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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:
Here's one of my latest picture posts, concentrating on something neither pleasant nor safe:
These pictures aren't posted to show the beauty of the Land of Israel. They're up on the blog to show you how man, Israel's politicians, have damaged our land, sovereignty and security by constructing this farce of a "security wall."
I live in the ancient Jewish city of Shiloh. It has a very rich history. One of the most famous, well-known, is that it was the first Capital of the Jewish Nation for a long period of time, three hundred and sixty nine (369) years. Towards the end of that time, Jewish History was much like today's. There was a crisis in leadership.
It took a very special woman, Chana, to turn things around. She prayed at Shiloh for a son who would lead the Jewish People out of the chaos. Her son, Samuel, galvanized the people and anointed the first two kings, Saul and David.
Due to today's similar situation, I've begun going to Tel Shiloh every month on Rosh Chodesh, the first of the Jewish Month, to pray for our people. This coming month, Shvat, falls on Shabbat, so I'll go Friday morning, the Eve of Rosh Chodesh at 9:30am for women's prayers and psalms.
Women from all over are welcome to join us.
תפילת נשים בתל שילה ערב ראש חודש שבט
יום ו' 9:30 15-1 חודש טוב
כולן מוזמנות, נא להודיע
This Friday 15-1 on the Eve of Rosh Chodesh
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
"It's so warm outside. Is it really the end of December? It must be much colder in Great Neck now."Ya'aqov was taken to Egypt by his children, and l'havdil, to differentiate, I brought my father to Israel. G-d willing, my mother will sell the house quickly and join us. Most of their descendants are here in Israel. That was the magnet that drew him here and made him agree to come with me.Before he left New York, he mentioned to friends and family that he probably wouldn't return. He expects to live the remainder of his life in Israel. Most of his friends and family of his age group have already died, or like him can no longer travel easily and independently to visit each other. So, life in New York is not what it once was. The time had come to make real changes.
"Yes, they even had a snow storm."
"The house was always warm. The end of December? Then it's going to be a new year soon. And then I will be ninety, right?"