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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 26, 5768, 11/7/2007
There were two funerals here in Shiloh, just a few days apart. Two very different neighbors died.
On Shabbat, Zachariya, the Yemenite carpenter, who perfected his craft building furnishings for the Eidot Mizrach Synagogue here in Shiloh, died unexpectedly.
And two days later, Mr. Katz HaKohen, The Priest, who had come from Germany via Kansas to Shiloh to spend his final days, passed away. G-d was generous to him and gave him a year. He was "zocheh," privileged to celebrate every Jewish Holiday with his many, bli eyin haraa, descendants.
These deaths were a day and three days after Rachella Druk's Yartzeit.
No doubt that G-d has His reasons and needs them urgently to prepare for the Moshiach and the Third Beit HaMikdash, The Holy Temple.
Considering the insane, self-destructive policies of our Israeli politicians, we pray b'emunah shleimah, with complete faith, that G-d will be sending us the Moshiach bimhaira biyamainu, speedily in our days. We know that Shiloh, where the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, rested for 369 years, is the site where we prepared for the Beit HaMikdash, our Holy Temple. And, so too today, it is in Shiloh where we prepare ourselves again.
That must be the reason why these two holy Jews were called by HaKodesh Baruch Hu, The Holy One Blessed Be He, just days apart.
Baruch Dayan HaEmet