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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:
It's hard to believe that we're just a few short, always too short, days to Rosh Hashannah, The Jewish New Year. We don't greet our new year in a drunken stupor. It's the only two day holiday in the Jewish Calendar. We spend it in prayer, festive meals with symbolic foods and allow to sound of the shofar to shake our souls out of their complacency.
Bad news can wait and good news is just as good delayed
At last year's Second International Jewish Bloggers Conference (will there be a third?) David Horowitz, Editor in Chief of the Jerusalem Post spoke about the news business. He said that now that the paper is online, work can't cease for a minute. The Jerusalem Post only closes for Yom Kippur, but he and his family are keeping more of Shabbat for their own sanity. They need the break from the unpleasant realities of news.
As the resident hausfrau here in the jblogging capital of Shiloh, I don't really enjoy all the domestic preparations for the upcoming three day (2 days of Rosh Hashannah plus Shabbat) Jewish Holiday weekend, but I do enjoy the subsequent silence of the news, the media, the telephone etc. Bad news can wait and good news is just as good delayed. I like to concentrate on the here and now of the prayers and community.
This is a reminder that the One in Charge is G-d Almighty, HaKadosh Baruch Hu, not Bibi, Obama nor Hillary. This World, Olam HaZeh, עולם הזה is fleeting, temporary, just preparation for the Next World, Olam HaBa עולם הבא and determines where G-d will place us. Our actions buy our tickets. Next Wednesday, before the sun goes down, we'll turn off and unplug the computer. I'll light the first set of candles, take out my Machzor (Holiday Prayerbook) and pray to G-d that our Israeli politicians will transform into wise leaders and that G-d will forgive all our sins whether we properly repent or not. We're only human, not angels. We're riddled with faults and weaknesses.