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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 18, 5768, 11/28/2007

      Fiddling While Rome Burns?


      My neighbors and I in Mateh Binyamin, the Benjamin Regional Council, north of Jerusalem, have been busy with both regional and local elections.  Yes, at the same time as Olmert has been conspiring in Annapolis to destroy us we've been campaigning and voting for our town councilmen/women, mayors, governor and "parliament" representatives.

      Have we been fiddling, while we should be raising the roof in protests?

      The regional elections were rather heated.  Adi Mintz, of Moetzet YESHA, who had been quoted that "under certain conditions he'd give the Arabs 40%, was defeated by Avi Ro'eh S'gan Assistant Head of the Regional Council.

      photo by Yona Zoref, Shiloh

      For many, Adi Mintz's Moetzet YESHA connection was the deciding factor in a difficult election.

      photo by Yona Zoref, Shiloh

      Judaism is the only religion which combines Kodesh and Chol, the Holy and the Profane.  That's why we must do both, continue with our local issues and protest against the government. 

      We must fight, as loyal dissidents, all the evil the Israeli Government is involved with, and at the same time, we must develop and expand the Jewish Communities in all of the Land of Israel, for the sake of our children, our future!

      Photo I took at the elections here; two ballots are in his hand, since we allow power of attorney for spouse.