Life Lessons with Judy Simon
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:
I was at Sunday's anti-freeze demonstration near the Prime Minister's Office. I heard from someone who works there that they were very aware of our demonstration. I posted about it with pictures and videos, including of an unpublicized in the media protest here. There's a poll on me-ander for Jewish women who cover their hair for religious reasons. You may enjoy reading my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander which get updated more frequently.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's brutal and illogical anti-Jewish, pro-Arab building freeze to facilitate the establishment of a Pseudostinian aka Palestinian sic State in the heart of the State and Land of Israel is obviously a danger to the continued viability of the State of Israel. Netanyahu, who for years was a spokesman against such a state and such policies. There must be something that the American Government, its Intelligence people, have over Bibi which has forced him to change his tune. Honestly, I don't need to know what it is. I'd just like him to do the right thing and resign. He fears them more than he fears G-d and his future name in history books.
In another one of those amazing G-d planned coincidences, I had spent the morning in Jerusalem at the anti-freeze of Jewish building in Judea and Samaria and then I returned to Jerusalem for a Bible learning evening of the Matan Al haPerek program.
The subject of last night's class was "The Blessings and Curses." Basically, you can call it G-d's "Rewards and Punishments" for how we observe the מצות Mitzvot, G-d given Commandments and how we treasure the Land G-d gave us.
During the demonstration, as I felt myself baking in the dangerously unseasonably dry, hot and sunny weather, it was so clear to me that we are suffering stage one of the curses for our abuse of the Land that G-d gave us.
For those of us who were old enough to understand and appreciate the miracle of Biblical proportions of the 1967 Six Days War, it's clear that by saving the State of Israel, G-d expected us to (demanded that we) immediately and enthusiastically settle the Land liberated in the war. The Moshiach was waiting in the wings but fled when He saw that the key to the Temple Mount was given to the Moslems and the government was looking at the Land as a way of buying peace from the Arabs.
We had peace. G-d had given it to us with YESHA, the Golan and the Jordan Valley.