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:
First of all, a reminder that this Friday (and also Shabbat) is Rosh Chodesh Adar I, and G-d willing I'll be at Tel Shiloh for our monthly Women's Prayers. Please let others know. All women are invited. It's a Jewish custom that Rosh Chodesh is a special women's only holiday, so treat yourself to a prayer date at Tel Shiloh.
I have no doubts that it will take many years for Egypt to fully calm down.
This isn't a simple western-style government change. The rioters are making demands; they're not working to rule better, more fairly. It's very naive and unrealistic to expect good government by western standards. Maybe things will improve, but not immediately. And I'm not saying that Mubarak was good, but if Obama is so sympathetic to the rioters' demands, he should have been putting pressure on Mubarak to make changes for the past two years. Instead of doing that, the Obama government has been putting pressure on Israel to discriminate against Jewish Civil Rights. I just hope that all these riots, in Tunisia, Egypt and ? will take the pressure off of us.
--just a note. One of the clips may not be working here and can be found on Shiloh Musings.