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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 18, 5769, 12/15/2008
A few weeks ago, I discovered that I had just led a group of "Jews for Jesus" on a tour of Tel Shiloh. Even worse, was finding out that they are living in our Region, Mateh Binyamin, and have a "good working relationship" with Avi Ro'eh, the governor.
Now, Ellen Horowitz has written an expose` about one of Israel's most famous American-raised rabbis, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, of Efrat. I'm still reeling in shock.
Four years ago, I wrote an essay disagreeing with his defence of Disengagement by "pleading Democracy." I consider it a foreign "god," which stands hand in hand with "liberalism." Its "child" is "multi-culturalism."
Zionism is its antithesis. We came here for a Jewish Life in a Jewish Country in a Jewish Land. The different "flavors" of the various Jewish ethnic communities provide us with enough cultural diversity. We don't need to encourage other religions here. It is our only HolyLand. In Efrat Riskin now has an interfaith endeavor - Ohr Torah Stone's Center for Jewish-Christian Understanding & Cooperation.
This is not an easy post for me to write, and I know that many people will be angered, but I'm not running in a popularity contest. I consider the issue of Christian holds in Jewish areas dangerous. The Arab muslems have been driving them out of their cities and neighborhoods, and the ones we, Jews, are welcoming are the most dangerous for the status of Judaism in Israel.