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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 26, 5768, 9/26/2008

      Kever Rachel--Not So Simple


      For the past few years, ever since Barak's reign of terror, the politicians and security forces have forced us to travel to Kever Rachel in bullet-proof vehicles only.  That is until a few short weeks ago.  Now regular motorized vehicles, not bicycles, are allowed.
      Women's Private Prayers and Psalms at Tel Shiloh will be before Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 7, the 8th of Tishrei, at 9:45

      Yesterday, my Shiloh friends and I took, what we hope will be our last bullet-proof busride to Kever Rachel.  It's not just that we're happy that the place is more accessible, it's also because our bus and lots of other buses was forced to wait, while private cars had easy access.

      Our bus wasn't very full, and in the end we found rides in other vehicles, including an empty bus going in to bring out others. But there was a very full bus from the Shomron, which was forced to wait a long time.

      When we finally got there we saw a couple of hundred people, mostly students, waiting for their buses to take them out.  It wasn't crowded inside, and although the gate was open, it used to be kept locked, the fortress smelled, and it was not pleasant.

      They didn't open the back exit, which would have made it easier to breathe. There are restrictions, according to Jewish Law, about praying in a stinking place.  I don't know when I'll be back there, but the Women's Private Prayers and Psalms at Tel Shiloh will be before Yom Kippur, Tuesday, October 7, the 8th of Tishrei, at 9:45; meet at the Tabernacle Gallery Cafe.  For more information about touring Tel Shiloh, call 02-994-4019.

      Shabbat Shalom U'Mevorach