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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



      Tammuz 12, 5768, 7/15/2008

      I'm Back!

      Yes, finally.

      And I'm enjoying the silence here after the noise in New York City.

      At JFK, I grabbed two newspapers from the choice offered when boarding my El Al flight back home.  I read through them hungrily, like drinking water after a fast.  I just took a break to say T'filat HaDerech, The Travelers' Prayer, and photograph the sunset.

      As I finished reading I looked at my hands and found them black with newspaper ink, as if tainted by the news.

      And now, almost twelve hours after retuning home, I see nothing to cheer me on the news here.  The egotisitcal politicians aren't looking out for us, for our security and future.

      It makes no more sense than Monty Python.

      Tammuz 7, 5768, 7/10/2008


      yes, Disengaged

      I guess I'm presently typical of your typical non-Israeli.
      That's how I feel here in New York. I rarely get on a computer and don't hear the radio, nor see newspapers, at least not more than once or twice a week at best.
      I gave up trying to find news about Israel on TV.

      Headlines are about Billy Joel's ex-wife the famous model and her very peculiar marriage with her soon to be additional "ex." There's also important news about Madonna and her "admirer."

      So, I don't know at all what is going on. I guess I'm presently typical of your typical non-Israeli. News topic among people here concern the price of gas for the car and whether they're voting for Obama or McCain.

      And yes, there are some great sales. Lord & Taylor have some things 50%off sales price. With the dollar down, bargains. But why is the dollar down? Nobody seems to know. Probably all the outsourcing.

      Next week, G-d willing, I'll be back in the real world, but at present, I'm disengaged.

      Tammuz 3, 5768, 7/6/2008

      That's Why

      I'm writing from New York.  That's why I haven't posted for a while.

      It has always seemed so incomprehensible to me that World Jewry, American Jewry especially
      Israel is not a priority.
      were so quiet and passive and accepting while Nazi Germany kept upgrading increasing the discrimination against Jews which culminated in the systematic murder of six million.

      On numerous occasions I asked my father how much he, a person who always read the newspaper, knew about what was happening. I always had trouble believing it, but he insisted that very little news came out.

      These past few years, I've been in New York every summer. I read newspapers, get to see the news on TV, and I'm in the dark about what's happening in the world. That's should expose me to more news than people knew about all those decades ago.

      When I was growing up, the nascent television had a maximum of 13 channels. Now there are hundreds. We've just spent two Shabbatot in New York Jewish communities, gone to synagogue, listened to the sermons.

      Israel is not a priority.

      That's it. Even though there was a terror attack in which Jews were murdered recently, if there were headlines, they were fleeting. The fact that the terrorists continue to attack Sderot and the Negev is considered boring old news, which doesn't sell papers or bring in advertising revenues.

      There may be a potential of support for Israel and our rights to live in all of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, but we can't expect to activate it since they don't know what's really happening. Hasbara, public relations for Jewish rights needs to go to the people.

      We keep hearing that we are exposed to so much information and news, but I have a feeling that it's not true at all. We must work hard to find a way of letting the world know.

      Sivan 21, 5768, 6/24/2008

      Apartheid Today

      Synonyms of 'apartheid' 2 synonyms - Roget's II: Thesaurus • The policy or practice of political,
      We're living a classic children's fable, The Emperor's New Clothes. We all must shout along with the little boy who wasn't afraid to tell the truth.
      legal, economic, or social discrimination, as against the members of a minority group: segregation, separatism.
      Other definitions specify that it's only apartheid if the group discriminated against are black Africans.

      Definitions of 'apartheid' (ə-pärt́hīt́, -hāt́) - 3 definitions The American Heritage® Dictionary apartheid (n.) An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites. apartheid (n.) A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.

      apartheid - Apartheid is a strict system of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa against black South Africans. "Apartheid" is the Afrikaans word for "apartness." (Afrikaans is the official language of the Boers, or Afrikaners.)

      That makes me wonder. If a different racial, national or religious group is forbidden to live and work in certain places, is it immoral, apartheid or perfectly acceptable, even to the extent that Nobel Peace Prizes are given to its proponents?

      Why is it against American Law to restrict housing only to certain races and religions in Jericho, Long Island, New York, but the same moralists and legislators have no problems restricting Jews from the original Jericho? Actually the Nazis had a term for that, "Juden rein," clean of Jews. That was their goal, to make a Europe "clean of Jews." They failed, but now the new French President unabashedly proposes:

      Ironic. He, with the Jewish blood and soon to be Jewish daughter-in-law, sees nothing wrong with segregating and discriminating against Jews. Yes, I know that Israeli and other Jewish Leftists feel the same, but does that make it right? Not at all.

      We're living a classic children's fable, The Emperor's New Clothes. We all must shout along with the little boy who wasn't afraid to tell the truth.

      Too many people who pride themselves on their "liberalism" and "morality" are as naked as that foolish emperor was.

      Sivan 19, 5768, 6/22/2008

      Olmert--The Higher He Goes, The Harder He'll Fall

      Each time Olmert gets away with something, whether a statement or crime, he feels stronger and more invulnerable to the laws the rest of us have to watch out for. His latest outburst is just causing me to shrug.

      Olmert: Era of mass Aliya is at an end

      Olmert outlines to Jewish Agency Board of Governors his vision of a new Israel-Diaspora relationship.

      We've gone beyond anything normal or expected. They is so much Teflon on him. Nothing has stuck so far.

      But you know about cooking with Teflon, don't you? Once it starts "to go" it can't be fixed or polished. It's not like stainless steel; some bleach and scrubbing will make it look like new. If you put Teflon in a moist closet it will go moldy. Bleach and scrubbing will only make it worse.

      Ol' Teflon Olmert will soon be in the trash.

      Shavua Tov--Have a Great Week!