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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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Elul 11, 5769, 8/31/2009

      Human Rights, Free Enterprise

      As usual, I'm having trouble deciding which of my Shiloh Musings articles to post here.  Don't be shy in letting me know if you think I made a mistake.  My me-ander is a different sort of blog; some of you may find it interesting. You'll see a different side of me there.

      Human Rights, Free Enterprise

      Human rights, civil rights, free enterprise, natural growth, capitalism... We can throw Darwin in too, the survival of the fittest and all that. We have a major housing shortage and over-crowding in Shiloh. Our neighborhood synagogue is being almost doubled in seating capacity. The committee has done a miraculous job finding ways to expand it and quickly. One of the advantages of being in a climate where it doesn't rain in the summer is that building additions is easier. No covers were needed from rain. OK, I should have worn a sun hat and sunscreen on Shabbat. My seat isn't too exposed, but some of my friends kept changing their places as they chased the shade.

      There are dozens of temporary, quickly built homes like these, constructed on site, like giant lego or tinker toys. Luckier families, who already own real homes are expanding them to suit their needs. In the rest of the world, or for Arabs a couple of kilometers away, this would be no big deal, but the world makes different rules for Jews in the our HolyLand. And unfortunately, our Israeli politicians concentrate their efforts on currying favor with our enemies, rather than doing what's best for Israel.

      Enough of the hypocrisy! Let the international politicians, world community and "moralists" concentrate on real problems like Iran, Arab terrorism, cancer and pollution.

      In the meantime, we're busy living and building.

      Just mind your own business!