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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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Av 6, 5769, 7/27/2009

      I'm Not Going To Be At That Demonstration

      I've been asked by a number of people if I'll be at that demonstration against United States
      Our security is up to us!
      interference in Israeli affairs. No, I won't be there.
      It's not that I'm in favor of America butting in, giving us orders. G-d forbid. Simply, I don't put the blame on America.

      Israel just has to say:


      "Mind your own business!" "

      We're an independent country and don't need your string-tied help!"

      Tell the American envoys, ministers, ambassadors etc that we don't have time to talk.

      I'm willing to demonstrate by the Israeli Prime Minister's Residence and remind him that he was empowered (there's no direct election for PM) by the Israeli citizens to be Israel's Prime Minister, not Obama's "poodle."

      Especially having been raised and educated in the United States, I have no doubt, no doubt at all that America would cut out the pressure if we sent them packing. The American government has enough trouble with a sinking economy, health care issues and Iraq. They wouldn't fight us if they saw they would lose.

      Our security is up to us! When we do the right thing, G-d will give us more strength. If we act weak and tired, it will be a self-fulfilling prophesy.

      Av 2, 5769, 7/23/2009

      A Legend Visits Shiloh

      I post daily on Shiloh Musings, you're invited to read more of my articles there.  I also blog on me-ander, where the atmosphere is different.  Thank you

      For those of us who consider watching the final round of the International Jewish Youth Bible Contest a highlight of Yom Ha'Atzma'ut, Israel's Independence Day, the year a blind boy from Netivot won was certainly one of the most thrilling. But I don't remember anyone mentioning that without his twin hearing aids, he couldn't hear a thing, because he's deaf, too.

      Last night, Avichai Shelli came to Shiloh and told his story.

      It's an amazing story of perseverance and faith. Avichai was born perfectly healthy with all his faculties and senses. He lost his hearing from an illness and the medication prescribed to save his life, and he became blind as the result of six unrelated accidents.
      Avichai held the attention of the youth and adults in the audience as he told of his attempts to win the Bible contest, starting in his first year of high school. Each year he progressed but just missed getting into the next stage. He told his story with wry humor. Even though we all knew that he'd win in the end, there was still suspense considering all the obstacles in his way.
      His parents raised him to be strong and not consider himself handicapped. They fought the system, refusing to allow him to be shunted into any Special Education facility. When the Ministry of Education "experts" refused him transportation to the regular school as sanctions against his parents' refusal to enroll him in special ed, the parents took him to school themselves and made sure he got the help he needed. Eventually, the school system gave in when they saw that he was getting good grades.
      And when Avichai decided that "three strikes were out," and he wasn't going to try to win the Bible Contest a fourth time, his parents then egged him on until he was willing to try just one more time. Yes, the rest is history.
      Avichai also took on the army and got his way serving three years in Modi'in, Information. Then he decided to be a stock broker and passed those tests, too. Now he's studying law and refuses to tell what his next goal is. I guess it's either being a judge or a politician.
      Good Luck! No doubt he'll succeed.

      Tammuz 28, 5769, 7/20/2009

      That Doctored or Miss-identified Picture of Ofra

      This coming Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Av. G-d willing, there will be women's prayers, (individual, not faux male) prayers at Tel Shiloh, 9:30 am.  Women are invited to join us.

      I blog daily on Shiloh Musings. This post also appears there. There are a lot of comments. You may be interested in reading and joining the discussion.

      "The settlement of Ofra with the outskirts of Ramallah in the background.
      Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski"  From the Jerusalem Post

      I've written about this picture before. My daughter lives in Ofra, and we pass Ofra when traveling to Jerusalem. I can't see how this is an accurate picture.

      The Jerusalem Post has used it to illustrate many articles, including one on the site right now. First of all, Ofra is not next to Ramalla, not even close.

      There are two other yishuvim much closer to Ramalla. One is Beit El, north of Ramalla, which I know well. It can't be Beit El. Psagot is next to Ramalla, just east of it. I'm not familiar enough with Psagot to identify it.

      Whatever, that archives picture the Jerusalem Post keeps using is false, and I've blogged about it before and sent it around, and I can't understand why they haven't been used.

      Tammuz 25, 5769, 7/17/2009

      Forget The Iron Dome! Stop The Attacks!!!

      A couple of reminders: I generally blog daily on Shiloh Musings and Me-ander.  Second, please don't forget that this coming Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Av.  G-d willing, there will be women's prayers, (individual, not faux male) prayers at Tel Shiloh, 9:30 am.
      We won't have peace and quiet until we stop looking to the world for support!

      All this "Iron Dome" stuff is just typical of the pathetic, misguided ghetto mentality which dominates Israeli and Jewish socio-political-philosophy. An "Iron Dome" isn't the solution to the Arab attacks on southern Israel.

      We have to destroy all the rocket launchers and their production sites. Otherwise their technology will continue to improve, and more and more of Israel will be vulnerable to attack by the Arab terrorists on our borders.

      We must cease all support for increased Arab sovereignty (two state solution.) If things are bad now, they will only get worse if there's a sic "Palestinian" State.

      The Pseudistinians are a modern invention to destroy Israel. There never was such a people. They have no history. They were invented to counter the Balfour Declaration, which gave modern international diplomatic "rights" for a Jewish Homeland.

      Actually, we never needed anyone's approval. The Jewish People and Nation long precede Great Britain.

      We won't have peace and quiet until we stop looking to the world for support!

      Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach
      May You Have A Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat

      Tammuz 21, 5769, 7/13/2009

      Save The Date, Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers, Tel Shiloh

      Wednesday, July 22, is the first of the month of Av. It's the middle of the three week period we
      Wed., July 22, 9:30am
      mourn the destruction of our Holy Temple in Jerusalem.

      Before we had a Beit HaMikdash, we had the Mishkan, the Tabernacle. The Tabernacle stood in Shiloh for 369 years. Shiloh was the first capital of the Jewish nation, before the kings ruled.

      Think about how long a period of time it was and how primitive communication. But during all those centuries contact was kept between the Jewish Tribes. We worshiped the same G-d the same way. Our children were taught the same history.

      Thirty-one and a half years ago, the Jewish People returned to Shiloh and established a town. We have hundreds of Jewish families, a yeshiva, a large elementary school, stores, a library and more.

      And every Rosh Chodesh women come to Shiloh to pray. Please join us on Wed., July 22, 9:30am.

      Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. For more information email telshilo@gmail.com