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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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      Av 30, 5770, 8/10/2010

      Chodesh Elul Tov, Tel Shiloh

      Chodesh Tov!  We're in the midst of celebrating a double (two day) New Moon; the month of Elul is upon us.  Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year is just a month away.

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh

       תפילת נשים בתל שילה

      ראש חודש אלול יום ד' 9:30 11-8

      Rosh Chodesh Elul Wed. 11-8, 9:30am

       Everyone's Invited כולן מוזמנות


      I post more articles on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Please visit them, too.

      Chodesh Elul Tov, Tel Shiloh

      See the light!
      This year, according to the Jewish Calendar is almost over.  At the end of the day, shadows get longer.
      Forty-three years ago, G-d was very merciful to us and enabled us to defeat the enemy armies from Jordan, Syria and Egypt.  As a result we have been holding onto our historic Biblical Homeland.  That means that all sorts of sites where Jewish History took place are in Jewish hands.  Let's take advantage of it.
      How to pray is shown to us in the story of Chana, when she prays in Shiloh for a son who is to lead the Jewish People from a loose tribal federation to a nation ruled by a king.
      Shiloh is the place to pray.  Please join me tomorrow, Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh.  It's the place to pray to G-d, each of us as we need.
      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
      תפילת נשים בתל שילה
      ראש חודש אלול
      יום ד' 9:30 11-8
      Rosh Chodesh Elul
      Wed. 11-8, 9:30am
      Everyone's Invited
      כולן מוזמנות


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      The Tel Shiloh is open all weekdays for tourists and visitors.  It's possible to arrange for a guided tour, have a snack in the coffee shop, buy souvenirs and even use it as the location for a party or gathering.  For more information email telshilo@gmail.com  or call 02-994-4019.

      Av 26, 5770, 8/6/2010

      I'm Not For Sale!

      If Jews can't live freely in Shiloh, what right do we have to live in Tel Aviv, Haifa or Beer Sheva?
      Shabbat's soon, just a few more hours.   As usual I've been blogging (writing) much more frequently on my other blogs,
      Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  You are welcome to click their names and read.


      I'm Not For Sale!

      Every time I read about "financial compensation for the building freeze" my blood boils.  It's not about money.  Why should the Left, the media and the government think they can buy people off?  Granted that the building freeze has had a financial cost to many people and businesses, but that isn't the main problem with it.

      Just like money can't compensate someone for loss of life, home etc.  Money can't substitute for time lost nor delegitimization of sovereignty.

      I live in Shiloh because it is a Jewish historical site in the Jewish Land.  Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's call for a Jewish only building freeze was not only immorally discriminatory against Jewish Israelis, it delegitimizes the entire State of Israel.  If Jews can't live freely in Shiloh, what right do we have to live in Tel Aviv, Haifa or Beer Sheva? And for the families who planned on building during the ten months, time was stolen from them.  How do you replace time even if the government completely lifts the siege against construction 100%?

      Where is the logic behind the rabid destruction of Jewish buildings?  Does the state or innocent Israelis have no other enemies than the G-d fearing patriotic Jews who built the homes and synagogue Defense Minister Ehud Barak ordered destroyed?

       We didn't move to Shiloh to take advantage of any financial advantages that were then offered, just like we didn't make aliyah to the Land of Israel for the inexpensive boat ride.

      No money can compensate for discriminatory anti-Jewish policies.  I'm not for sale!

      Av 24, 5770, 8/4/2010

      Testing? And Now From the North...

      Here in the genuine "Bible belt," the Shomron (Samarian) Mountains where most of Jewish History actually happened, we're suffering an unusually humid heatwave.  I hope that you're more comfortable than I am in my barely cooled by a small fan home.  You can read all about it on me-ander and more of my opinions and political observations on Shiloh Musings.

      Testing? And Now From the North...


      Were the two attacks coordinated, the katyushas on Eilat and the and now the fatal one from the Lebanese on Israeli border troops?
      "A senior American official in Washington said that, based on what had been learned so far, the Lebanese military appeared to have been responsible for starting the gunfire."  (complete article)

      Actually, there was another recent one, on Ashkelon making making it three Arab attacks on Israel in less than a week.

      Where's Israel's response?

      Do you hear or see anything in the news?

      Are foreign "peace-loving" diplomats, the United Nations or the United States defending Israel and condemning the attacks?

      Does anyone see a dangerous pattern here?

      What's next?

      Av 16, 5770, 7/27/2010

      "Completely Unacceptable," Great Britain's Condemnation

      I have just returned from bringing my father to Arizona, USA to reunite with my mother.  I've written more about it on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      "Completely Unacceptable," Great Britain's Condemnation of Israel
      David Cameron isn't interested in the truth

      Today Mr Cameron said: "The situation in Gaza has to change. Humanitarian goods and people must flow in both directions.

      "Gaza cannot and must not be allowed to remain a prison camp."

      And he added: "The Israeli attack on the Gaza flotilla was completely unacceptable.

      "And I have told PM Netanyahu we will expect the Israeli inquiry to be swift, transparent and rigorous." (complete article, I first heard this on the bbc, but can't find it on the internet site)

      Great Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron's words are no great surprise.  The anti-Israeli (Zionist/Jewish) policies of Great Britain are long-standing.  Cameron's no different from his predecessors.

      Israel does permit humanitarian goods and people to cross in and out of Gaza.  But because of the terrorist and rocket attacks from Gaza on Israel, Israel has no choice other than inspect the goods first.  That's what all countries do.  Israel didn't "attack" the Gaza flotilla; it just attempted to inspect the goods, but the soldiers were surprised/attacked by violent mercenaries.  In self-defense the Israelis had to kill some of the mercenaries.  It's that simple, but David Cameron isn't interested in the truth.

      Tammuz 25, 5770, 7/7/2010

      Obama's All Teeth ...

      Just a reminder that there's lots more to read on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      ... as he meets with Netanyahu.

      It's no secret that United States President Barack Hussein Obama was told to be nice to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu this time.  So he turned on the charm and brought kosher food to the White House.

      Of course, as Arlene Kushner writes, we don't know what was said behind the closed doors.
      Honestly, a smiling Obama makes me more nervous than the nasty pouting one.  I have no doubt that he made lots of dangerous demands on Netanyahu when the cameras were banned.