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:
Having Ehud Barak as Defense Minister has me running scared and our enemies cheering. Shouldn't it be the opposite?
The freshest emails in my box early this morning were reports of violence against innocent Jews in the Shiloh area.* No, it wasn't a case of Arab terrorism. It was the Israel Defense Forces attacking Jewish residents here in the small Jewish communities near Shiloh. The last report I received tells of injured Jews attacked by our soldiers in the middle of the night. Sick, yes, I agree.
Also in my email were notices from IMRA about some of the "defense innovations" Barak has invested our tax money.
Colonel Nessim Levy says that it will prevent/reduce human casualties. In the meantime, to reduce casualities, our soldiers are sent to attack civilians who don't want to escalate into a real battle or civil war. That keeps the soldiers pretty safe. It reminds me of how King Saul kept trying to kill David, but King David refused to harm him.
ג וַיָּבֹא אֶל-גִּדְרוֹת הַצֹּאן עַל-הַדֶּרֶךְ, וְשָׁם מְעָרָה, וַיָּבֹא שָׁאוּל, לְהָסֵךְ אֶת-רַגְלָיו; וְדָוִד, וַאֲנָשָׁיו, בְּיַרְכְּתֵי הַמְּעָרָה, יֹשְׁבִים. 3 And he came to the sheepcotes by the way, where was a cave; and Saul went in to cover his feet. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. ד וַיֹּאמְרוּ אַנְשֵׁי דָוִד אֵלָיו, הִנֵּה הַיּוֹם אֲשֶׁר-אָמַר יְהוָה אֵלֶיךָ הִנֵּה אָנֹכִי נֹתֵן אֶת-איביך (אֹיִבְךָ) בְּיָדֶךָ, וְעָשִׂיתָ לּוֹ, כַּאֲשֶׁר יִטַב בְּעֵינֶיךָ; וַיָּקָם דָּוִד, וַיִּכְרֹת אֶת-כְּנַף-הַמְּעִיל אֲשֶׁר-לְשָׁאוּל--בַּלָּט. 4 And the men of David said unto him: 'Behold the day in which the LORD hath said unto thee: Behold, I will deliver thine enemy into thy hand, and thou shalt do to him as it shall seem good unto thee.' Then David arose, and cut off the skirt of Saul's robe privily. ה וַיְהִי, אַחֲרֵי-כֵן, וַיַּךְ לֵב-דָּוִד, אֹתוֹ--עַל אֲשֶׁר כָּרַת, אֶת-כָּנָף אֲשֶׁר לְשָׁאוּל. 5 And it came to pass afterward, that David's heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul's skirt. ... ט וַיֹּאמֶר דָּוִד לְשָׁאוּל, לָמָּה תִשְׁמַע אֶת-דִּבְרֵי אָדָם לֵאמֹר: הִנֵּה דָוִד, מְבַקֵּשׁ רָעָתֶךָ. 9 And David said to Saul: 'Wherefore hearkenest thou to men's words, saying: Behold, David seeketh thy hurt? י הִנֵּה הַיּוֹם הַזֶּה רָאוּ עֵינֶיךָ, אֵת אֲשֶׁר-נְתָנְךָ יְהוָה הַיּוֹם בְּיָדִי בַּמְּעָרָה, וְאָמַר לַהֲרָגְךָ, וַתָּחָס עָלֶיךָ; וָאֹמַר, לֹא-אֶשְׁלַח יָדִי בַּאדֹנִי--כִּי-מְשִׁיחַ יְהוָה, הוּא. 10 Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the LORD had delivered thee to-day into my hand in the cave; and some bade me kill thee; but mine eye spared thee; and I said: I will not put forth my hand against my lord; for he is the LORD'S anointed. יא וְאָבִי רְאֵה--גַּם רְאֵה אֶת-כְּנַף מְעִילְךָ, בְּיָדִי: כִּי בְּכָרְתִי אֶת-כְּנַף מְעִילְךָ וְלֹא הֲרַגְתִּיךָ, דַּע וּרְאֵה כִּי אֵין בְּיָדִי רָעָה וָפֶשַׁע וְלֹא-חָטָאתִי לָךְ--וְאַתָּה צֹדֶה אֶת-נַפְשִׁי, לְקַחְתָּהּ. 11 Moreover, my father, see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand; for in that I cut off the skirt of thy robe, and killed thee not, know thou and see that there is neither evil nor transgression in my hand, and I have not sinned against thee, though thou layest wait for my soul to take it. יב יִשְׁפֹּט יְהוָה בֵּינִי וּבֵינֶךָ, וּנְקָמַנִי יְהוָה מִמֶּךָּ; וְיָדִי, לֹא תִהְיֶה-בָּךְ. 12 The LORD judge between me and thee, and the LORD avenge me of thee; but my hand shall not be upon thee.
Israel is investing in weapons against missiles, but our greatest enemy won't be defeated by all these technological inventions and machinery. Our greatest enemy is the Leftist defeatist "post-Zionist" ideologies raging in Israel and the Jewish world.
All of our greatest military victories were due to G-d's miracles, not superior strategies nor weapons. If we would just fight our enemies and settle our G-d-given Land, then we will live in peace.
עושה שלום במרומיו הוא יעשה שלום עלינו
Oseh shalom bimromav Hu ya'aseh shalom aleinu
He makes peace in His heights, He will make peace for us