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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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      Nisan 25, 5770, 4/9/2010

      No Excuses, Our Land Is The Essence


      Shabbat Shalom, Shavua Tov, Have a Peaceful Shabbat and/or a Good Week depending on when you read this.  Just to remind you that I blog more frequently and on a greater variety of topics on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  You're invited to visit them.


      I'm taking advantage of the "extra daylight savings hour" before Shabbat to write this.  A negative comment to one of our dear friend and former neighbor Tzvi Fishman's Arutz 7 blog really bothers me. Fishman wrote about the importance of the mitzvah/commandment to live in the HolyLand, and someone wrote that he wouldn't come, because the country isn't perfect. It's not the first time I've heard that ridiculous, irrelevant excuse for not living in Israel.

      The mitzvah to live here is to live in the Land.  It overrides politics, judicial, philosophy etc.  If we want perfection, we must work for it and not expect G-d to hand it to us on a "silver platter."  Those miracles ended with the last "mon," G-d given food which nourished us when we wandered the wilderness for forty years, in between the exodus from Egypt and entering the Land of Israel, the Holy Promised Land.

      Anyone who hangs out waiting for others to do the hard, dirty difficult work may find him/herself written out of Jewish History.

      Vote with your feet, hands and children.  For those of you who don't want to make aliyah, because you don't want your children to serve in the IDF Israel Defense Forces don't think you love your children more than I love mine.  Living here in Israel gives my kids a more precious life, something money can't buy.  It's a higher spiritual level than anything any place else in the world.

      G-d won't reward us with the Moshiach, Messiah for the deeds done in Golus, Galut, the Diaspora, only for what's done here.  If you truly believe in G-d, you'll obey G-d's commandments.

      Shabbat Shalom uMevorach
      Have A Peaceful and Blessed Sabbath