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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:

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      Cheshvan 7, 5768, 10/19/2007

      Come On! Lech, Go! I'm Talking Lecha, To You!


      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.

      No conditions.

      This is the simplest Mitzvah to understand, and today living in Israel is easier than it has ever been.

      We made aliyah in 1970. 

      • In those days you were lucky to get a phone line in under a year. 
      • In those days it was routine to build 4-6 story walk-ups.  Elevators were rare.  There wasn't even one in our multi-storied Kupat Cholim.
      • In those days we made overseas calls with the help of an operator.  When they first instituted "direct dialing" it was revolutionary.
      • In those days not only were clothes dryers rare, but many people still boiled the cloth diapers on the stove.
      • In those days if you had a car, the army drafted it.  If you were lucky, they let you drive it.
      • In those days, Israel didn't have TV, and when it finally entered the TV age, black and white only.
      • In those days almost all stores and businesses closed down for the afternoon "siesta."
      • In those days women's dresses were sold with "optional sleeves."

      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.

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