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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:
According to Chazal, only Yom Kippur may* supplant Shabbat. For years I've been saying that the reason the Shabbat before Passover is called Shabbat HaGadol (The Great Sabbath) is to remind us of this. Shabbat is greater than Passover, certainly greater than Passover cleaning. Even if you love to clean for Pesach, and I admit that I don't, you shouldn't let Passover preparations turn Shabbat into something cheap and trashy.
Creative pre-Pesach cooking can be extra delicious. My daughter reminded me that we can have kitniyot Friday night. Kosher l'Pesach rice can served for Shabbat, postponing "What, potatoes again?" complaints.
Decorate with gorgeous flowers. Make sure the house looks and feels Shabbosdik.
When the Moshiach comes, it will be Shabbat all the time, and we won't have to line our closets!
Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach, May You Have a Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath
* is permitted to (yes, I'm an English Teacher)