Considering The State of The World, Glad I'm in Israel

Batya Medad ,

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

Considering The State of The World, Glad I'm in Israel

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I see danger and chaos all over, even in the United States of America which was once the most powerful, wealthy and stable and safest seeming country in the world.

Way back when, in the post-1967 Six Days War euphoria, many Jews from all over the world, including countries that were much more advanced, comfortable and safe, began to make aliyah in unheard of numbers. In relative terms it was a mass-movement. That's because until then, it was more a one-way street in the other direction. I remember the argument against our decision to move to Israel by an aunt who said:

"Why would you want to move to Israel when all the Israelis want to leave it?"

But there was no arguing with me and my husband. We just got on that boat and never looked back. That was in the summer of 1970. Israel was a more difficult place than New York to live then, but it didn't stop us. We took the 1960's simplistic non-materialistic idealism and combined it with Jewish Zionism.

And then we went up a notch in 1981 when we made Shiloh our home. In the early years it was a challenge, but conditions were certainly much easier than the early Zionists endured. Yes, we have always considered ourselves and our moves to be continuations of Zionism in its most basic form. Remember that the early Zionists all of the Land of Israel as a potential home. And prior to that there were Jews in many cities including Gaza, not just Jerusalem, Hebron, Tzfat and other holy cities.

Today Israel is not only an internationally well-known high-tech haven, but traditional Biblical crops are thriving too.

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In another few hours it will be Shabbat, so I'm logging off for now.

Shabbat Shalom u'Mevorach

May You have a Peaceful and Blessed Shabbat