He Ru Follow us: Make a7 your Homepage
      Free Daily Israel Report

      Arutz 7 Most Read Stories

      The Eye of the Storm
      by Batya Medad
      A Unique Perspective by Batya Medad of Shiloh
      Email Me
      Subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed

      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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Tishrei 25, 5771, 10/3/2010

      This Year in...

      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

      at 9:30am

       ראש חודש חשון תפילת נשים בתל שילה

       יום ו', 8/10 9:30

      I blog much more frequently and on a wider variety of topis on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  Please visit them and enjoy.  Pass around the links.

      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:

      Jonathan Pollard? No Gift For Netanyahu

      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!