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      A Unique Perspective by Batya Medad of Shiloh
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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



      Elul 23, 5768, 9/23/2008

      What Could Be Worse Than Tzipi At The Helm?

      Tzipi Livni is a classic case of Peter's Principle, but Ehud Barak is even worse.

      Never forget the rampant Arab terrorism, which began during Ehud Barak's reign as Prime Minister.

      I've lived in Israel since 1970, and never has there been a worse time, when innocent Israeli citizens were terrified to leave their homes. It took a couple of years after he was quickly, but not quickly enough, booted out of office for things to calm down.

      We need new elections now!

      The only problem is deciding whom to vote for!!!

      Elul 21, 5768, 9/21/2008

      Rosh Hashannah--Getting Closer!

      One week left.  There's so much left to do, invite guests, plan meals...  but that's not the most important.

      We;re really supposed to be preparing our souls, mulling over our deeds, doing תשובה tshuva, repent.  But I have a problem with the word, term, idiom.  What is it לחזור בתשובה lachzor b'tshuva, return to the return?  It doesn't make much sense to me either.

      The word תשובה has another meaning,   Like in שאלה-תשובה question-answer.  Maybe we're supposed to return to the old answers and not think our generation is smarter than the previous ones.  We should never say:

      "That may have been OK for my grandmother, but not for me."

      Our Torah is timeless.

      Shannah Tovah--Gmar Chatima Tovah

      Elul 18, 5768, 9/18/2008

      Isn't Blogging Enough?

      My blogging began over four years ago, when I discovered that there was an easy way to post my writing on the internet. A couple of years before that, I had begun sending out "musings" to various friends via email. They were my reactions to our deteriorating security situation and the rampant Arab terrorism, which was filling our small Shiloh Cemetery with innocent young children.
      If I want my message to get across, I'm going to have to use every road and vehicle.

      Over the years I've gotten used to blogging. It's easy, but, of late, I've begun to realize that not only has technology moved onwards, but many of those looking for real news via the internet find blogs staid and boring. They want quicker more interactive relationships.

      For what feels like a long time, but is probably less than a year, I've declined all "be my friend on--" offers:

      "I can't deal with more passwords, codes, sign-ins. Isn't blogging enough?"

      Last night I attended Tachl!s 2Point Oh! I listened. Maybe I didn't understand everything. Maybe I couldn't relate to some of the mentality, but I did get the message. If I want my message to get across, I'm going to have to use every road and vehicle. So, that means that I'll have to facebook, twitter and whatever comes next. And to communicate with those who f2f, let's meet for a cup of coffee or glass of carrot juice.


      Elul 15, 5768, 9/15/2008

      Lots To Read In The Jewish Blogsphere, JBlogs

      There's a lot more to jblogging than you see on Arutz 7 and other Jewish or Israeli newspapers.  Blogging is the international cyber-Hyde Park, where everyone with internet access has a forum. 

      Besides the obvious crackpots, there are some very serious and intelligent writers.  We get together for "carnivals," which are like floating internet magazines.  Various bloggers take turns "hosting" editions.  The main and most veteran jblog carnival is Havel Havelim.  It's a weekly carnival and I hosted this week's edition.  In it I also blog about the other jblog carnivals and introduce a few dozen, quite a few dozen, blog posts from Jewish Bloggers all over the world.

      Enough with the introduction:

      Click here for Havel Havelim!!

      Elul 12, 5768, 9/12/2008

      My Students Surprised Me

      Teachers, and people in general, take too much for granted.  We presume...

      I remember getting very angry with an 11th grade class which wouldn't write the compositions the books made me expect them to.  Later I discovered that they didn't know how to write proper compositions in Hebrew, so writing them in English would be doubly problematic.
      But the truth is I'm glad that a generation is growing up more connected to Judaism.

      Another thing I took for granted is that they know the months of the year.  Yes, they do, but the calendar they live by is in Hebrew, the Jewish Calendar.

      In Israel, checks are legal tender if the dates are Jewish, rather than goyish.  My students weren't chareidi, who reject many non-Jewish things.  But my students live in a Jewish world, and that may have been frustrating when they had no idea that May comes after March.

      But the truth is I'm glad that a generation is growing up more connected to Judaism.

      Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach-- Have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat