Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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:
We're not moving. We're not cooperating with our destruction.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Purim Sameach!
It must be extremely difficult for the extended Fogel family to get up from Shiva (7 day mourning) straight into Shabbat and Purim. They'll be dealing with their new reality forever, like radiation that has entered post-earthquake Japan and beyond.
Nobody asks the Japanese if they're leaving their country permanently because of the dangers there, the natural dangers. I was facinated by an article in the New York Times by a Japanese novelist writing his first-person report of the earthquake.
It's definitely a perspective we don't usually hear. It doesn't read like the TV news reports on BBC or CNN. Communities like my Village of Shiloh and Itamar, where the latest Arab terror attack, the barbaric murder of five members of the same family, took place are always asked how we can stay here. Our dangers are man-made. Arab terrorists and Israeli politicians conspire to keep us on our toes. In a few months we'll be celebrating thirty years in Shiloh, and from the earliest days here, we've entertained journalists and answered the same questions. They keep expecting us to be forcibly removed to make room for a new Arab terror state, Pseudostine aka Palestine sic. As we go on living peacefully, mourning our dead, healing our wounds, the world calls us "obstacles of peace."
They want us to cooperate, go like sheeps to slaughter, like the Jews did in Germany and later other countries in Europe when German Nazis ruled. We've learned our lesson.
We're not moving. We're not cooperating with our destruction. Let the baby Yair, of Itamar, and his family bring light to the world.
Soon we celebrate Purim, the holiday that celebrates our power to reverse evil decrees.
Chag Purim Sameach! Have a Joyous Purim!
Sometimes it seems like there's nothing really new. King Solomon was right when he wrote "Nothing's new." The Muslims are trying to take over the world, not just destroy Israel. You can read more of my articles on me-ander and Shiloh Musings.
Yesterday, I held the monthly Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh. Women came from Eli and Shiloh. The weather was pleasant for this outing, though we still need more rain. Take a look at the pictures:
Rosh Chodesh Nissan will be Tuesday, April 4. Please save the date!
I post much more frequently and on a wider variety of topics on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander. For instance, read a mother's perspective on sports, winning and losing.
And here's an observation on human nature:abuse many Afghan women suffer from their husbands and in-laws even in New York City. One line really explained it well:
Honestly, why would anyone think that just by changing one's place of residence, their behavior, cultural norms would change, too?
“I can’t even remember how many times I got black eyes,” said Nadia, 22, who is so fearful that she asked that her last name not be published. “I didn’t know I could call the police.”
She had thought this kind of abuse was a part of the Afghan life she had left behind.
But much more quietly, a culture of domestic violence — not only by husbands but also by husbands’ families — has followed Afghan immigrants to destinations like New York, where women’s advocates say they are now discovering just how widespread the problem is.
I kept thinking of all the misguided policies of western governments, political scientists, philosophers, the media and la la Leftists who insist that by calling a country a "democracy" and instituting a system of elections, human rights abuses and totalitarian policies will just disappear. And even worse, why do they insist that Israel will be "secure" with a Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic State in our Land.
It doesn't matter what pretty words U.S. President Obama, former U.K. Prime Minister Blair, Israeli la la Leftists, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, international diplomats media etc say, because the Arabs don't deny that their aim is the destruction of the State of Israel, G-d forbid!
The two-state solution will lead to Israel's collapse, the Palestinian Ambassador to Lebanon said in an interview earlier this month.
"With the two-state solution, in my opinion, Israel will collapse, because if they get out of Jerusalem, what will become of all the talk about the Promised Land and the Chosen People?"
Abbas Zaki told Lebanon's ANB TV on May 7.
Calling these Arab terrorist leaders and supporters president, generals and parliamentarians won't change them one iota.
Just like the Afghan families in New York who physically and mentally abuse the women who marry in, as they remember as acceptable in Afghanistan, giving the Arab terrorists a state will only make it easier for them to terrorize us and worse, may G-d protect us.
May G-d grant wisdom to our leaders, so they will lead us in the right direction.
G-d willing, it will be beautiful, since the wild flowers have begun to bloom.
I hate these sorts of titles and headlines. The Jerusalem Post's article on the Arab attack on Beersheva made things worse by adding "Following Katyusha fire in Negev..."
Do these things happen all by themselves, like spontaneous combustion? Nu? Who launched these weapons at Israel? I stress the who, because people, not chance, not G-d are guilty of attacking Israel and its civilians.
But as much as I dislike the headline, at least it's big news in the Jerusalem Post. I just checked the New York Times which at this moment, hours after the Arab attack on the main city of Israel's south, there isn't a mention. Surprisingly, BBC has a better title to their article than the Jerusalem Post:
Grad rocket hits Beersheba Gaza terror reaches Negev capital for first time since Operation Cast Lead. Grad rocket explodes in Beersheba house yard...No people seem to be involved in their version of the attack. It reads like one of those science fiction stories in which computers take control. Arutz 7 got it right with:
Grammatically, at least, someone/something is blamed for firing the rockets, though we're not specifically told who or what.
An important headline should never be written in passive, because as news it must indicate an active subject.
A good news title must be clear, and the first sentence should summarize the story giving a Who, What, When and Where. Too many news titles leave out the "Who," because they don't want to connect the Arabs, Gazans, or what they call "Palestinians" with terrorism and violence.
It's not racism to state that Muslim Arabs embrace a culture very different from the "western" one
Again, I'll begin with an invitation to women to celebrate Rosh Chodesh at Tel Shiloh:
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Adar II
Sunday, March 6, 2011 9:30am
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אדר ב' בתל שילה
יום א' 6-3 9:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
I post much more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. You may enjoy my photo-post on Mount Zion, Rabbi Goldstein's Diaspora Yeshiva. There's also my latest sighting and filming of Jerusalem's lightrail in action.
Here's something new, not very PC at all:
It's not racism to state that Muslim Arabs embrace a culture very different from the "western" one. That's a good reason for Israel to stop negotiating "peace" with the Arabs, because the Arab concepts of "peace" and "negotiations" are fatally and inherently different from ours.
The recent rape of journalist Lara Logan is a case in point. Just now, as I was googling for news articles about it, I was disappointed that most were from the non-conventional news sites and blogs, not the large mainstream ones. That means that the big newspapers and news sites have been playing down the attack. I found an article in the New York Post, because it was mentioned some place else. Why has the rape been downplayed? I guess it's just not PC to say that Muslim Arab mobs unapologetically do things considered immoral and unthinkable elsewhere.
I've said many times that I'm a pragmatist. That puts me on the ideological Right. I'm a realist. That reminds me of some very wise words from MK Dr. Arieh Eldad, MD, Ha'Ichud Le'umi, National Union. He has stated that it must be remembered that there are many scientists, those who deal with real logic on the Right. They can't pretend; they must see things as they are.
Yes, as I've been saying, all these riots in Muslim Arab countries endanger world peace, and the fact that United States President Barack Hussein Obama finds these riots encouraging and supports them should frighten the "western world."