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      by Batya Medad
      A Unique Perspective by Batya Medad of Shiloh
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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:

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      Kislev 1, 5771, 11/8/2010

      Politics is Just Another Show Business Medium

      Isramom and I redesigned my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  So, there's plenty to see.  There is still a chance to vote for the winner of the free Kosher by Design cookbook.

       Politics is Just Another Show Business Medium

      There's showbiz stage, television, movies, music and there's politics.  How a politician looks and moves is more indicative of how she/he'll attract votes than what he/she says or stands for. The greatest movie/photo director of the Twentieth Century was the one who controlled the shots of FDR.  They concentrated on his powerful shoulders (well-muscled from using crutches) instead of showing him being lifted like a helpless baby into and out of cars etc.  He never would have been elected to any office after being stricken by polio if the public had images of his withered legs.

      Pundits have always said that Nixon won the debates with Kennedy according to radio listeners, but his sweat-stained suit jacket and 5 o'clock shadow lost him the TV viewers.

       The United States Democratic Party is upset by the glamorous and natural celebrity of Sarah Palin and her daughter, Bristol.

      Yes, you've probably noticed that I pay very little attention to policies when it comes to politics and elections.  I'm an awful cynic about politicians.  I'll never forget the ad, "Promise Her Anything, but Give Her Arpege."

      Politics is all about illusions, promises.  Israeli politics ends up not being very different.  It should be, because instead of two "supermarket" parties vying for office, there are a multitude of political parties with various ideologies.  At least that's how it was in the first fifty years of the state.  Recently there's no real difference between the Likud, Kadima and Labor.  We've been getting the same sort of government and policies from all of them.  The voters are different, but the politicians are interchangeable.  The establishment of Kadima proved that.  It united a bunch of ambitious men and women willing to do anything, say anything just to get elected.

      A lot of people keep concentrating on which politicians are "best for Israel."  It's all hevel, norishkeit, hot air or nothingness to me.  We each have to remember that it's up to us, how we keep G-d's mitzvot commandments.  G-d will reward us for the good and punish us for the bad.  

      Yisrael Batach baHashem!
      People of Israel, Trust in G-d!
      Chodesh Tov! Have a Good Month