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Monday, September 5, 2016

Chodesh Elul Tov! Rosh Hashanah Just a Month From Now!

We had a wonderful group of women of all ages from near and far at our Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh yesterday.

There were so many, I couldn't squeeze us all in the "eye" of my "selfie stick," or holding my camera as far as my arm could reach.

The month of Elul is an extremely important time in the Jewish Calendar. It's a time of Teshuvah, reflection. We are told to "wake up" and take a look at our lives, try to improve. This morning, before I got out of bed, I heard the shofar which is supposed to wake us from our spiritual slumber. Yes, it's the spiritual "bugle cry." No doubt that the historic bugel used as a rallying cry is based on the Jewish Biblical shofar, rams horn.

Phyllis, the Bima Ima, annually blogs a wonderful Elul challenge.

#BlogElul, #ElulGram
Elul is a very busy month, leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah, and I'm not talking about the cooking for the multiple holiday meals. We are supposed to prepare spiritually, recognizing our faults and trying to correct them. That is Teshuva, repentance.

And for those who would like to join our Women's Prayers, in which we pray individually and silently except for the Hallel Prayer which is sung together out loud, the next will be Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan. That is because the First of Tishrei is Rosh Hashanah and not celebrated as a Rosh Chodesh.

Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, 
Tel Shiloh 
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, 5777
Tuesday November 1, 2016
30th of Tishrei, 5777, 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 חשון
בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ג' 1-11-2016  ל' תשרי, תשע"ז 8:30
הלל ומוסף לראש חודש
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

So, take out your new Jewish Calendar, 5777, and mark the day. If you have more questions about it, please contact me shilohmuse@gmail.com with "Rosh Chodesh" as subject.

There's lots more to do at Shiloh Hakeduma besides our monthly prayers, so I suggest that you contact them and visit. For more information call 02-994-4019.

PS If you'd like to organize transportation, then contact Ben Levine of Awesome Tours. He has a supersized van, a mini-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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