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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:
Kislev 2, 5769, 11/29/2008
By now, we all know that Jews were murdered in in India, in Mumbai last week. Rabbi Gavriel and Rivka Holtzberg, and kashrus inspector Aryeh Leibish Teitelbaum and some not yet identified, Hashem Yinkom Damam.
Yes, in laid back peaceful India, the place Israelis and others go to escape the pressures of the real world. Well, the real world is in India, too.
Since Thursday we had been praying for those Jewish hostages, and all others in danger, in the Chabad Nariman House in Mumbai. Friday morning, Rosh Chodesh Kislev, we prayed for them at Tel Shiloh. In my house, my husband and I had internet news coming out of India reporting anarchy, battles, attempts at rescue. It was hard to cook and concentrate on anything.
Specially trained Israeli "emergency medics," from ZAKA arrived in India. They were hoping to do first aid, but instead they protected the dead, the murdered Jews.
We didn't know any of the people, but our hearts are with their families and friends.
HaMakom Y'Nachem, May G-d Comfort the Mourners...