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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 11, 5768, 9/11/2008

      For 50G's

      Hat tip, Jewlicious

      Many American towns and cities are named for Biblical places. In those places, there are no laws preventing Jews from living and thriving. Not far from my parents is a Jericho, where unlike in the real article, there is a Jewish community.
      Going to Alabama is like settling for rhinestones instead of diamonds.

      As you know, I live in Shiloh, BibleLand, which bothers the American government. The American State Department doesn't want Jews living in our Holy City. I'm not interested in living in any of the imitation Shiloh's, like in California, Alabama, Florida, Georgia or more.

      In Alabama, there's a small city named Dothan, which has a Jewish community that is trying to beef itself up by offering a $50,000 package for Jews to settle there. The original Dothan/Dotan is a Biblical site. It's where Joseph's brothers sold him.

      Now, I think that Jews should live in Israel, the HolyLand, Bible Land, and I find it very ironic that davka, Dotan is offering money. If you're interested in Dotan, why settle for the imitation? There's a Jewish community in the Shomron, Mevo Dotan.

      Going to Alabama is like settling for rhinestones instead of diamonds.

      Elul 9, 5768, 9/9/2008

      Still Stuck With Olmert

      Those over-ambitious Kadima MK's are straining at the bit hoping that Olmert will give them a chance to rule before the next elections decimate their numbers.
      Last night I had the unpleasant experience of hearing Meir Shitrit on Israeli TV bragging about how much harder he'd work to find some deal the Arabs would go for in a "quest for peace."
      What can I say? Like money can't buy you love, land can't buy us peace. He's no innocent fool on the hill for sure. Luckily, the Kadima cronies don't like Shitrit much either.
      Tsippi Livni is poised to take over, but the legal experts say that Olmert may stay prime minister even if indicted. He's a skilled legalistic acrobat, a Harry Houdini of the legal system, and it looks like we're stuck with him for awhile.
      Putting Olmert away for good won't be easy, so don't set the table for the party yet.

      Elul 5, 5768, 9/5/2008

      Shemitta in Action

      In the 38 years we're here, I've considered the Shemitta years the worst, not to be sacrilegious, of course. But they have caused stress bein adam l'chavero, between man and his fellow man.

      "I won't eat at your house, because..."

      "And I won't eat at your house either!"

      This year, signs of the Moshiach!, people have been more laid back about the different rabbinic opinions, Baruch Hashem.

      The other evening there was a knock on the door. I saw one of the younger neighbors, whom I didn't really know. He asked me if he could pick some of our grapes.

      "Of course you can. It's Shemitta year and everything is hefker, ownerless. Take as much as you need. Let me give you a bag."

      Finally, something good about Shemitta.

      Elul 3, 5768, 9/3/2008

      How Will We Be Judged?

      We're now in the Jewish Month of Ellul, the time for reflections, as it precedes Rosh Hashannah, the Jewish New Year.  We are to search our heart and find whatever sins we may have done, between ourselves and G-d and ourselves and our fellow man.  All sins, whether intended or totally accidental.
      May G-d give us the strength and good judgment.

      Jewish prayers are written in the plural, "our," "we."  Yes, we're all in this together.

      When I look at the news headlines, I feel sick; I worry.  They don't look good.  If this little HolyLand boat sinks, G-d forbid, it bodes bad news for all.  Nobody is immune.

      We all must take the initiative, the responsibility to correct things. That doesn't mean telling others what to do.  We must all "do."

      Otherwise, history will judge us as harshly as G-d will.

      May G-d give us the strength and good judgment needed.

      Av 28, 5768, 8/29/2008

      Start The Month Of Ellul Right

      Our Rosh Chodesh Prayers
      To G-d
      At Tel Shiloh
      Sunday, August 31, 9:45am
      Shiloh, where Chana
      prayed for a son
      Samuel who would
      take the Jewish People
      to its next stage
      to be a Kingdom

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