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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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      Iyar 19, 5769, 5/13/2009

      Answering Some Questions, Getting Things Straight


      I try not to "interfere" too much in the "converstions" which go on in the comments.  They have a dynamic all their own. 
      The only thing that Arutz 7 bloggers have in common is blogging on Arutz 7

      There's a problem I sometimes sense, a negative one.  Frequently, I'm surprised and even offended by the use of the word "you," as if I'm the employee or slave of the readers or Arutz 7 management.  Typical is this statement/question by DACON9:

      WHY ARE ARUTZ SHEVA BLOGGERS LATELY VERY CONTRADICTORY?

      This is an angry question, and according to the norms of internet correspondence, the use of capital letters indicates "shouting."  There's also a very strong indication that the writer believes that Arutz 7 bloggers are some sort of group, that we coordinate and communicate.  I hate to rain on your parade, as the saying goes, but you are 100% wrong.

      The only thing that Arutz 7 bloggers have in common is blogging on Arutz 7.  We have never had a meeting.  We don't correspond or plan, unless we knew each other before.  For intance, my husband and I both blog on Arutz 7, but we don't coordinate our posts, our opinions and nor policies.  It's the same with our other blogs.

      When I got that call from Arutz 7 over a year and a half ago, asking me if I'd like to blog on the site, I was told that I'd be able to post whatever I wanted, and that was the last time we discussed content.

      I don't get paid by Arutz 7, and I don't even get the "holiday gifts" given to those who do, even though I do believe that there are people who go to the site to read my posts.  Some A7 bloggers may possibly get some salary for work on other aspects/departments of Arutz 7.

      Please relate to us, the A7 bloggers, as individuals.  I doubt if any of us even read all the other blogs posted.  That's how little we know of what else there is in the blogs.  I do read the comments to my posts, even when I don't reply.

      Thanks for listening,

      Batya