Middle East 4:15 AM 12/10/2013
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The Derech Eretz Show
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:
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.
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.
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