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News & Call-In with Tamar Yonah
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:
Chanukah is now over for the year, and Shabbat is just a day away.
PS there were more women praying yesterday morning at Tel Shiloh than you can see in the pictures. Tel Shiloh is enormous; it's not claustrophobic like Kever Rachel. You can have hundreds, thousands of people and still have room and not feel crowded. The holiness is all around, not concentrated on a stone "coffin" and dead body. So there's no pushing and fighting. This is very Chana, not Rachel. The Biblical Rachel is described as physically beautiful, as are her descendants, Joseph and King Saul. There is no physical description of Chana. She is just a woman who knows how to communicate with G-d.
Just to let you know that Tel Shiloh is open for visitors and events. Contact email@example.com or call 02-994-4019 for more details.