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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:

      Shiloh Musings



      Iyar 23, 5771, 5/27/2011

      Biggest Difference Between Presidents Bush and Obama

      Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
      Rosh Chodesh Sivan
      Friday, June 3, 2011
      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


      I don't understand why Shiloh isn't a more popular pilgrimage spot for prayers. Personally, I don't go for praying at graves and tombs. And I also don't understand why more Israelis, Jews and thinking people all over the world don't understand or accept the fact that there is no way we can have peace with today's Arabs. Nothing we do or give will change that fact. Maybe things will be better in fifty or a hundred years and maybe not. But the real message is that we ought to stop the talking and begging and apologizing for breathing!

      I blog more frequently on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  You're invited to read those blogs, too.

      The Biggest Difference Between the U.S. Presidents Bush and Obama

      I really don't see any big policy, ideological difference between Republican Bush and Democrat Obama when it comes to Israel and our keeping (or rights to) the Land we liberated in the 1967 Six Days War.
      • Neither recognize our rights to be in the Jewish neighborhoods like Ramot, Ramat Eshkol, Gilo etc. 
      • Neither supports Israel's annexing Judea, Samaria etc.

      So why didn't bush get the condemnation that Obama keeps getting?

      It's simple.  Obama's speech writers, the people he pays to right his speeches about Israel and to Jewish audiences aren't as good as the ones that Bush used.  Remember that being a good actor, reading a pre-written speech with sincerity and pathos is a requirement for the American Presidency.

      It's pretty well known that Eli Wiesel was involved in the writing of Bush's best "Israel speeches," and nobody is more eloquent on the subject.  Obama's speech writers just don't know how to make him seem like he truly cares about Israel's survival.