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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:
Cheshvan 7, 5768, 10/19/2007
HaKodesh Baruch Hu (G-d) makes it very clear in the Torah, that's m'dirayta, (right?) that we're supposed to leave everything and go to That Place, He will show us.
No ifs ands buts or maybes.
This is the simplest Mitzvah to understand, and today living in Israel is easier than it has ever been.
We made aliyah in 1970.
Actually, I didn't plan on blogging a nostalgia post. The message I want to get across is that it's very clear that G-d meant this mitzvah, yishuv Ha'Aretz, for all of us. Things will only get better with more and more Jews living their lives here in the HolyLand. Things will only get better with more and more good Jews in the IDF.
And most important, I don't think that rabbis, regardless of their "label," abroad have the moral and halachik (concerning Jewish Law) right or authority to make a decision for others about aliyah. To me, it's no different from asking someone who eats traif to posken on Kashrut.
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!