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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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      Kislev 22, 5772, 12/18/2011

      I'll Take Obama's "Dare"

      Greetings from Shiloh as the Chanukah Holiday gets closer.  Did you know that some of the battles between the Maccabees and the Greeks took place right near Shiloh?  Yes, it's true.  It's nothing new for our enemies to want our Land.

      Read more about life here in Shiloh on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander, which are updated much more frequently than this one.

      Next week will already be be Chanukah. And before the eight day holiday of Chanukah has ended, there will be Rosh Chodesh Tevet, the beginning of the Jewish Month of Tevet.  I have my plans set, bli neder, G-d willing, I'll be celebrating at Tel Shiloh.  For the past few years, I work my schedule around Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh.

      Tuesday, December 27, 2011
      Shiur Torah, Short Torah Lesson
      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
      תפילת נשים
      ראש חודש טבת בתל שילה
      יום ג' 27-12 8:30
      יהיה דבר תורה
      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
      Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the office. Email telshilo@gmail.com or phone 02-994-4019. It's a lovely place to visit, tour and pray, too, of course.  There's a snack place, and food and tours can be arranged for groups and events.  Make a day of it.

      I'll Take Obama's "Dare"

      "And as Ehud has said, it is hard to remember a time when the United States has given stronger support to Israel on its security. In fact, I am proud to say that no U.S. administration has done more in support of Israel's security than ours. None. Don't let anybody else tell you otherwise. It is a fact." from United States President Barack Hussein Obama, at the 71st Assembly of the Union for Reform Judaism

      Well, here's another example to be added to the list, right under "the history of the Palestinian sic people." 

      "If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it..." Joseph Goebbels.

      OK, Barry Obama, I'm willing to call your bluff!  It's obvious that you have some new Jewish speech-writers on your staff, but a speech is just a speech.  It's also obvious that you've been taking lessons in public speaking, since you sound much less wooden than you did previously.  But, again, a speech is just a speech, and I know that you didn't write it; just like you didn't write any of your speeches.  You're campaigning and you're fund-raising.  You want Jewish support, so you've brought new people onto your staff to train/coach you in how to speak to Jews.

      Here's the entire speech:

      Whoever the new speech-writers are, they're good. But it's just words, and I don't trust them, because the truth is that Obama's uncompromising support for the Arab Pseudostinians aka Palestinians sic is the most dangerous thing for Israeli security. Those Arabs aren't shy about telling the truth.

      Their single solitary aim is the destruction of the State of Israel and replacing it with an Arab terror state that will endanger world peace, and that includes the United States of America.

      Barry Obama, don't you dare lecture us about Judaism and Jewish History! 
      I don't accept your lies!

      Kislev 3, 5772, 11/29/2011

      If Not in Shiloh, Then Never in Tel Aviv

      Thank G-d for the rain, and let's pray that we have more, lots more, but not a flood.  We're already in the Jewish Month of Kislev, and my friends and I celebrated Rosh Chodesh (the first of the Jewish Month) at Tel Shiloh.

      Next month's Rosh Chodesh Prayers:

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tevet

      Tuesday, December 27, 2011 8:30am

      Shiur Torah, Short Torah Lesson

      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

      תפילת נשים ראש חודש טבת בתל שילה

      יום ג' 27-12 8:30

      יהיה דבר תורה

      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

      Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the office. Email office@telshilo.org.il or phone 02-994-4019.

      You can read more of my articles on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  I recommend your reading and sharing the latest Kosher Cooking Carnival.

      And now for the "main course:"

      Building in The Land of Israel, If Not in Shiloh, Then Never in Tel Aviv

      Tel Aviv is the Israel Leftist Capitol of the State of Israel.  Especially the Israeli radical extremist Left choke over the fact that Ben Gurion chose traditional Biblical Jerusalem over the Modern Zionist invention, Tel Aviv.

      Factually, actually today's Israeli radical extreme loony Leftists still refuse to believe that the true "parents" of their beloved Tel Aviv are Shiloh, Hebron and Jerusalem.  Three parents may seem a bit much, but we're talking history, not biology.  The modern State of Israel is descended from the Bible, and the Jewish Nation had its first capital in Shiloh.  After that for seven years, King David ruled from Hebron and after that he brought his government/monarchy to Jerusalem.  These three cities give the modern state legitimacy.  Three is an important number for stability.  Commentary Magazine has an interesting article about the Israeli Left, worth reading.

      Appease aka Peace sic Now is upset that the Israeli Government has approved building homes for Jews in Shiloh.  These building plots were actually allocated for building a very long time ago, but actual building is recent.  I see things rather simply, and from now on I think that our response to anybody who denies our Jewish right to be/live in places like Shiloh should be:

      "So you believe in apartheid.  You believe in discriminating against Jews.  That's what you're promoting by banning Jews from living here.  You're a racist."

      That's the truth.  All those Leftists, Liberals with a capital "L" are just racists and must be confronted with the plain and honest truth. Here are a few pictures of some recent building here in Shiloh.  Enjoy!

      Cheshvan 16, 5772, 11/13/2011

      Opting Out, The Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Hate-Fest

      Have a good week, no a better week.  Last week was very tragic for the Jewish People.  Read more on Shiloh Musings and me-ander, including my memorial of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach.

      Opting Out, The Yitzchak Rabin Memorial Hate-Fest

      One of the best things about my recent work schedule, night shift, has been missing the Israeli television news.  This is the season when hate, sinat chinam, baseless hatred against other Jews, is celebrated by the media, politicians and public figures.

      Yitzchak Rabin memorial at Jerusalem Municipality

      There are so many theories based on fact and fiction about the killing of Yitzchak Rabin, it's hard to know exactly what happened.  There are more holes in the official judicial conviction of Yigal Amir than in Swiss Cheese a fishing net.

      Rabin's killing has replaced Chaim Alosoroff's, Dir Yassin, King David Hotel bombing etc to incite Jew against Jew

      I pray for true peace and the cessation of this hatred.  I demand that the Left do the חשבון נפש Cheshbon Nefesh, Accounting of the Soul, to see the true source of hatred, how David Ben-Gurion could have had no compunctions about ordering Yitzchak Rabin to lead the attack against the Jews bringing weapons on the Altalena to free Jerusalem from the Arabs.  Yes, Rabin attacked innocent Jews.  That his memory is being used to incite against Jews is a tragedy, because nothing was learned from the earlier tragedies brought to you/us by the Israel Left.

      Tishrei 30, 5772, 10/28/2011

      Lop-Sided Prisoner Exchanges Endanger Us

      Chodesh Tov.  Today we celebrate a new month, Cheshvan.  G-d willing the rains will start in sufficient quantities to make up for the years of drought.  I'll be going to Tel Shiloh soon for Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers. For more information about that and other things going on in my life, here in The Eye of the Storm, read Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      Israel's Right to Self-Defense, Lop-Sided Prisoner Exchanges Endanger Us

      Let's start with HonestReporting's excellent slideshow

      Maybe I missed something, but I never quite caught on to the reason why the State of Israel took on responsibility for paying for this Ilan Grapel's release from Egypt with prisoners.

      Why is Jonathan Pollard still in an American jail?

      Don't forget that the Arab terrorists aren't stupid, cruel and violent, but not stupid:

      Hamas TV: Kidnap 6 more Israeli soldiers and free remaining 6,000 prisoners

      Tishrei 26, 5772, 10/24/2011

      American Celebrities Should Mind Their Own Business!

      I haven't posted here for quite a while.  The last few times I tried, there were technical problems which I couldn't solve.  I hope you've been readying my posts on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      American Celebrities Should Mind Their Own Business!

      The American economy is collapsing, in much worse shape than the Israeli one, and American entertainers and entrepreneurs have come to Israel to tell us how to run our country.  If they are such experts, let them fix the United States.

      I love the joke/story in the Dry Bones comments by Elias:

      “Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.” ― Ronald Reagan Just replace Jimmy Carter with Barack Obama to update it!

      I try to be careful in terms of my comments about American politics, and I was born, raised in the states and have American citizenship.  What right do these American celebrities have to use their fame to try to force Israeli public opinion to follow their far Left ideology?

      "Frank Costanza may have famously asked for “serenity now” on Seinfeld, but George Costanza, also known as comedian Jason Alexander, plans to promote peace between Israel and the Palestinian Authority at a conference in the Knesset titled “The Knesset and the Nation: A debate in the aftermath of the Schalit deal” on Monday afternoon. ...Alexander is part of a delegation of more than 30 entrepreneurs and entertainers from the US visiting Israel with the “One Voice” campaign. The group will be hosted by MK Yoel Hasson (Kadima), the head of the Knesset Caucus to Promote the Two-State Solution and Separation Between Israel and the Palestinians..."

      These American entrepreneurs and entertainers should mind their own business, not only as an idiom.  The United States is suffering serious unemployment and manufacturing is not increasing; importing and outsourcing are.  There's plenty for them to do at home.  They shouldn't interfere with our security, our future.  They haven't a clue and won't pay the price for their mistakes.  Yes, I did see that Yoel Hasson of the Kadima Party is hosting them.  Kadima is the party of opportunism, no surprise.  They're into make-believe, so foreign celebrities are just their speed to try to bamboozle the Israeli public. I'm not buying!