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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
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:
The general Israeli public is so far removed from our history and heritage. In terms of demographics, these are the kids who will be the majority very soon.
The Moskowitz Zionism ceremony was at Ir David, David's City. It's an amazing place, and I must go there "as a tourist."
One of the Prize Winners was Ronit Shuker. She and her first husband, the late Yossi Shuker, were the main leaders in establishing Shvut Rachel, Givat Achiya and Meshek Achiya Olive Oil. I don't know the other prize winners, but I must say that Ronit is even greater than all the praises heaped on her by the Moskowitz Prize committee. I pray that she and her family enjoy good health and many blessings. The audience was full of her neighbors from Shvut Rachel and Givat Achiya. It was very thrilling. I've known her since she married Yossi. They were my older children's youth leaders. After my daughter's engagement, one of the first things she did was to bring her chattan (fiance`) to Yossi, who was then hospitalized.
On our way home, we went with friends to their son's apartment in one of the Jewish buildings near Har HaZaitim, The Mount of Olives. The view of Jerusalem was surrealistic.Yes, a very thrilling and wonderful way to celebrate Jerusalem Day!
A Bone Seal Engraved with the Name Shaul, from the Time of the First Temple, was Found in the IAA Excavations in the Walls Around Jerusalem National Park, in the City of David. (complete article)King Saul wasn't the only person with that name, so we can't say that the artifact was his.
It's human nature to put things off. Thank G-d, we're not in charge of things. G-d created us a world with a clock, always ticking. It never needs winding up or new batteries. It began before man was created. We just hop on for our מאה עשרים me'ah esrim, one-hundred and twenty years. Do we just want to fiddle?
I'm glad that my husband and I made aliyah young, just weeks after our wedding. It would only have gotten harder if we had delayed it. You may rightly complain that I toot my horn a bit too much.
And if you're already in Israel, maybe you're looking for something special?
Next Sunday, May 24, is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, and we'll be having our monthly Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh. G-d willing, we'll be there at 9:30am.
You can visit Tel Shiloh other times. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org
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