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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 24, 5768, 7/27/2008

      No Need To Reinvent The Wheel


      I don't have time to write as fully and completely as I would wish about this important topic.
      Why does the Left manage to promote their causes so efficiently?

      The Left knows how to plan activities, lobby etc. We, on the Right, are just a bunch of bumbling amateurs.

      I've become so frustrated at how badly we handle things. There are time-proven techniques. Why don't we utilize them? Why don't we teach them to our grassroots organizations?

      The New Israel Fund, the veteran Left-Wing umbrella organization, has Shatil. Shatil supports and trains community activists of various organization. Most are Left-wing and others are non-political.

      I attended some of Shatil's sessions a number a years ago when I was working with a non-political organization.

      I recently offered to help out the Hatikvah Party, but the professors running it totally snubbed me. There's another group I'd like to help. I have to contact them. I certainly don't know everything, but I do know that "we don't have to reinvent the wheel."

      We'd be much better off following "how to succeed" techniques than our consistently unsuccessful guesswork.