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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:
Tishrei 10, 5769, 10/9/2008
We've just finished a very intense 40 day period of introspection, reflection, t'shuva, repentance. The last ten days of it included a two-day Holiday, with extra-long prayers, and it culminated with a twenty-five hour fast, Sabbath restrictions and even more prayers. Those prayers even listed a great variety of our possible sins, just in case we had blanked them from our minds.
Now, what is next?
Is it back to our everyday business, or will there be some improvement? Many people start building their succot immediately after Yom Kippur, to make sure that the first thing on their "cleaned slate" will be a mitzvah.
Gmar Chatima Tova, Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
ps Thanks to my neighbor HL for poiniting out typos.