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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:
Nissan 18, 5768, 4/23/2008
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?
Honestly, do you have to be on a historic street in Jerusalem?
Does an modern shopping center mean you're not a pioneer?
Must you shop on an old "main street?"
If you don't have a view like this, does it count as aliyah?
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!
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom!