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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:
Sivan 27, 5770, 6/9/2010
When I take groups to Tel Shiloh and remind them that Shiloh was the Capitol City of the Jewish People for 369 years, I wonder with them how we managed to stay in touch, communicate. There were no telephones, internet etc. It's not like today, not at all when we're in instant contact with others and anyone can be part of the international media. I consider my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander to be my own newspapers/magazines.
I'm my own boss and can write in any genre I choose. The downside is that I don't get paid, though some bloggers do make money from their blogging.
Before I forget, I'd just like to remind you that Shabbat and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the Jewish Month) of Tammuz. Tel Shiloh is the perfect place for Women's Prayers.
Shiloh is where Chana prayed and the Jewish Laws of Prayer are derived from how she prayed.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
ראש חודש תמוז בתל שילה Sunday, June 13, 9:30am
יום א' 13-6 09:30
Tel Shiloh is open for visitors. For more information firstname.lastname@example.org 02-994-4019
Now, for the main attraction:
From the professed outrage of Israel's blockade of Arab terror stronghold Gaza by the United States, Obama on down, you'd think that America promotes free movement of terrorists. In recent years fewer people brush their teeth in airplanes, because their toothpaste tubes are considered too large to be trusted. Bottles of newly bought water from airport stores are confiscated at the gate forcing passengers to ceaselessly annoy the airplane crews by demanding more water to drink, over and over again.
Considering that I had to stop doing needlepoint when flying, and even the legality of my innocent crochet hook has been questioned, what's so outrageous about Israel inspecting ships loaded with supplies to the terror "entity" adjacent? Call us paranoid if you like, but we do have enemies who want to destroy our country and have been practicing by terrorizing our civilians. And don't forget that armed mercenaries were found on the faux-peace flotilla. Do Gazans really need those knives?
Strange timing, just a short while ago a couple of fellas from New Jersey were arrested at JFK International Airport before they had a chance "join an Islamic terrorist group in Somalia and plot attacks against American troops abroad..."
That clear hypocrisy, "different rules for different folks" makes it very clear to me that we don't have to pay attention to any foreigners. Israel must do what's best for the citizens of Israel, plain and simple.
Sivan 21, 5770, 6/3/2010
This has been quite a week with Israel being forced to board the godzilla flotilla to prevent all those faux-peace anti-Israel agitators from reaching Gaza. I've written a lot about it on Shiloh Musings. Me-ander is of a different genre and includes a couple of "caption this" posts.
I think we missed out on a great opportunity. What do you think?
That's right. We shouldn't have released any of the enemy anti-Israel agitators from the Godzilla Flotilla until Gilad Shalit was released and arrived home in Israel.
That demand would have made more sense than all the demonstrations against the Israeli Government, as if Bibi Netanyahu was holding Shalit prisoner.
Instead the Shalit family is still waiting for Gilad and hundreds of our enemies were sent home to huge festive welcoming celebrations by those who want Israel destroyed and all us Israelis dead.
Sivan 17, 5770, 5/30/2010
Shavua Tov, Have a Great Week. If you want to read more of my writings, please bookmark my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander. I post there much more frequently. Generally, I try to put things as simply as possible, like Hypocrites for "Human Rights." Now for this morning's post:
Israel, Get Real! "Peace" Talks Dangerous Farce
There's no nice way to say this, especially considering how much hope, man-hours and money have been hyped into this Utopian idea that there can be "peace" between Israel and the Arabs, but the truth is that there's no way in this generation and probably the next, too, that there can be a genuine peace.
I gave that long, probably run-on sentence its very own paragraph. The CPA's pragmatic daughter I am wants to make it very clear. Some people mock my strong religious belief as being rather "la la" or unrealistic, but I totally disagree. It's much easier to prove G-d's existence than it is to prove that the Arabs want to live in peace with the State of Israel.
The internationally funded Appease aka Peace sic Now and all the related organizations and groups have been brainwashing Israelis for decades already. They've made such headway; we're in a real life episode of the Twilight Zone.
To make things simple, like the popular modern child-rearing technique of "time-out," we should declare a one year postponement of negotiations for every single rocket or missile the Arabs launch at Israel, whether the rocket kills, damages or just malfunctions executing the very terrorists who launched it. Remind the United States, United Nations etc that this is non-negotiable. That's what a normal, self-respecting country would do, and didn't the early secular Zionists dream of being a normal country? I agree. We shouldn't agree to anything that any other country wouldn't agree to.
We must ignore the bogus human rights organizations, because they consistently condemn Israel when Israel's actions would be praised if any other country had done it.
We must, at the same time, use the military to go after those who attack us militarily. Nobody in their right mind would use body lotion on skin cancer. Would you? How about ointment on gangrene?
I certainly wouldn't interfere with the PA's negotiating with the United States over issues between them, but not anything concerning Israel. United States President Barack Hussein Obama promised them a state. Well, there's lots of unoccupied land in the continental United States without the sort of documented history that our Land has.
As I've written many times, since the western/Christian world swears on the Bible they should take it seriously. This is Jewish Land and only Jewish Land. If Obama sold them a can of worms, that has nothing to do with us.
Sivan 7, 5770, 5/20/2010
Hat tip: IMRA
Part of the self-defeating, peculiar and perverse morality which Israeli and Jewish leaders and shakers have adopted over the generations, or should I say over the millenniums, is this tendency (more ingrained habit) to absorb and accept all sorts of slights and attacks.
Jews all over the world have been at the forefront of all sorts of battles to defend civil rights, human rights of every single persecuted, discriminated against ethnic or national group or religion except for one. Yes, that one is ourselves, Jews and Israelis. Somehow we have a "vision" problem, being terribly "far-sighted," we can't see anything that's close.
