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:
Sivan 3, 5771, 6/5/2011
This is a busy week. Jews all over the world will be celebrating the Shavuot Holiday, which celebrates G-d's giving us the Holy Torah, the basis of Judaism.
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.
"In the future, robots will replace fighters in the field." (complete article)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.
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