Ceramics Made With Love: The Story of Batya Erdstein
by Aryeh Tavor | 2018-01-03 01:00:36
Batya and Baruch Erdstein, with their six children, live in Itamar, a community located amidst the Samarian hills. Batya is originally from San Diego, California. She has a very pleasant, easy-going and spiritual demeanor. Batya has produced some of the fine ceramic products that have been sent in Lev Haolam's Surprise Monthly Packages. We went to Itamar to interview Batya and to hear about her journey to and in Israel.
Batya told us that her and her husband had always been interested in living in Judea and Samaria. "When we first got married, we lived in Bat Ayin [Judea], but then we moved to Tsfat and then we found ourselves back here in the Shomron again… It's one of the most beautiful places in Israel," Batya tells us.
Batya continued to tell us about the 'why' that brought her and her family to Samaria. "I could have lived my life in San Diego, California working as a nurse and making a lot more money, but I believe that being here is our duty as Jews and I'm willing to put my life on the line to live here. And to be a part of the return of the Jewish people from all the four corners of the world to here, and to raise my children here… and it's hard work but it's beautiful work and we're very excited to be here."
Batya also finds inspiration for her work from her surroundings. "Things that are growing outside I pick and I bring it to the studio and I press it into the clay and I get ideas and inspiration through everything that is growing around me," Batya told us.