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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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      Kislev 6, 5768, 11/16/2007

      Is the 29th of November a Day to Celebrate?


      For many people, November 29, 1947 is an important, wonderful day.  It's the day the United Nations voted its permission for Jewish state.  It's celebrated in the media; the roll call is played and played again.

       I think it should be a day of mourning.  That's not because I'm against a Jewish State.  It's because the Zionist leaders went to the nations of the world for permission.

      The United Nations was only a few months old at the time.

      The Jewish People have a history of thousands of years.

      The United States was less than two hundred years old.

      We Jews had kings before there was a single nation in Europe.

      Today's Judaism is the same religion worshipped thousands of years ago, long before Jesus and Mohammed.

      Every year, as I listen to and read the Megilat (Scroll of) Esther four times on our double Purim, I'm thrilled anew to hear the instructions written all those thousands of years ago on how to commemorate the miracle.  That is how we celebrate Purim today.

      We are descended from Avraham Avinu, Our Forefather Abraham.  Thousands of years ago, Samuel the Prophet, of Shiloh, annointed our first kings, Saul and David.  David established Jerusalem as our Capital City.  His son Solomon built the Holy Temple on Mount Moriah, The Temple Mount.

      We don't need anyone's permission to live here in our Historical Homeland.  We don't need anyone's approval to rebuild our nation.

      In recent decades our greatest military victories, 1948 and 1967, were the ones when we acted alone, without expecting any help, without asking any other country for advice.

      As Dorothy in the "Wizard of Oz" discovered, the power is within.  We have that power.  G-d gave it to us.  We just have to activate it.  Remember that the Hebrew word, "oze" is strength.

      Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!