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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:
Adar 21, 5768, 2/27/2008
on the Bimah? No, nobody decided that the Bimah would make a good homeplate, with the Ezrat Nashim (Ladies' Balcony) as the outfield.
Seriously, the standard Torah Reading as done today is like "pinch hitting." One person says the blessings, and another reads the Torah.
Think about it. Even the Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) is done like pinch hitting. According to Jewish Law, the father is supposed to circumcise his eight day old son, but since mistakes can't be corrected so easily, most fathers would rather give the
The latest pinch hitting is for PRAYER FOR THE WELFARE OF THE STATE OF ISRAEL. Post-Disengagement and Amona, many people not only aren't willing to stand for it, but they won't say it, even if they are leading the prayers.
I don't know what happens in other synagogues, but here, in our local one, the gabbaim "take the bat" at times.
As horrified and repulsed as most of us are at what the Israeli Government is doing to its citizens, I still think that the prayer is important. Read the words:
PRAYER FOR THE WELFARE OF
O G-d, strengthen the defenders of our Holy Land; grant them salvation and crown them with
Remember our brethren, the whole house of Israel, in all the lands of their dispersion. Speedily
Unite our heart to love and revere Thy Name, and to observe all the precepts of Thy Torah.
It doesn't blindly worship the State. It's a prayer to G-d, praising G-d, asking for G-d's help. We need G-d's help. I suggest that we stand up, say the prayer and beg G-d to save us from the politicians.