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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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      Av 7, 5768, 8/8/2008

      That Vision Thing


      A leader has vision.

      He/She sees it as a possiblity, no, a surity, insurance for the future.

      That's one of the elements in charisma.  Arik Sharon had it.  Whether right or wrong, he could get people to obey him.  Begin had it, but then he lost it once he gave Egypt the Sinai.  The Left gloated.  They knew, like when Delila convinced Samson to cut his hair, that Menachem Begin would cease to be the Begin we loved.  Samson's hair later grew in, and he used his renewed strength to destroy his enemies, but sadly, Begin just faded away.

      Our Biblical Homeland, liberated during the 1967, Six Days War, is divided in three general areas: The Shomron, Binyamin and Gush Etzion-Hebron.  I live in Shiloh, which is in Binyamin, north of Jerusalem, south of Tapuach and Rechallim.  In Biblical times, Shiloh was our spiritual center, where the Mishkan, Tabernacle, rested for 369 years.  I'm attached to that spirit.

      Recently I've had the wonderful opportunity to see the building energy of my neighbors in the north, the Shomron.  Daniella Weiss visited to tell us of how she's inspiring youth, younger than her own children, to continue to build new communities in Judea and Samaria.  And yesterday, I joined Helen Freedman, of AFSI, on a tour led by David Haivri of Tapuach.

      We visited Rechallim, rich with children, which must make Rachella Druk, HaYa"D, so proud in Olam Haba.  It is located at the site of her murder by Arab terrorists.  Then we looked at Shechem, Kever Yosef, so near but the Israeli government doesn't allow Jews to visit.  We met the head of the Shomron Regional Council who told us of his impressive plans and programs.  And then we went to Avri Ram's farm in the mountains over Itamar.  It's an oasis of Judaism and Zionism.

      Now I pray that we will feast with the Moshiach on Tisha B'Av, instead of fasting.  Baruch Hashem, I feel  leadership from the Shomron.