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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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      Tevet 10, 5769, 1/6/2009

      Back At The Ranch..Don't Forget The Elections!

      Don't get me wrong.  It's not that I don't think that we should be attacking the Gazan terrorists, but the government's timing makes me suspicious.  It's just one bloody election gimmick.  I hope that G-d nudges things, like He did in 1967 and gives us a great miracle, even if we don't deserve it.

      I see Olmert, yes, he's still around and having a great time as Prime Minister, doing his campaign thing, visiting the injured, hugging their parents and smiling, like it's a Bar Mitzvah.

      This war has inflated the numbers for Kadima and Labor.  That was expected.  It seems like it's not doing any good to Likud, and the extreme Left is also losing.  Even better, the new Echud Leumi is gaining support.  Patched together at the last moment, it has given a lot of us a party to vote for.  The veteran Mafdal party thought that by changing its name it would attract those who left it or who would never vote for it, but thank G-d the public isn't that dumb.  We want to vote for a political party with a clear message, a clear platform.

      Simply put, we want our MK's to defend Jewish rights in the Land of Israel.  We don't want a "supermarket."  I like the idea that Ketzele and Eldad are working together for the sake of Am Yisrael and Eretz Yisrael.

      Of course this little blog isn't really competition to Olmert, but I'm not giving up.

      I wonder if the election date will be changed, as it was in 1973.