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Saturday, April 9, 2016

Tel Shiloh on Shabbat Rosh Chodesh Nissan

Today, until nighttime, was Rosh Chodesh Nissan and Shabbat. All the years I've been going to Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh on Rosh Chodesh, we never did it on Shabbat. That is until today. One of the more dedicated members of our group, Miryam Blum of Eli, had been dreaming of spending a Shabbat Rosh Chodesh in Shiloh for many years, and this time she did it.

Instead of our usual morning Rosh Chodesh prayers and Hallel at the site of the Biblical Tabernacle at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, we went down in the afternoon for the Mincha Prayer. I advertised that we'd be going, and that Miryam would guide the group and give a Dvar Torah to the participants. 

We walked down and found a group of women, some were guests just visiting for Shabbat, waiting for us. And the guests had never been there before, so they really appreciated the tour.

I don't remember being there on Shabbat for a long time if ever. We saw one of the neighbors who had walked down with his dog. And we also saw some unfamiliar visitors. Some other neighbors were there with a group they were hosting. I really enjoyed going down there and walking and praying, without encountering all the tourists, Shiloh Hakeduma staff and archeological crew who are there during the week. On Shabbat Tel Shiloh returns to us locals. It is again our park and synagogue, just like it used to be. 

Quite a few times, I found myself wishing I could photograph the group and all we saw, but it's forbidden on Shabbat. 

Here's the information about next Rosh Chodesh:

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma
Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Iyyar
Sunday May 8, 2016
30th of Nissan, 5776, 8:30am
Hallel and Musaf for Rosh Chodesh
Tour of Tel Shiloh
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשים ראש חודש אייר
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום א' 8-5 ל' ניסן, תשע"ו 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please save the date and let others know. Join our facebook group for more updates. And remember that there are many other things to do at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. It's open to visitors six days a week. For more information call 02-994-4019. 

Shavua Tov and Chodesh Tov to all!!

PS If you'd like to organize transportation, then contact Ben Levine of Awesome Tours. He has a supersized van, a bus that has room for fifteen 15 passengers comfortably. He'll help you arrange a truly inspiring Rosh Chodesh (or any day) in Shiloh.

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