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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:
We're not moving. We're not cooperating with our destruction.
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Purim Sameach!
It must be extremely difficult for the extended Fogel family to get up from Shiva (7 day mourning) straight into Shabbat and Purim. They'll be dealing with their new reality forever, like radiation that has entered post-earthquake Japan and beyond.
Nobody asks the Japanese if they're leaving their country permanently because of the dangers there, the natural dangers. I was facinated by an article in the New York Times by a Japanese novelist writing his first-person report of the earthquake.
It's definitely a perspective we don't usually hear. It doesn't read like the TV news reports on BBC or CNN. Communities like my Village of Shiloh and Itamar, where the latest Arab terror attack, the barbaric murder of five members of the same family, took place are always asked how we can stay here. Our dangers are man-made. Arab terrorists and Israeli politicians conspire to keep us on our toes. In a few months we'll be celebrating thirty years in Shiloh, and from the earliest days here, we've entertained journalists and answered the same questions. They keep expecting us to be forcibly removed to make room for a new Arab terror state, Pseudostine aka Palestine sic. As we go on living peacefully, mourning our dead, healing our wounds, the world calls us "obstacles of peace."
They want us to cooperate, go like sheeps to slaughter, like the Jews did in Germany and later other countries in Europe when German Nazis ruled. We've learned our lesson.
We're not moving. We're not cooperating with our destruction. Let the baby Yair, of Itamar, and his family bring light to the world.
Soon we celebrate Purim, the holiday that celebrates our power to reverse evil decrees.
Chag Purim Sameach! Have a Joyous Purim!