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Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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:
Now that Israeli Independence Day is behind us, we're getting ready for Lag B'Omer, the "close the windows before the smoke, soot and smell get in" holiday.That's how the New York Times titled is article about this year's Israeli Independence Day. No surprise. I disagree. I didn't see any darkness, depression etc, not in Shiloh nor when visiting my cousin who lives west of Ariel in the Sharon, not the Shomron.
There's lots of building here actually on projects begun before Bibi Netanyahu's dangerous building freeze. And other projects are getting ready to start the minute it thaws. Families are waiting for houses to be ready or empty out so they can move in.
A few years ago, immediately before and after Disengagement the mood was dark and bitter, no not like fine chocolate. No, it was more like sour soup laced with bitter tears.