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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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      Shevat 26, 5771, 1/31/2011

      ...How Many Years Until Stability Returns to Egypt?

      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.
      Rosh Chodesh Adar I Women's Prayers Tel Shiloh
      תפילת נשים
      ראש חודש אדר א
      תל שילה
      יום ו' 4-2 9:30
      ...יהיה דבר תורה
      Friday Feb. 4 9:30am
      There will be a Dvar Torah
      כולן מוזמנות. נא להזמין אורחות מחוץ לשילה
      Please spread the word.
      It's possible to go by bus or drive
      Tel Shiloh, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz, June, 2009

      To contact the tourist office telshilo@gmail.com or call 02-994-4019

      And of course you know that I post much more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  Please visit and comment here and there.  Thanks

      With Mubarak on His Way Out, How Many Years Until Stability Returns to Egypt?



      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.