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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



      Tevet 17, 5769, 1/13/2009

      Like A Bunch Of Quarrelling Kids

      Olmert sure tells a good story.  Too bad, the Americans insist he's lying.  And Tsippi has another version, and the Arabs have a different one.

      “I said, ‘Get me President Bush on the phone,’ ” Mr. Olmert said in a speech in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon, according to The Associated Press. “They said he was in the middle of giving a speech in Philadelphia. I said I didn’t care: ‘I need to talk to him now,’ ” Mr. Olmert continued. “He got off the podium and spoke to me.”

      I guess the pressure of the war is getting to them.  There are too many cracks showing in their happy troika.

      Tevet 17, 5769, 1/13/2009

      So You Want To Help? Plus

      A few things:

      And of course, keep writing to the media, politicians etc telling the truth, contradicting what they're saying.

      And pray!

      • Refuah Shleimah, a total and speedy recovery for all the wounded, soldiers and civilians.
      • Wisdom to our leaders, miliary, political and spiritual!

      Tevet 16, 5769, 1/12/2009

      "Scripting" The News--Is It News Or Fiction?

      The longest running Torah Shiur, Class, in Shiloh is our weekly neighborhood women's class on Shabbat. It has been going on for twenty-seven years, begun a couple of months after our Ramat Shmuel, Upper "L'maala" Shiloh neighborhood was assembled (pre-fabricated cement "homes" were trucked in) and inhabited.
      Some of us have been attending since the first, and others are newer to the neighborhood or just attend on occasion. Today we had a nice - sized crowd.
      One woman showed up with a plate of cakes and explained that due to the Arab terrorists in Gaza shooting missiles at Ashkelon, she had not been able to attend the yartzeit, annual commemoration, of her father's death. He's buried in Ashkelon. Most of her family is there, and she's in constant touch.
      One of her sisters had been called by one of Israel's main TV channels. They wanted to follow her for the day. "A Day In the Life..." At first she agreed, but then she heard the conditions.
      They insisted on dressing her in a protective helmet and bullet-proof vest. They also gave her a script, the questions and answers they told her to learn for the interview.
      She told them that she wouldn't dress any differently than normal, and she'd answer her answers not their script.
      They found someone else. They found someone with a larger ego and less principles.
      Having dealt with the media for the full twenty-seven and a half years we're in Shiloh, this doesn't surprise me. Too many journalists think they're working in the cinema.

      Tevet 13, 5769, 1/9/2009

      Psalms, The Prayer For All

      The Jerusalem Lions and the Jerusalem Kings and all the fans at Kraft Football Stadium, Jerusalem,  say Psalms for Israel's victory and refuah shleimah, the full and speedy recovery of our wounded, soldiers and civilians.

      Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach

      May you have a peaceful and blessed Shabbat

      Tevet 10, 5769, 1/6/2009

      Back At The Ranch..Don't Forget The Elections!

      Don't get me wrong.  It's not that I don't think that we should be attacking the Gazan terrorists, but the government's timing makes me suspicious.  It's just one bloody election gimmick.  I hope that G-d nudges things, like He did in 1967 and gives us a great miracle, even if we don't deserve it.

      I see Olmert, yes, he's still around and having a great time as Prime Minister, doing his campaign thing, visiting the injured, hugging their parents and smiling, like it's a Bar Mitzvah.

      This war has inflated the numbers for Kadima and Labor.  That was expected.  It seems like it's not doing any good to Likud, and the extreme Left is also losing.  Even better, the new Echud Leumi is gaining support.  Patched together at the last moment, it has given a lot of us a party to vote for.  The veteran Mafdal party thought that by changing its name it would attract those who left it or who would never vote for it, but thank G-d the public isn't that dumb.  We want to vote for a political party with a clear message, a clear platform.

      Simply put, we want our MK's to defend Jewish rights in the Land of Israel.  We don't want a "supermarket."  I like the idea that Ketzele and Eldad are working together for the sake of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael.

      Of course this little blog isn't really competition to Olmert, but I'm not giving up.

      I wonder if the election date will be changed, as it was in 1973.