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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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      Tishrei 29, 5769, 10/28/2008

      Nobody Is Campaigning For My Vote In Israeli Elections


      I remember a couple of years ago spending all Tisha B'Av  "craving"  the pumpernickel bread we had special-ordered at the Shomer Shabbat bakery in Great Neck, and then finally it was time to eat it.

      I took it out of the bag.  It didn't feel like what I had remembered from all those decades ago.  It didn't have the old smell either.  But what has stayed the same?  Then I finally tasted it.  Yuch!  That's not my beloved pumpernickel!
      The Jewish People! Judaism! The Land of Israel for Jewish settlement and sovereignty!

      Well, I feel that way now that we're finally in the throes of elections here in Israel.  After almost three full years of craving another chance at the polls, I realize that these elections are no better than that pseudo-pumpernickel.

      None of the main candidates/parties are campaigning for my vote.  There aren't even any empty promises.  I can't even pretend that they care about the future of Eretz Yisrael and Am Yisrael, the Land and People of Israel.

      I want something very simple.  All I want to hear is that there is an Israeli political  party which states, plain and simple, that it's for

      • The Jewish People
      • Judaism
      • The Land of Israel for Jewish settlement and sovereignty

      I haven't kept these sentiments a secret.  I'd be willing to work with such a political party.  That's what my "virtual party" ZOT SHELANU is all about.

      Until I hear of an Israeli Political Party which wants my support, I'll keep promoting my ideals on my blogs.  And I'll pray for it, like Chana did in Biblical Times.  This Thursday, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, I'll be at Tel Shiloh, 9:45am, G-d willing.  Chana's prayers for a son, weren't for her personal maternal drive, it was to bring a new leader to help the Jewish People establish a Kingdom.  We need new leadership now!