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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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      Iyar 18, 5771, 5/22/2011

      Obama's Speech Isn't The Problem


      The Jewish World is making headway on Sefira, our annual countdown from Passover to Shavuot, the Holiday celebrating G-d gift to us of the Holy Torah.  We're now 34 out of 49, barely two weeks to go.  You can read more of my rather "out of the box" perspective on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      Just to remind you that Rosh Chodesh, the First of the Jewish Month of Adar is coming real soon:

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh

      Rosh Chodesh Sivan Friday,

      June 3, 2011 9:30am Dvar Torah

       Short Torah Lesson

      Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

       תפילת נשים

      ראש חודש סיון בתל שילה

       יום ו' 3-6 9:30

      יהיה דבר תורה קצר

       נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

      Obama's Speech Isn't The Problem

      As I've written before, many times, ad nauseum, Israel's problems are caused much closer to home than the White House.
      As usual, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spouted some pretty words, good phrases:
      "A peace based on illusions will crash eventually on the rocks of Middle Eastern reality.”
      But his fine print is the pits.  If he would just take his message all the way, to where it should go, I'd be happy and the country would be safe.  All these appease faux peace sic conferences/negotiations and "two state" delusions are the problems, and Bibi doesn't reject them.
      "While Israel is prepared to make generous compromises for peace, it cannot go back to the 1967 lines - because these lines are indefensible."  (Israeli MFA) emphasis mine
      Any "compromises" with unrepentant terrorists is insanely suicidal.  Look at a map:

      The dangers in giving our Land to the Arabs should be clear to all Israelis and any Jews who bother to take a good look at reality.  The only reason Israel is under pressure is because our leaders politicians don't have the guts and moral strength to tell the world to cut it out, leave us alone etc.  The weakness and blindness to simple reality which dominates the media, politics and the so-called intellectuals here is Israel is the real problem, which causes the situation we're facing.

      And now for Glenn Beck to explain the mess Obama is making from an American perspective.  Obama is America's problem.