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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:
Tevet 19, 5768, 12/28/2007
This Shabbat we begin reading the second book of the Bible, שמות, Names, or Exodus, as it's called in English. After reading the list of the names of the Hebrews who went down to Egypt, we read:
Notice that it says "king," not Pharaoh. Then it continues:
I guess I'm influenced by what's happening today, when the Israeli Government treats us--the most loyal in the Land--as enemies and follows the dictates of those who wouldn't care if our country went up in smoke. Olmert Caves in to US: No Construction in Har Homa, Atarot.
Maybe the "king" isn't the newest pharaoh. Maybe he's a Jew, like Joseph, working for the government.
Re-read verse 7. The Jews were very successful, and gave the impression to those who didn't like them that they had taken over the country.
You know, like in the United States. People think that the Jews control everything, and the Jews in high positions try to "out pope the pope."
Back to the Bible, it was the Jewish/Hebrew People who forgot Joseph. They became " עֲבָדִים הָיִינוּ לְפַרְעֹה בְּמִצְרָיִם, 'We were Pharaoh's bondmen in Egypt;" and G-d had to make them suffer more and more until they cried out to Him.
What are you waiting for?
Come home! We need you here! We need you now!
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach!