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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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      Tishrei 12, 5770, 9/30/2009

      Taking On A New Mitzvah


      In terms of jblogging news, the latest Kosher Cooking Carinval is here.  There are most posts on Shiloh Musings.  Pay visits and enjoy.  It's free, why not?

      It's rather risky, making plans for an 89 year old, but my family is planning a mitzvah very new to us.  We're working hard to bring my father to Israel.  Our empty nest won't be filling with our progeny, but with the family patriarch.

      My children and grandchildren, too, are helping as much as possible, no, more than you can ever imagine.

      We're filling in forms, finding documents etc to fulfill the requirements of Nefesh B'Nefesh and JAFI.
      That's what's behind my blogging slience recently.

      Last night when I couldn't sleep I posted the latest Kosher Cooking Carnival.  I'll be jetlagged before I even board the plane.

      G-d willing my mother will join him here in a few short months and they should both live out their lives, until a 120, surrounded by children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.