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 25, 5771, 10/3/2010
It's the new Jewish year, and in a few days it'll already be the second month of the year. Ladies, Rosh Chodesh, the Holiday of the New Month, is traditonally a special Women's Holiday. Jewish tradition doesn't give us one mostly commercial "Mother's Day." We have a dozen women's holidays a year! I've been celebrating them at Tel Shiloh praying and enjoying the sights and site.
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Friday, October 8, 2010
ראש חודש חשון תפילת נשים בתל שילה
יום ו', 8/10 9:30
Will Jonathan Pollard be released from American prison this year and allowed to make aliyah to Israel? Here's my take on the very difficult subject:
I can't see Israel's Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu giving the United States anything for the release of Jewish prisoner Jonathan Jay Pollard. It's not that any truly moral human being thinks that he should still be in prison, it's just that Bibi does not want to embolden the Pollard protest movement which is extremely Right wing Israeli and uncompromising. And they're angry, not only angry with the United States for its totally out of proportion and unprecedented punishment of Pollard for giving information to an ally, but they're furious with the Israeli governments and Intelligence establishment for abandoning Pollard for decades.
Jonathan and Esther Pollard are a couple of loose cannons, and there's no doubt in my mind that at this point in time the Israeli government is terrified of what they would say unmuzzled.So, to whoever had that idea of bribing Bibi to continue the Jewish YESHA building freeze in exchange for Pollard, you're barking up the wrong tree!