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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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      Elul 21, 5768, 9/21/2008

      Rosh Hashannah--Getting Closer!


      One week left.  There's so much left to do, invite guests, plan meals...  but that's not the most important.

      We;re really supposed to be preparing our souls, mulling over our deeds, doing תשובה tshuva, repent.  But I have a problem with the word, term, idiom.  What is it לחזור בתשובה lachzor b'tshuva, return to the return?  It doesn't make much sense to me either.

      The word תשובה has another meaning,   Like in שאלה-תשובה question-answer.  Maybe we're supposed to return to the old answers and not think our generation is smarter than the previous ones.  We should never say:

      "That may have been OK for my grandmother, but not for me."

      Our Torah is timeless.

      Shannah Tovah--Gmar Chatima Tovah