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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



      Sivan 3, 5771, 6/5/2011

      Faith in Technology. Why Not Just Play Computer Games?

      This is a busy week.  Jews all over the world will be celebrating the Shavuot Holiday, which celebrates G-d's giving us the Holy Torah, the basis of Judaism.

      I blog more frequently, on a wider variety of subjects on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  Please check them out.

      The IDF Puts Its Faith in Technology. Why Not Just Play Computer Games?

      *Here's the report While reading this, please listen to David Bedein's radio show.

      Having Ehud Barak as Defense Minister has me running scared and our enemies cheering.  Shouldn't it be the opposite?

      The freshest emails in my box early this morning were reports of violence against innocent Jews in the Shiloh area.*  No, it wasn't a case of Arab terrorism.  It was the Israel Defense Forces attacking Jewish residents here in the small Jewish communities near Shiloh.  The last report I received tells of injured Jews attacked by our soldiers in the middle of the night.  Sick, yes, I agree.


      Also in my email were notices from IMRA about some of the "defense innovations" Barak has invested our tax money.

      "In the future, robots will replace fighters in the field." (complete article)
      Colonel Nessim Levy says that it will prevent/reduce human casualties.  In the meantime, to reduce casualities, our soldiers are sent to attack civilians who don't want to escalate into a real battle or civil war.  That keeps the soldiers pretty safe.  It reminds me of how King Saul kept trying to kill David, but King David refused to harm him.

      Samuel chapter 24

       ג וַיָּבֹא אֶל-גִּדְרוֹת הַצֹּאן עַל-הַדֶּרֶךְ, וְשָׁם מְעָרָה, וַיָּבֹא שָׁאוּל, לְהָסֵךְ אֶת-רַגְלָיו; וְדָוִד, וַאֲנָשָׁיו, בְּיַרְכְּתֵי הַמְּעָרָה, יֹשְׁבִים. 3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. ד וַיֹּאמְרוּ אַנְשֵׁי דָוִד אֵלָיו, הִנֵּה הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר-אָמַר יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן אֶת-איביך (אֹיִבְךָ) בְּיָדֶךָ, וְעָשִׂיתָ לּוֹ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִטַב בְּעֵינֶיךָ; וַיָּקָם דָּוִד, וַיִּכְרֹת אֶת-כְּנַף-הַמְּעִיל אֲשֶׁר-לְשָׁאוּל--בַּלָּט. 4 And the men of David said unto him: 'Behold the day in which the LORD hath said unto thee: Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thy hand, and thou shalt do to him as it shall seem good unto thee.' Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. ה וַיְהִי, אַחֲרֵי-כֵן, וַיַּךְ לֵב-דָּוִד, אֹתוֹ--עַל אֲשֶׁר כָּרַת, אֶת-כָּנָף אֲשֶׁר לְשָׁאוּל. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. ... ט וַיֹּאמֶר דָּוִד לְשָׁאוּל, לָמָּה תִשְׁמַע אֶת-דִּבְרֵי אָדָם לֵאמֹר: הִנֵּה דָוִד, מְבַקֵּשׁ רָעָתֶךָ. 9 And David said to Saul: 'Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying: Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? י הִנֵּה הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה רָאוּ עֵינֶיךָ, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-נְתָנְךָ יְהוָה הַיּוֹם בְּיָדִי בַּמְּעָרָה, וְאָמַר לַהֲרָגְךָ, וַתָּחָס עָלֶיךָ; וָאֹמַר, לֹא-אֶשְׁלַח יָדִי בַּאדֹנִי--כִּי-מְשִׁיחַ יְהוָה, הוּא. 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to-day into my hand in the cave; and some bade me kill thee; but mine eye spared thee; and I said: I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed. יא וְאָבִי רְאֵה--גַּם רְאֵה אֶת-כְּנַף מְעִילְךָ, בְּיָדִי: כִּי בְּכָרְתִי אֶת-כְּנַף מְעִילְךָ וְלֹא הֲרַגְתִּיךָ, דַּע וּרְאֵה כִּי אֵין בְּיָדִי רָעָה וָפֶשַׁע וְלֹא-חָטָאתִי לָךְ--וְאַתָּה צֹדֶה אֶת-נַפְשִׁי, לְקַחְתָּהּ. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand; for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned against thee, though thou layest wait for my soul to take it. יב יִשְׁפֹּט יְהוָה בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ, וּנְקָמַנִי יְהוָה מִמֶּךָּ; וְיָדִי, לֹא תִהְיֶה-בָּךְ. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee; but my hand shall not be upon thee.

