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:
It's hard to believe that Rosh Hashannah is in Just a few weeks. I had better start inviting neighbors for meals, or we'll find ourselves all alone! And since I'm mentioning food, maybe you'd like to check out the pre-Holiday Kosher Cooking Carnival, a round-up of blog posts from all over the world about kosher food. Another popular post is Judaism, 24/7.
As usual, I'd like to remind you that I post much more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Please check them out, thanks. And now, for the "main attraction:"
My dear friend Isramom sent a very inspiring video out to friends. I trust that she'll, too, be blogging about it and explaining her connection. You can probably connect the dots if you look at her gorgeous blog banner.
The younger generation of דתי לאומי dati le'umi, national religious Israeli Jews are doing amazing things all over Israel. They have taken up the challenge of Zionism today and have the idealism and creativity of the very early Zionists who had left Europe, poverty, universities, great cities, and frequently traditional Jewish Life etc to reconnect with our historic Homeland building and planting.
They thought that they needed to be "new Jews" and tried to replace Torah adherence and Jewish Law with a socialist "Utopian" Zionism. A large proportion of their descendants now feel disconnected, disengaged from that very Land.
Davka, it's the religious Israeli youth who are the new pioneers. They embrace both the Torah and the Holy Land. They're planting a newer and better Zionism with strong roots. Without celebrating our Torah and ancient Biblical history, our country will wither like the descendants of the early secular Zionists.