I'll never forget the nightmarish sensation sitting in American MO (Modern Orthodox) synagogues on the eve of Disengagement hearing the rabbis babble about Darfur when thousands of loyal, innocent Jewish Israeli citizens were about to be thrown out of their homes for the simple reason that they were Jews. And here, in Israel, it was our elected government, elected on a pro-Jewish rights platform, which conceived and promoted that policy. Why was the Jewish world so silent? I don't expect the non-Jewish media, moralists and politicians to care more than Jews.
We Jews and Israelis are responsible for our fate and our international image. By kowtowing and cooperating with those who want to destroy us we increase the dangers.
It's time to stand tall and proud and fight with words. Done properly, we won't need bullets.
I don't blame the United States, United Nations, Europe etc for the mess Israel's in. I'm not supporting any protests to Obama which demand that he stop forcing Israel to do things which can endanger us. Obama isn't the problem, the Israeli politicians are.
Pressure must be put on Bibi and the so-called Right of Likud and the coalition to stop listening to the Left and the foreigners.
Obama only pressures Israel because he sees it working. If it didn't work, he'd stop.
Every country should do what's best for its security, economy etc, and most countries conduct themselves by that principle. Only Israel thinks that it must sacrifice its land, security, economy for some peculiar morality. Those of us in the opposition must not give up. The future of our country is at risk. We are not obligated to obey foreign dictates nor amputate our HolyLand to give the Arab terrorists a country in our heartland. And if it's true about Shimon Peres offering the Golan to Syria, he should be arrested for sedition. Even as Israeli President he does not have the authority to do such a thing or even negotiate. The Israeli President is not a political position. He's supposed to smile nicely and be polite to ambassadors etc. Nu, so what should non-Israelis say in their protest letters to Israeli politicians:
Sivan 3, 5770, 5/16/2010
This morning the Arutz 7's (my internet homepage) top headline was about an Arab terror attack against Israelis between Ofra and Shiloh. Many people mistakenly think such attacks are common. They aren't; at least shooting and rock throwing aren't very common.
There's another danger which isn't just here in the holy, Biblical hills of Samaria and Judea. I'm talking about dangerous driving. Just like the Arabs build whatever types of homes they want sans building and engineering permits etc, they drive without obeying basic traffic laws. There is a form of apartheid here, because the laws only apply to Jews. The occasional security arrest makes headlines, but behavior which would jail a Jewish Israeli goes unpunished when it comes to Arabs. It's common to see Arab vehicles recklessly driving over the heavy white lines while passing three or more vehicles. They know that even if there's traffic police observing, the cops wouldn't dare go after them.
Many accidents, including fatal ones, are caused by Arabs driving dangerously. Sometimes they keep it in the family and the victims are Arab, too. But sometimes they are Jewish, and the Arab truck driver is unscathed. Some of you may be confused. The Left has led you to believe that our roads are segregated, that Arabs are relegated to inferior less direct roads. That's another of the Leftist lies, like a mantra to brainwash the world. The vast majority of roads here are open to all drivers, no matter who issued the license plate. The only drivers who are restricted are Jewish Israelis. Our few remaining security roadblocks order obviously Jewish Israeli drivers not to continue on certain roads. FYI there are many Arabs with Israeli License plates, because they reside in Israel, including Jerusalem and have Israeli Identity Cards.
And please don't think that this situation is only in Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley, areas Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. It's the same in the Galilee and Negev where Arabs and Bedouin ignore laws they find "inconvenient."
It's not enough to just drive carefully. Stay alert and pray.
יהִי רָצוֹן מִלּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלוהינוּ ואֱלוהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְתַנְחֵנוּ אֶל מְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וְלְשִּׂמְחָה ולְשָּׁלוֹם. (ותחזירנו לביתנו לשלום). וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב בַּדֶּרֶךְ וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנֻיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם, וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ. וְתִתְנְנוֹ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָּל רוֹאֵינוּ, וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנֵינוּ.
כִּי אֵל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אַתָּה.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.
Here is a transliterated version of the Traveler's Prayer (from The Transliterated Siddur):
"Ye-hi ra-tson mi-l'fa-ne-cha, A-do-nai e-lo-hei-nu vei-lo-hei a-vo-tei-nu, she-to-li-chei-nu l'sha-lom, v'ta-tsi-dei-nu l'sha-lom, v'tad-ri-chei-nu l'sha-lom, v'ta-gi-ei-nu lim-choz chef-tsei-nu, l'cha-yim ul-sim-chah ul-sha-lom. V'ta-tsi-lei-nu mi-kaf kawl o-yeiv, v'o-reiv v'lis-tim v'cha-yot ra-ot ba-de-rech, u-mi-kawl mi-nei fur -a-ni-yot, ha-mit-ra-g'shot la-vo la-o-lam. V'tish-lach b'ra-chah b'chawl ma-a-sei ya-dei-nu, v'ti-t'nei-nu l'chein ul-che-sed ul-ra-cha-mim b'ei-ne-cha, uv-ei-nei chawl ro-ei-nu. V'tish-ma kol ta-cha-nu-nei-nu, ki Eil sho-mei-a t'fi-lah v'ta-cha-nun a-tah. Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai, sho-mei-a t'fi-lah."
Here is a translation (from Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery):
"May it be Your will, Lord, My God and God of my ancestors, to lead me, to direct my steps, and to support me in peace. Lead me in life, tranquil and serene, until I arrive at where I am going. Deliver me from every enemy, ambush and hurt that I might encounter on the way and from all afflictions that visit and trouble the world. Bless the work of my hands. Let me receive divine grace and those loving acts of kindness and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all those I encounter. Listen to the voice of my appeal, for you are a God who responds to prayerful supplication. Praised are you, Lord, who responds to prayer."