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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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      Tammuz 21, 5768, 7/24/2008

      Welcome to Zot Shelanu! It's Ours!

      Continuing about the Israeli Political Party I wish would exist, I'm going to give a "first speech." If you're interested in doing more for the cause, please contact me. This is also posted on Shiloh Musings.
      All of Eretz Yisrael is ours, and we must make that clear, not only to the world, but to everyone here in Israel.
      Zionism is live and well. Just don't expect to hear about it from the media.
      Zionism is the action of Jews settling Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel.
      Zionism is when Jews make themselves self-sufficient and sovereign in Eretz Yisrael. 
      Zot Shelanu is for Jews who want a strong, independent state in the Land of Israel. Non-Jewish Israelis who fully support Israel as a Jewish State can certainly back us.
      Zot Shelanu is for all Jews, no matter what your level of religious observance. It's between you and G-d. All of us keep some mitzvot more and others less. The mitzvah which unites us the mitzvah of yishuv Ha'Aretz, settling the HolyLand.
      Eretz Yisrael is for all Jews, whether in the Golan, Negev, Tel Aviv, Kedumim, Nes Tziona, Shiloh, Eilat or Hebron. For each of us there's a different spot in Eretz Yisrael which beckons. Every rock, cave, hill and plain in Eretz Yisrael is calling someone.
      The media is keeping it a secret, but thousands of youth, adults and grandparents are establishing new communities in our Biblical Homeland. The mountain range, gav hahar, is the home of modern chalutzim, Jewish pioneers.
      We, of Zot Shelanu, support them, but not one hundred percent, one thousand percent! Yes, Zot Shelanu!
      All of Eretz Yisrael is ours, and we must make that clear, not only to the world, but to everyone here in Israel. Enjoy and take advantage of the great gift G-d gave us, because
      Zot Shelanu!