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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:
Tishrei 13, 5771, 9/21/2010
Chag Sameach and Shabbat Shalom. We're approaching the last stage of our Jewish Holiday marathon, Succot, Shabbat and Simchat Torah. On Chol Hamoed there will be activities for the entire family at Tel Shiloh.
The annual march in memory of our neighbor Avihu Keinan HaYa"D has evolved from a march to Jerusalem to hiking the hills and valleys near Shiloh.
That first year was totally amazing. Moshe Keinan, Avihu's father, pledged at the shortened because of Rosh Hashanna shiva to march to the President of the State of Israel in Jerusalem and demand a meeting to protest that his son was endangered and killed because of a perverse "morality" that the safety of Arab civilians was more important than the safety of our Israeli soldiers.
Moshe, no youngster, grabbed an Israeli Flag and marched the entire route from Shiloh to the President's Official Residence. A succah was set up and he held court for the entire week of Succot. A wide variety of public officials and ordinary citizens visited to talk to him and show their support. And yes, he was invited to meet then President Moshe Katzav.
This year the march will be on the Sunday during Chol Hamoed Succot. It will be a full-day hike. For details contact Orit.