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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 30, 5769, 10/29/2008

      Dangers of Democracy


      For a few centuries already, the western world has a god, which has led it on all sorts of follies, Democracy.
      How we need a Shmuel HaNavi now!

      Leadership is a popularity contest, and the judges are neither trained nor educated.  They decide according to the most superficial and impulsive reasons.  In the United States, it's pretty easy to predict the winner in a presidential race.  He's usually the taller candidate.  The Kenndy-Nixon results were close, because JFK and Dick were the same height.

      Yes, that means that Obama will probably defeat McCain, no matter what MacCain does.  The Republicans shouldn't blame Palin, which they're all set to do.

      In Israel, it's even more complicated.  That's because we don't elect leaders, we elect lists of candidates.  The winners, all 120 Members of Knesset, then form into a coalition government by way of "deals."  That's how what seems like a Right wing Knesset can turn into a Left wing government, which happened with Menachem Begin and Ariel Sharon.

      In Biblical time it was simpler.  Religious leadership came from the Kohanim, Priestly Tribe, and the first Kings were chosen by G-d and annointed by Shmuel HaNavi, Samuel the Prophet.

      How we need a Shmuel HaNavi now!

      Chana knew that and it is why she prayed in Shiloh for a son, to be that Prophet.  Join us in Shiloh to pray to G-d to bring us the Prophetic guidance we need in the upcoming elections.

      Our next Rosh Chodesh Prayers will be tomorrow, Thursday, the First of Cheshvan, October 30, at 9:45am.  Tel Shiloh is open for visitors everyday.  For more information call 02-994-4019 or email telshilo@gmail.com.  The Tabernacle Gallery and Coffee Shop is also open for snacks and sells local art.  To order meals and get more information, email tabernaclecafe@gmail.com .