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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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Nissan 18, 5768, 4/23/2008

      Is Tel Aviv Good Enough?


      Is Tel Aviv good enough to be counted as doing the mitzvah?


      Are you doing the mitzvah of yishuv haAretz if you can see a view like this?

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      Honestly, do you have to be on a historic street in Jerusalem?

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      Does an modern shopping center mean you're not a pioneer?

      From the Kosher Aroma, the Hadassah Ein Kerem Mall

      Must you shop on an old "main street?"

      T'fillin on Ben Yehuda

      If you don't have a view like this, does it count as aliyah?

      view of Eli from Shiloh

      IMHO, I'm nobody's rabbi, of course, but as small as our HolyLand is, there's plenty of variety for all.  Pick your spot, and live here in good health!

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      Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!