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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:
Sivan 3, 5770, 5/16/2010
This morning the Arutz 7's (my internet homepage) top headline was about an Arab terror attack against Israelis between Ofra and Shiloh. Many people mistakenly think such attacks are common. They aren't; at least shooting and rock throwing aren't very common.
There's another danger which isn't just here in the holy, Biblical hills of Samaria and Judea. I'm talking about dangerous driving. Just like the Arabs build whatever types of homes they want sans building and engineering permits etc, they drive without obeying basic traffic laws. There is a form of apartheid here, because the laws only apply to Jews. The occasional security arrest makes headlines, but behavior which would jail a Jewish Israeli goes unpunished when it comes to Arabs. It's common to see Arab vehicles recklessly driving over the heavy white lines while passing three or more vehicles. They know that even if there's traffic police observing, the cops wouldn't dare go after them.
Many accidents, including fatal ones, are caused by Arabs driving dangerously. Sometimes they keep it in the family and the victims are Arab, too. But sometimes they are Jewish, and the Arab truck driver is unscathed. Some of you may be confused. The Left has led you to believe that our roads are segregated, that Arabs are relegated to inferior less direct roads. That's another of the Leftist lies, like a mantra to brainwash the world. The vast majority of roads here are open to all drivers, no matter who issued the license plate. The only drivers who are restricted are Jewish Israelis. Our few remaining security roadblocks order obviously Jewish Israeli drivers not to continue on certain roads. FYI there are many Arabs with Israeli License plates, because they reside in Israel, including Jerusalem and have Israeli Identity Cards.
And please don't think that this situation is only in Judea, Samaria, Jordan Valley, areas Israel liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. It's the same in the Galilee and Negev where Arabs and Bedouin ignore laws they find "inconvenient."
It's not enough to just drive carefully. Stay alert and pray.
יהִי רָצוֹן מִלּפָנֶיךָ ה' אֱלוהינוּ ואֱלוהֵי אֲבוֹתֵינוּ, שֶׁתּוֹלִיכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם וְתַצְעִידֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְתִסְמְכֵנוּ לְשָׁלוֹם, וְתַנְחֵנוּ אֶל מְחוֹז חֶפְצֵנוּ לְחַיִּים וְלְשִּׂמְחָה ולְשָּׁלוֹם. (ותחזירנו לביתנו לשלום). וְתַצִּילֵנוּ מִכַּף כָּל אוֹיֵב וְאוֹרֵב בַּדֶּרֶךְ וּמִכָּל מִינֵי פֻּרְעָנֻיּוֹת הַמִּתְרַגְּשׁוֹת לָבוֹא לָעוֹלָם, וְתִשְׁלַח בְּרָכָה בְּמַעֲשֵׂה יָדֵינוּ. וְתִתְנְנוֹ לְחֵן וּלְחֶסֶד וּלְרַחֲמִים בְּעֵינֶיךָ וּבְעֵינֵי כָּל רוֹאֵינוּ, וְתִשְׁמַע קוֹל תַּחֲנוּנֵינוּ.
כִּי אֵל שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה וְתַחֲנוּן אַתָּה.
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה ה' שׁוֹמֵעַ תְּפִלָּה.
Here is a transliterated version of the Traveler's Prayer (from The Transliterated Siddur):
"Ye-hi ra-tson mi-l'fa-ne-cha, A-do-nai e-lo-hei-nu vei-lo-hei a-vo-tei-nu, she-to-li-chei-nu l'sha-lom, v'ta-tsi-dei-nu l'sha-lom, v'tad-ri-chei-nu l'sha-lom, v'ta-gi-ei-nu lim-choz chef-tsei-nu, l'cha-yim ul-sim-chah ul-sha-lom. V'ta-tsi-lei-nu mi-kaf kawl o-yeiv, v'o-reiv v'lis-tim v'cha-yot ra-ot ba-de-rech, u-mi-kawl mi-nei fur -a-ni-yot, ha-mit-ra-g'shot la-vo la-o-lam. V'tish-lach b'ra-chah b'chawl ma-a-sei ya-dei-nu, v'ti-t'nei-nu l'chein ul-che-sed ul-ra-cha-mim b'ei-ne-cha, uv-ei-nei chawl ro-ei-nu. V'tish-ma kol ta-cha-nu-nei-nu, ki Eil sho-mei-a t'fi-lah v'ta-cha-nun a-tah. Ba-ruch a-tah A-do-nai, sho-mei-a t'fi-lah."
Here is a translation (from Twelve Jewish Steps to Recovery):
"May it be Your will, Lord, My God and God of my ancestors, to lead me, to direct my steps, and to support me in peace. Lead me in life, tranquil and serene, until I arrive at where I am going. Deliver me from every enemy, ambush and hurt that I might encounter on the way and from all afflictions that visit and trouble the world. Bless the work of my hands. Let me receive divine grace and those loving acts of kindness and mercy in Your eyes and in the eyes of all those I encounter. Listen to the voice of my appeal, for you are a God who responds to prayerful supplication. Praised are you, Lord, who responds to prayer."