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:
Tammuz 3, 5768, 7/6/2008
I'm writing from New York. That's why I haven't posted for a while.
It has always seemed so incomprehensible to me that World Jewry, American Jewry especially
On numerous occasions I asked my father how much he, a person who always read the newspaper, knew about what was happening. I always had trouble believing it, but he insisted that very little news came out.
These past few years, I've been in New York every summer. I read newspapers, get to see the news on TV, and I'm in the dark about what's happening in the world. That's should expose me to more news than people knew about all those decades ago.
When I was growing up, the nascent television had a maximum of 13 channels. Now there are hundreds. We've just spent two Shabbatot in New York Jewish communities, gone to synagogue, listened to the sermons.
Israel is not a priority.
That's it. Even though there was a terror attack in which Jews were murdered recently, if there were headlines, they were fleeting. The fact that the terrorists continue to attack Sderot and the Negev is considered boring old news, which doesn't sell papers or bring in advertising revenues.
There may be a potential of support for Israel and our rights to live in all of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, but we can't expect to activate it since they don't know what's really happening. Hasbara, public relations for Jewish rights needs to go to the people.
We keep hearing that we are exposed to so much information and news, but I have a feeling that it's not true at all. We must work hard to find a way of letting the world know.