number of times. It seems to me that there's something very wrong in how it has been handled.
This morning the radio was on at the Shiloh Swimming Pool. Every little while I could hear the announcement by Aviva Shalit, Gilad's mother, reminding us that tomorrow will be Gilad's fifth birthday in captivity. She then invites us all to protest after Shabbat. So far, so good, but then she announces that the protest's slogan is that Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu must free Gilad.
Duh!?! Did I miss something here? Is Bibi Netanyahu holding Gilad prisoner? No, well, if that's the case how does she expect the Prime Minister to free her son?
Bibi wasn't even Prime Minister when Gilad Shalit was captured. There's something very fokokt in the Shalit family's tactics and logic.
Didn't Hamas kidnap Gilad Shalit? Yes, it did. So the focus of the demonstrations must be on the agencies, organizations, countries etc that represent Hamas. There should be a constant vigil against the International Red Cross, European Union and the United Nations for their laxity and hypocrisy in not demanding to visit and assist Gilad Shalit in returning home.
It's obvious that the Shalit family is mixing their own anti-Likud politics in with their personal pain. They are wasting precious time by fudging the issues here. They should be working with the government to pressure those who support Hamas to return Gilad home.
"No cuttee, no readee."The school principal replied:
"But we just invested so much money in the videos."Well, after many parents complained about having to invest in assessments and tutoring, they finally went back to a more traditional and successful phonics method.
It's hard to believe that Rosh Hashannah is in Just a few weeks. I had better start inviting neighbors for meals, or we'll find ourselves all alone! And since I'm mentioning food, maybe you'd like to check out the pre-Holiday Kosher Cooking Carnival, a round-up of blog posts from all over the world about kosher food. Another popular post is Judaism, 24/7.
My dear friend Isramom sent a very inspiring video out to friends. I trust that she'll, too, be blogging about it and explaining her connection. You can probably connect the dots if you look at her gorgeous blog banner.
The younger generation of דתי לאומי dati le'umi, national religious Israeli Jews are doing amazing things all over Israel. They have taken up the challenge of Zionism today and have the idealism and creativity of the very early Zionists who had left Europe, poverty, universities, great cities, and frequently traditional Jewish Life etc to reconnect with our historic Homeland building and planting.
They thought that they needed to be "new Jews" and tried to replace Torah adherence and Jewish Law with a socialist "Utopian" Zionism. A large proportion of their descendants now feel disconnected, disengaged from that very Land.
Davka, it's the religious Israeli youth who are the new pioneers. They embrace both the Torah and the Holy Land. They're planting a newer and better Zionism with strong roots. Without celebrating our Torah and ancient Biblical history, our country will wither like the descendants of the early secular Zionists.