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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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      Adar 21, 5771, 2/25/2011

      "Rocket falls on Beersheba," What? Like Rain?

      Rosh Chodesh Adar II is approaching, and G-d willing, it will bring us blessings from G-d.  Women are invited for special prayers at Tel Shiloh:
      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
      Rosh Chodesh Adar II
      Sunday, March 6, 2011
      Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
      תפילת נשים
      ראש חודש אדר ב' בתל שילה
      יום א' 6-3
      יהיה דבר תורה קצר
      נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


      G-d willing, it will be beautiful, since the wild flowers have begun to bloom.

      I blog much more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander; please visit. And today, here I'm posting about the importance of good titles and headlines.

      "Rocket falls on Beersheba," What? Like Rain?

      I hate these sorts of titles and headlines.  The Jerusalem Post's article on the Arab attack on Beersheva made things worse by adding "Following Katyusha fire in Negev..."

      Do these things happen all by themselves, like spontaneous combustion?  Nu?  Who launched these weapons at Israel?  I stress the who, because people, not chance, not G-d are guilty of attacking Israel and its civilians.

      But as much as I dislike the headline, at least it's big news in the Jerusalem Post.  I just checked the New York Times which at this moment, hours after the Arab attack on the main city of Israel's south, there isn't a mention.  Surprisingly, BBC has a better title to their article than the Jerusalem Post:

      Gaza militants fire rockets at Beersheba, Israel
      Of course I disagree with their use of the word "militants," but at least they rightly put the blame on the Gazans. That's much better than ynet:
      Grad rocket hits Beersheba Gaza terror reaches Negev capital for first time since Operation Cast Lead. Grad rocket explodes in Beersheba house yard...
      No people seem to be involved in their version of the attack. It reads like one of those science fiction stories in which computers take control. Arutz 7 got it right with:
      Terrorists Fire Two Rockets at Be'er Sheva; IDF Retaliates
      And lastly, at least for me, will be Haaretz's top story at this moment:
      Grad rockets fired at Be'er Sheva for first time since Gaza war
      One missile hit building in residential area, causing damage; no casualties reported; Palestinians report Israeli air strike retaliation, wounding two Islamic Jihad militants.

      Grammatically, at least, someone/something is blamed for firing the rockets, though we're not specifically told who or what.

      An important headline should never be written in passive, because as news it must indicate an active subject.

      A good news title must be clear, and the first sentence should summarize the story giving a Who, What, When and Where. Too many news titles leave out the "Who," because they don't want to connect the Arabs, Gazans, or what they call "Palestinians" with terrorism and violence.