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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:
Iyar 9, 5768, 5/14/2008
Ashkelon, a major Israeli city, is being attacked by the same Arab terrorists Olmert, Bush, Blair, Peres, Livni etc, want to reward with a well-endowed "country."
Read this first person account--near miss:
(IsraelNN.com) Arab terrorists in Gaza fired two Grad Katyusha missiles at southern Ashkelon late Wednesday afternoon, and one rocket scored a direct hit on a children's medical clinic inside a shopping center. Parts of the building collapsed, trapping four people for a half-hour. (complete article and picture credit)
Now, honestly, do you think that US President Bush is a real friend of Israel? And do you think that Olmert and crew are doing what they should be for Israel?
Iyar 7, 5768, 5/12/2008
This post has been "festering" in my mind for awhile, but it only came to a head at the recent Yom Zikaron-- Soldiers and Terror Victims Memorial Day. One of the songs used as "background" mentioned "peace."
Forever, it seems, Israel has been striving for peace, willing to do everything for peace. That's the problem.
We should be doing everything plus, not for peace, for VICTORY, victory against our enemies. Only when we defeat our enemies will we know peace, true peace.
All of those praising peace as an ideal, whether Peace Now or the late Menachem Begin have been dangerously wrong and misguided. We are suffering from peace-caused terror.
By not concentrating our energies in defeating those who want to destroy us, we are facilitating their strengthening. Just look at what has been going on, even before the State of Israel was established. All that talk about living with our Arab neighbors in peace, as if we're sharing some fancy apartment house.
The Arabs understand the situation very well, unlike the Jews. For us to have real peace we must understand our enemies and we have to be victorious. Life is no yin/yang coexistence. In real life all people aren't equal; that's anarchy.
Consensus is mediocrity at best. Some people are meant to lead. It's not that they're aggressive; they are more efficient. Think of all the jokes about committees.
Everyone is different; that's how G-d makes us. We all have different talents and roles. Our opportunities should suit that pragmatic reality.
To think that some sort of peaceful compromise can be made with terrorists is totally and dangerously and suicidally unrealistic!
I remember being asked by immigrants of the former USSR why Israel doesn't celebrate Victory Day, what they called the anniversary of the defeat of Nazi Germany. They got it right in that sense. We have to stop being embarrassed about our victories.
I have no doubt, no doubt at all, that the Moshiach (Messiah) was here with us, ready to take us to true peace. But we sinned. I must say "we," because we're all responsible. Jewish prayers are in the plural, "our G-d," never "my G-d."
To get back to such a lofty level will be difficult. We must be proud of our military might, not embarrassed by it.
In 1967 we defeated our enemies in six days, six days like the Six Days of Creation. The True Shabbat was about to begin. Shabbat is considered by chazal, our sages, as a taste of Redemption. But the key was given to our enemies and we will have to fight again until we understand that victory is our goal. G-d willing.
Iyar 2, 5768, 5/7/2008
In some ways it seems like Memorial Day is superfluous. Even those of us lucky enough not to be "in the club" have trouble going a day without remembering at least one of those killed in army action or murdered by Arab terrorists. I thought I was the only one constantly reminded, but my neighbor, Rabbi Dov Berkovits, said something similar at the cemetery this morning.
It would be nice to have a day in which our minds were erased of pain and tragedy. Actually, that's what the Left would want. That's what Peres probably means when he says that we shouldn't be burdened or restricted by history.
Pain is a warning. It says:
When we use pain killers, local anesthetics, it's like stuffing our ears from warnings. We can do serious damage to our bodies.
We have a Memorial Day to remind us that we have enemies who want us destroyed, and they don't care how many of our neighbors, children, siblings, spouses etc they kill. They want us all dead.
We must remember never to give into our fears and never forget that we must survive and strive for a great strong secure country.
We must remember that we don't need anybody's approval.
All we need is G-d, and G-d wants us here. And G-d wants us to fight for our Land and country. That's why we have Memorial Day.
And as the sun sets on Memorial Day we thank G-d, say Hallel and celebrate Yom Ha'Atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day.
Iyar 1, 5768, 5/6/2008
Tonight is Israel's Memorial Day, when we pay our respects to those who sacrificed everything so that we can live. In Shiloh we had an extremely moving ceremony. I'll blog about it at another time. My emotions are too raw right now. Here is something that suits my mood. I wrote the following a few years ago:
Nissan 29, 5768, 5/4/2008
You really do, or you'll go nuts, or worse.
Just now, I turned on the computer, went to the Arutz 7 English homepage and saw these two headlines.
Lt.-Gen. Ashkenazi in Auschwitz: 'We Have Learned Our Lesson'
Defense Minister Barak gives orders to remove three critical checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, allowing terrorists to travel unhindered. (complete article)
I invite you to send me more incongruous examples like the two I just posted, inconsistency, hypocrisy etc.
Thanks and Keep Smiling, Just Don't Grind Your Teeth Too Much