Our Bayit v'Gan apartment had an amazing view over most of Jerusalem. We could see buildings sprout before our eyes. When we moved in the shikunei elef Hebrew University Givat Ram dorms were naked, bare rectangles marring the landscape, but by the time we moved to Shiloh, ten years later, they were well camouflaged in green to match the landscape. The "Omariya plot" only got one of the giant towers which had been planned for it. The valley between Bayit v'Gan and Beit HaKerem was empty; off to the right we could see the tiny Givat Mordechai and the orchards between it and HU. I could watch my children play in the nearby playground from the kitchen merpeset. There was an empty lot between us. The year we decided to look for a yishuv, everything began to change, especially when they built an apartment house in the empty lot.
In Jerusalem birds now compete with heavy, high building apparatus, and enormous building projects are changing the landscape. I walk a lot in Jerusalem and have to replace landmarks in my memory to navigate around.
The house being built across the street from us changes daily. I can't wait until I see neighbors actually living in it.
During recent Rosh Chodesh (monthly) visits to Tel Shiloh for prayers, Miryam Blum, of Eli, regales us with information she "sees" from the ancient stones, building blocks all over the site.
Next month's Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh, (please publicize, thanks):
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