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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 29, 5768, 9/29/2008

      If Only It Was A Joke


      Sometimes I wish I was a comedy writer. Our news would make good stand-up, if only it was just a joke.  Who predicted, way back when Olmert was an up and coming politician, that he would end up being to the Left of Abie Nathan and Uri Avneri?  I remember telling people that he'd be Prime Minister, but then I thought it would be good for the country. I admit that I hadn't a clue that he'd favor its destruction, by giving our precious Land to the terrorists.
      I'm not going to ask G-d to give me strength, because I truly believe that the strength is in us

      It's now the Eve of Rosh Hashannah, a two day holiday of joy and introspection.  The sounds of the shofar are supposed to vibrate in the deepest of our souls and ready us for the New Year.

      I'm not going to ask G-d to give me strength, because I truly believe that the strength is in us, and it is up to us to uncover it and utilize it.

      Yes, the situation is difficult, but if we work together, we can solve it.  Yes we can fix it.  And just like our prayers are in the plural, "we," so is the solution to the dangers which face us.

      Let us start the new year united to follow G-d, like it was written in last week's Torah Portion:

      Choose life!