      Israel is investing in weapons against missiles, but our greatest enemy won't be defeated by all these technological inventions and machinery.  Our greatest enemy is the Leftist defeatist "post-Zionist" ideologies raging in Israel and the Jewish world.

      All of our greatest military victories were due to G-d's miracles, not superior strategies nor weapons.  If we would just fight our enemies and settle our G-d-given Land, then we will live in peace.


      עושה שלום במרומיו הוא יעשה שלום עלינו
      Oseh shalom bimromav Hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu
      He makes peace in His heights, He will make peace for us

      Iyar 23, 5771, 5/27/2011

      Biggest Difference Between Presidents Bush and Obama

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
      Rosh Chodesh Sivan
      Friday, June 3, 2011
      Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
      תפילת נשים
      ראש חודש סיון בתל שילה
      יום ו' 3-6 9:30
      יהיה דבר תורה קצר
      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


      I don't understand why Shiloh isn't a more popular pilgrimage spot for prayers. Personally, I don't go for praying at graves and tombs. And I also don't understand why more Israelis, Jews and thinking people all over the world don't understand or accept the fact that there is no way we can have peace with today's Arabs. Nothing we do or give will change that fact. Maybe things will be better in fifty or a hundred years and maybe not. But the real message is that we ought to stop the talking and begging and apologizing for breathing!

      I blog more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  You're invited to read those blogs, too.

      The Biggest Difference Between the U.S. Presidents Bush and Obama

      I really don't see any big policy, ideological difference between Republican Bush and Democrat Obama when it comes to Israel and our keeping (or rights to) the Land we liberated in the 1967 Six Days War.
      • Neither recognize our rights to be in the Jewish neighborhoods like Ramot, Ramat Eshkol, Gilo etc. 
      • Neither supports Israel's annexing Judea, Samaria etc.

      So why didn't bush get the condemnation that Obama keeps getting?

      It's simple.  Obama's speech writers, the people he pays to right his speeches about Israel and to Jewish audiences aren't as good as the ones that Bush used.  Remember that being a good actor, reading a pre-written speech with sincerity and pathos is a requirement for the American Presidency.

      It's pretty well known that Eli Wiesel was involved in the writing of Bush's best "Israel speeches," and nobody is more eloquent on the subject.  Obama's speech writers just don't know how to make him seem like he truly cares about Israel's survival.

      Iyar 18, 5771, 5/22/2011

      Obama's Speech Isn't The Problem

      The Jewish World is making headway on Sefira, our annual countdown from Passover to Shavuot, the Holiday celebrating G-d gift to us of the Holy Torah.  We're now 34 out of 49, barely two weeks to go.  You can read more of my rather "out of the box" perspective on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      Just to remind you that Rosh Chodesh, the First of the Jewish Month of Adar is coming real soon:

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh

      Rosh Chodesh Sivan Friday,

      June 3, 2011 9:30am Dvar Torah

       Short Torah Lesson

      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

       תפילת נשים

      ראש חודש סיון בתל שילה

       יום ו' 3-6 9:30

      יהיה דבר תורה קצר

       נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

      Obama's Speech Isn't The Problem

      As I've written before, many times, ad nauseum, Israel's problems are caused much closer to home than the White House.
      As usual, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spouted some pretty words, good phrases:
      "A peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality.”
      But his fine print is the pits.  If he would just take his message all the way, to where it should go, I'd be happy and the country would be safe.  All these appease faux peace sic conferences/negotiations and "two state" delusions are the problems, and Bibi doesn't reject them.
      "While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines - because these lines are indefensible."  (Israeli MFA) emphasis mine
      Any "compromises" with unrepentant terrorists is insanely suicidal.  Look at a map:

      The dangers in giving our Land to the Arabs should be clear to all Israelis and any Jews who bother to take a good look at reality.  The only reason Israel is under pressure is because our leaders politicians don't have the guts and moral strength to tell the world to cut it out, leave us alone etc.  The weakness and blindness to simple reality which dominates the media, politics and the so-called intellectuals here is Israel is the real problem, which causes the situation we're facing.

      And now for Glenn Beck to explain the mess Obama is making from an American perspective.  Obama is America's problem.


      Iyar 7, 5771, 5/11/2011

      Is Money the Key to Promoting Aliyah?

      We had a wonderful Israeli Indpendence Day with family and friends who are as close or closer than family, just the way it should be.  You can read more about my life and thoughts on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.


      Is Money the Key to Promoting Aliyah?

      We made aliyah as a young couple, very idealistic and probably stupid to boot.  Not stupid because we made aliyah, but stupid because we never learned the system so that we'd have a financially comfortable retirement.  Many "anglos," English speaking immigrants to Israel have the problem.  Other "lantzmen" groups don't.

      I don't think we'd be as comfortable financially if we had stayed in the states.  We probably wouldn't have had five kids either.  We'd never have had been able to afford the tuition in the Jewish schools, nor health care.  I don't know if we would have had been home owners either.  Here in Israel we've always owned our own home.  We never paid rent.

      Israel is the only place we've been as adults, not counting two years on shlichut in London 35 years ago.  I developed all of my cooking and baking skills in Israel.

      I'm always fascinated by all the programs to attract "western immigrants" to Israel, like Nefesh b'Nefesh.  It all sounds so cold and rational, so businesslike.

      There's a magic about living in Israel, things that can't be computed.

      I've never regretted a day that we made our home in Israel just weeks after our wedding.  We came by boat, not by plane.  No matter how you come, there are things you get by living in Israel that aren't in "this world."

      Just come!

      Nissan 29, 5771, 5/3/2011

      Why Credit Obama With Bin Ladin's Execution?

      It has been quite a week for people around the world to celebrate, between the royal wedding and Osama bin Ladin's execution. As you probably know, I always have something to say about a wide variety of topics on my other blogs, me-ander and Shiloh Musings. You're invited to check them out.

      And now for the main attraction:

      Why Credit Obama With Bin Ladin's Execution?

      Let's start with one of those "nobody's perfect" public typos in which the Osama became Obama:

      As you know, I really don't think that the "execution" of Osama bin Laden will make the world any safer. The Teflon terrorists are being praised and protected by most of the world, including the United States and its President Barack Hussein Obama. There are those mirrored sayings:

      "Any friend of yours is a friend of mine." "Your enemy is my enemy."
      That's good advice.  So the world, including the United States which is now so happily taking bows for killing Bin Laden, ought to pay attention to the unpleasant fact that their pet terrorists, the Pseudostinians aka Palestinians sic are demonstrating (rioting) in protest of the American action.
      Among six predominantly Muslim countries recently surveyed, Muslims in the Palestinian territories voiced the most support for the assassinated al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, a poll released on Monday showed. (complete article)

      And about all that praise of U.S. President Obama, as if he was the chief planning officer of that commando unit that killed Bin Ladin...  The American military had been working on it for ten years, long before Obama even ran for the United States Presidency.  He had nothing to do with the planning and even less to do with the execution.  He was just lucky to be the U.S. President on the right day.  It doesn't make him a better president.  It doesn't prove his military expertise.

      The world as we know it is still in danger of Arab terrorism, and the world's movers and shakers refuse to recognize the source of the danger.  Instead they keep funding it.  Throwing Israel to the sharks will only make those terrorists hungrier, not pacify it.