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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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      Adar Bet 16, 5768, 3/23/2008

      Seriously! Hurry Your Aliyah--Dollar Dropping!



      Plunging housing prices and soaring oil costs have provoked gloomy talk of a possible recession.
      Think about it.  If you had made aliyah five years ago, your dollar would have been worth lots more.  The Shekel is getting stronger and the dollar weaker.

      We've been here almost 38 years, and for the first time ever we're seeing the dollar fall in relation to the shekel.  The American economy is the pits!  What are you waiting for?

      "In the Land of Many Ifs
      By PETER S. GOODMAN and VIKAS BAJAJ
      Plunging housing prices and soaring oil costs have provoked gloomy talk of a possible recession. Yet the economy has kept growing. How much longer can the expansion carry on?"

      Every year you wait,  your home and investments are worth less.  I've been in the upper class NY suburbs every summer the past few years, and I see more and more unsold homes. Tuition is going up and housing values down.

      I see life as easier here, yes, that's taking everything into account.  What are you waiting for?  Pack up and get on the plane now!

      Join us.  Here we have a housing shortage, not a glut.

      Shavua Tov!