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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:

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      Cheshvan 25, 5769, 11/23/2008

      Pictures are Worth More Than Words


      I didn't have to write much to explain the pictures I found of signs.

      How Do You Feel About All These?

      And when I read about the discrimination here in Israel against Jews, whether being able to live where we wish or travel where we want, I truly wonder why the international civil rights activists don't rush out here to support us. Why do these sic liberals support the repression of Jewish rights?



      Cheshvan 22, 5769, 11/20/2008

      Could This New Political Party Be IT!?!


      The old National Religious Party, was never my political party.  And when their election slogan was "returning home," it didn't speak to me either.  I was in NCSY, SSSJ and Betar, not Bnai Akiva.

      I think that the same public relations people who told Moetzet YESHA that by adding a few new board members it could convince the public that it wasn't to be blamed for the failure to prevent Disengagement is now  working for MK Zevulen Orlev, NRP.
      Eretz Yisrael L'Am Yisrael!  The Land of Israel for Jews!

      I'm not that dumb.  I didn't fall for the cosmetics, the face lift, nose job, botox and silicon then, and I won't fall for it this time.  Just changing the party's name and allowing a couple of people not officially dati on the list doesn't change things at all.  The same old NRP people are running it

      There are people hoping to make a more unified and heterogenous pro-Jewish and Eretz Yisrael party by combining the NRP and Arieh Eldad and Baruch Merzel.  Now, that would be interesting.  If Chanan Porat and the Bayit Leumi leaders would join, too, it would be great.  I could vote for that.  It would compete with the Likud, and maybe Feiglin would then lobby within the Likud for a coalition with this new party, and then Bibi Netanyahu will realize that the people want a right wing leader and not a center one.

      Eretz Yisrael L'Am Yisrael

      The Land of Israel for Jews!



      Cheshvan 20, 5769, 11/18/2008

      Shiloh, The Genuine Article


      Biblical Tours here in Israel can be very confusing.  Guides love to plague us with doubt about the legitimacy of the names and locations of places.  Today, I went on a tour which included Nebi Samuel, which many people consider to be Shmuel Hanavi's grave and post-Shiloh home town.
      Why don't Jews celebrate the return of Jewish life to our historic HomeLand?

      The guide had me totally confused by the time we left.  Yes, it has a long, Biblical tradition of being a place of prayer, but if it's really where Samuel The Prophet lived and died?  Good question.

      Even now, a few hours later, checking my notes, nothing makes sense.  We also heard the reasons why the traditional Kever Rachel, Rachel's Tomb can't be in Bethlehem.  The location doesn't jive with the north of Jerusalem location of Rachel's death described in the Bible.  In addition many Jewish Bible scholars find it peculiar that the mother of Benjamin and grandmother of Efrayim and Menashe could be buried in Judah's territory.  The "Efrata," "to Efrat," could be referring to Efrayim, even though Efrayim wasn't yet born, and the tribes certainly hadn't been allocated land.  And going back to Samuel, his father Elkana, was known as an Efrati, one from Efrayim.  There is a location between Jerusalem and Shiloh, which the Arabs consider, Kubar Bnai Yisrael, Jewish Grave.

      At least there's no doubt about Shiloh.  There's a continuous tradition that Shiloh is here, and the archeological studies have reiforced and proven it.  That's part of the absurdity about the lack of support and enthusiasm by many Israelis for Jewish life in Shiloh.  I don't understand it.  Our history as a Jewish Nation began here.  Today in Jerusalem, there's a Liberty Bell Garden, named after the Liberty Bell of American Revolution fame.  Why don't Jews, here and all over the world celebrate the return of Jewish life to our historic HomeLand?



      Cheshvan 16, 5769, 11/14/2008

      The Have's and Have not's


      Yes, if you're reading this, you're one of the have's, who have internet access, or even a computer or two or more at your fingertips.

      Sometimes it's hard to remember that computers aren't as univerally common as telephones, or even cellular phones.

      We're part of a connected world, because of the internet.  You, who are reading this, has access to information which others don't have.  They won't find articles like mine in the paper or radio or TV.

      The unofficial international news media, which I and other bloggers belong to, isn't a "closed club."  But for those without internet access, it may as well be.

      I consider my blogging about Israel, the news, the real situation in Israel, YESHA and Shiloh my contribution to the Hasbara, Information efforts.

      So, before I return to my pre-Shabbat tasks in the kitchen and house, I'd just like to ask you a favor.  Please print out articles you think others should see. Pass them around.  Talk about what you've read, so they won't be left out.

      Thank You and Shabbat Shalom 



      Cheshvan 14, 5769, 11/12/2008

      Election Sins


      How many forests were destroyed to get Nir Barkat elected as Jerusalem's Mayor?

      OK, I admit that he isn't the only guilty party.  It's the system, the method.  So much paper is wasted during elections.

      It's not just in Jerusalem, or just in Israel.

      Do people really read all those flyers and posters?  I'm just curious.  What does convince people to vote and for whom to vote?