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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:
In an address to the General Assembly earlier in the day, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel heatedly denounced President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran for frequently rejecting the Holocaust as a historical fact.Mr. Netanyahu also spent considerable time denying that Israel had committed war crimes during its three-week military attack on Gaza last winter, as it was recently accused of doing in a report by a fact-finding mission from the Human Rights Council.The problem is that Netanyahu gave facts but came to the wrong conclusions. Bibi should have tied all of these things up with a different conclusion.
Netanyahu blasted the international community for encouraging Israel to leave Gaza, and then condemning Israel in the Goldstone Report when it responded to the rocket attacks that resulted: “This biased and unjust report is a clear-cut test for all governments. Will you stand with Israel or will you stand with the terrorists? We must know the answer to that question now, and not later. Because if Israel is again asked to take more risks for peace, we must know today that you will stand with us tomorrow. Only if we have the confidence that we can defend ourselves can we take further risks for peace.”Prime Minister Netanyahu should have stated that Israel is no longer going to "take risks for peace." We have been doing it for decades and it has only brought us war, terrorism and condemnation. The world hasn't changed since Hitler's Nazi Germany began their systematic discrimination against Jews, which gradually built up to mass murder, the Holocaust. During that time, no foreign country condemned the Nazis nor defended the Jews of Germany and later of Europe. United States President Franklyn D. Roosevelt even sent back German Jews fleeing the Nazis.
"Anarchists like you" are a problem for law enforcement and the peace process, MK Yuli Tamir (Labor) reprimanded settler Udi Ragones as she stood Wednesday in the doorway of his small one-story home in the Nativ Ha'avot outpost in Gush Etzion.
"We're not settlers, like them."In a smaller scale, this is no different than Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's mistaken policies. By trying to diplomatically compromise, our projected legitimacy is weakened. You
Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, according to his aid, media adviser Nir Hefetz, won't bend on the "settlement issue." Read carefully, Hefetz is his "media adviser," that means public relations, image etc. I wouldn't read much policy in that.
Bibi has already come out with lots of mixed messages about our rights to live freely in the Land of Israel. He's a PR expert, a master with words and images. The big problem is that the State of Israel isn't some toiletries or shoes to be marketed. It's a life and death issue.
Our enemies, like Jimmy Carter, are uncompromising in their demands that we have no rights to live and build Jewish life, homes, communities in Judea and Samaria. We in Israel and Jews all over the world must recognize the fact that the world doesn't care what happens to us. They didn't care seventy years ago when the Nazis persecuted and murdered Jews, and they don't care now. The war against the Nazis had nothing whatsoever to do with helping Jews. It was to stem German aggression. Germany's aim was to take over the world starting in Europe. That's what World War Two was all about. A historian like Netanyahu should know that.
There's nothing for Bibi to discuss with Obama. He should stay home and build our country! That's the best defense!
I grew up in a Jewish home of minimal Jewish traditions. I discovered Torah Judaism when Modern Orthodoxy was beginning to shake off the "new immigrant" mentality where the priority was to fit into American society. That was about forty-five years ago, and since then Jewish learning and delving into the Halachik (Jewish Law) literature has grown amazingly.Just take the Rosh Hashannah meal for example. Honey with apple and challah were all that many Jews had to signify that "Yihi ratzon..." It should be G-d's will that we have a sweet year. Many families also had some sort of animal head on the table... "...to be a head not a tail."
Those two sufficed even in the religious homes a generation or two ago. But now, like the "bragging" about how late one was up expounding Torah and "yitziat Mitzrayim," the Exodus from Egypt, at the the Passover Seder, now on Rosh Hashannah there's competition "l'shaim Shamayim," of course in the Name of G-d, for the number of foods and blessings, in many case no more than Hebrew puns, to bless the new year.
Another Jewish Holiday which has seen a boom, unexpected increase in the observance of a once minor aspect, is Shavuot. Outside of Israel, Shavuot was a pretty-much unknown, ignored and forgotten holiday, except by those who were seriously religious. So, unlike wine and matzah on Passover and honey on Rosh Hashannah there certainly weren't many Jews studying Torah all Shavuot night.
In recent years, the study of Jewish texts on Shavuot night can be found all over the world and not only in strictly Orthodox frameworks. In Israel, there's an amazing variety of learning, lectures and discussion groups throught the night open to Jews of all observance, all stripes and styles. Many Jews who don't fit the mold, don't wear the uniform are taking their Judaism very seriously. Thank G-d.
No doubt Moshiach Ben David is on His Way!