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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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      Tammuz 28, 5769, 7/20/2009

      That Doctored or Miss-identified Picture of Ofra


      This coming Wednesday is Rosh Chodesh Av. G-d willing, there will be women's prayers, (individual, not faux male) prayers at Tel Shiloh, 9:30 am.  Women are invited to join us.

      I blog daily on Shiloh Musings. This post also appears there. There are a lot of comments. You may be interested in reading and joining the discussion.

      "The settlement of Ofra with the outskirts of Ramallah in the background.
      Photo: Ariel Jerozolimski"  From the Jerusalem Post

      I've written about this picture before. My daughter lives in Ofra, and we pass Ofra when traveling to Jerusalem. I can't see how this is an accurate picture.

      The Jerusalem Post has used it to illustrate many articles, including one on the site right now. First of all, Ofra is not next to Ramalla, not even close.

      There are two other yishuvim much closer to Ramalla. One is Beit El, north of Ramalla, which I know well. It can't be Beit El. Psagot is next to Ramalla, just east of it. I'm not familiar enough with Psagot to identify it.

      Whatever, that archives picture the Jerusalem Post keeps using is false, and I've blogged about it before and sent it around, and I can't understand why they haven't been used.