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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:
Plunging housing prices and soaring oil costs have provoked gloomy talk of a possible recession.
Think about it. If you had made aliyah five years ago, your dollar would have been worth lots more. The Shekel is getting stronger and the dollar weaker.
We've been here almost 38 years, and for the first time ever we're seeing the dollar fall in relation to the shekel. The American economy is the pits! What are you waiting for?
"In the Land of Many Ifs
By PETER S. GOODMAN and VIKAS BAJAJ
Plunging housing prices and soaring oil costs have provoked gloomy talk of a possible recession. Yet the economy has kept growing. How much longer can the expansion carry on?"
Every year you wait, your home and investments are worth less. I've been in the upper class NY suburbs every summer the past few years, and I see more and more unsold homes. Tuition is going up and housing values down.
I see life as easier here, yes, that's taking everything into account. What are you waiting for? Pack up and get on the plane now!
Join us. Here we have a housing shortage, not a glut.
That's my grandson, bli eyin haraa!
Don't you see the resemblance?
ps For those not in the "know," Tzvi Fishman announced that he's taking over the INN News and will pay me, if I changed my picture. No females allowed. You'll have to read the comments to follow this.
Chag Purim Meshulash three days long Sameach!
Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was surprised to learn last Sunday that the Iron Dome defense system, which was approved last year and was supposed to protect Israel's citizens against Qassam rockets, is not capable of alleviating the distress of Sderot inhabitants. "Recent tests found the system to be effective against rockets fired from more than four kilometers away, but not against those fired from closer range," Haaretz noted that same day in its lead story. Because Sderot is less than two kilometers from Beit Hanun, from which the rockets are being fired, Iron Dome will be helpless against them. (complete article here)
Next IAF chief: IDF's entry into Gaza will stop rocket manufacture Nehushtan: IDF must have control on ground; Barak reviewing substitutes for Iron Dome to counter Qassams. (Click title for complete article.)
The government would save a lot of money if they just listened to me. I don't get paid for all my blogging, though I wouldn't mind being paid by some publication. How dumb can all these politicians and "experts" really be? They endanger us with their plans. What really is behind them?
In the meantime, it looks like elections are getting closer, since the media is after Bibi. Honestly, I don't see him as a great improvement. That's because he's out to be "centrist." For me, that's falling between the cracks. By trying to be for everyone, he's selling out. We need a strong leader, not a cat chasing its tail.
A true leader leads, doesn't look for a popular niche in the "middle."
"And Moshe said to Joshua: ‘Choose men for us who are brave, strong in mitzvot, and victorious in war;" Torah reading for Purim morning, Exodus 17:8-17; this year being Purim meshulash, in Jerusalem it is the Maftir reading for Shabbat, the 15th of Adar II.