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:
In another few hours it's Shabbat, next week will be Chanukah and before Chanukah ends it'll be Rosh Chodesh Tevet. Here in Israel we're feeling G-d's wrath as hot winds blow instead of blessed rain. It's all written so clearly in the Bible. If we keep G-d's commandments we will be blessed, but if we don't we'll be punished.
On Rosh Chodesh Tevet, there will be Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh ראש חודש טבת 30
Kislev, December 7, at 9:30 am. נחגוג ביחד בתל שילה, תפילת נשים יום ג', 7-12, ל' כסלו 9:30 Women's Prayers, הלל Hallel and מוסף Musaf and then a short דבר תורה Dvar Torah
In honor of the upcoming Chanukah holiday, the Jewish Holiday which celebrates religious freedom, Jewish national independence, how the apparent weak can defeat the rich and "strong" and how a small vial of pure olive oil can save the day I'm going to attack a couple of powerful myths.
Myth #1- the Western Wall HaKotel HaMa'aravi, הכותל המערבי
The Kotel is not the holiest site for Jews!
The ancient wall which is known as "the kotel" is a later-built outer wall to the area in which you can find our holiest spot on the Temple Mount, Har HaBayit הר הבית. The kotel has no religious or historic significance for any other religion except as part of the ongoing attempts at identity theft by Muslims and Christians.
It would be like standing in the street outside the Eisenhower Executive Office Building and looking for the windows to the Obama family bedrooms.
Israel's religious and political leadership have sold us very short by worshipping the Kotel. To say that The Temple Mount is "too holy" for Jews but the let the Muslims run free, play games and destroy our holy artifacts is a chillul Hashem, insult to G-d.
Myth #2 American Aid
American Aid is bad for the Israeli economy!
That's right. In actuality, the aid is only good for the American economy. That's because the Americans don't give a blank check, greenbacks, real money for Israel to buy weapons wherever it deems best.
The United States gives "shopping coupons," which is their way of subsidizing certain American industries. Foreign countries then patronize American industry at the expense of their own.
For Israel, it's triply bad. Not only has it severly affected our own military industrial development, but when our engineers/experts improve the American products, we don't profit and if we use any of the American components to produce military products for export, we can't sell them without American permission.
What the State of Israel needs are true allies, friendly countries which condemn our enemies when they attack us and stop encouraging us to self-mutilate.
Our greatest danger is participating in those "talks" which the Arabs and Americans see as the tool for establishing a Pseudostinian aka palestinian sic state. If American is considered Israel's friend, it's an example of: