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Showing posts with label Rosh Chodesh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rosh Chodesh. Show all posts

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Chodesh, Elul Begins on the Last Day of Av

The Jewish Month of Av is considered the saddest in the Jewish Calendar. It's the black midnight to Elul's hopeful dawn.

Today is the last day of Av and tomorrow the first of Elul, a full month before Rosh Hashannah. Both are Rosh Chodesh with the extra prayers, Hallel and all.

Tomorrow G-d willing will be the women's prayers at Shiloh HaKeduma, Tel Shiloh.


Women's Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Ellul
Wednesday August 27, 2014
1st of Ellul 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשים ראש חודש אלול בשילה הקדומה, תל שילה
יום ד' 27-8 א' אלול תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me, thanks.

You're welcome to join our facebook page.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Disappointed and Sad that We Didn't Celebrate the Kidnapped Boys' Return

I was really hoping that by now, over two weeks since the three teenage boys had been kidnapped by today, Rosh Chodesh Tammuz we'd be able to celebrate their return home safe and sound.  Instead we prayed for them at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.


There is no better place to pray for children than Ancient Shiloh, where Chana prayed for a son to lead the Jewish People out of the anarchy the Time of the Judges, when there was no king and everyone did what they felt like doing...

We sincerely hope that before next Rosh Chodesh, Rosh Chodesh Av we will celebrate and thank G-d for the safe and healthy and speedy return of Gil-Ad, Naftali and Eyal.

Next month's Rosh Chodesh, Av, will be Monnday July 28, 2014. Please save the date.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Av
Monday, July, 28, 2014
1st of Av 5774, 8:30am

We start dovening together with Hallel. Pray Shacharit at home or come early if possible, please.
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשים ראש חודש תמוז בתל שילה
יום ב' 28-7 ב' אב תשע"ד 8:30
מתחילים את התפילה ביחד עם הלל. נא להתפלל שחרית בבית או לבוא מוקדם אם אפשר, תודה
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Make The World Listen! Bring Back Our Boys!!!

Here in Israel, Racheli Fraenkel is speaking to the converted, as the saying goes. That doesn't really help. It's the pressure of the rest of the world on the international media darlings, those Arab terrorists that may G-d willing convince them to free the boys. And G-d willing they are still alive and well. Fraenkel may not want her mind to go to more frightening places, and the Israeli Government is fighting, searching to find them under the premise that the three kidnapped boys are still alive, but until the Arab terrorists show otherwise I'm getting more pessimistic with each day.

Photo: AVSHALOM SASSONI
The door of all sorts of international human rights bodies, the United Nations etc. are always open to the Arabs to complain about alleged Israeli "violations" so I'm glad that Naftali's, may he live and be well, mother will be speaking to the UN Human Rights Council .

There have been rallies all over the world to implore the Arab terrorists and to pray to G-d to free the three kidnapped boys, but they are basically Jewish rallies and sometimes the demonstrators have even been attacked by antisemites, those who support Arab terrorism.
First, on Thursday, June 19, exactly one week after the three boys were kidnapped, a march and rally entitled “Bring Back Our Boys,” was held in Paris.
As supporters were marching, some anti-Israel haters attacked them, throwing burning flares directly at the marchers. Startled, people began running away, but many soon turned around and ran after the perpetrators. Watch the video:


It's critically important for this campaign to bring this campaign out of the "Jewish sector" and make it a human rights issue. It must be recognized that Arab terrorists are in international danger and oppose, contradict humane actions. Let's rip off the teflon that has coated the so-called Palestinians! We must show the world what they really are, cruel, monstrous terrorists!

This is what they teach their children, Palestinian Media Watch.
In its latest episode, Hamas TV's children's program Tomorrow's Pioneers chose to teach young viewers what a rocket sounds like "when it is launched from us" and "when it reaches them [the Israelis]." [Al-Aqsa TV (Hamas), June 20, 2014] As the child host on the program encouraged the program's guest, an adult mimic, to do "a last imitation of the sound of our rockets," the man-sized bee puppet Nahul requested he make "the sound of the explosion." These sounds were "to encourage and excite our audience, our children friends," the child host explained. Upon hearing the mimic make a rocket sound, a child in the studio identified it as "the M-75" rocket. After the mimic explained that this was the sound of a rocket being launched, the child host requested he imitate the sound a rocket makes "when it reaches them [the Israelis]." Nahul the bee then eagerly made the sound of an exploding rocket.


This coming Shabbat and Sunday are Rosh Chodesh Tammuz. I invite women to join me at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh and celebrate the kidnapped boys' return home, but if G-d forbid they are still held captive by the Arab terrorists, we will pray for their speedy release.


Friday, May 30, 2014

Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh

Today is Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the beginning of the Jewish Month of Sivan. Women came from all over the area to pray together at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, where the Mishkan, Holy Tabernacle was located for 369 years before Jerusalem was the Capital of the Jewish Nation. Yes, Shiloh was the first one.

Archaeologists agree that the Shiloh we know, where I live is the same Shiloh. It's where Jews came to pray for centuries. It's where the Biblical Chana prayed for a son who would lead the Jewish People. That son was born to her, Samuel the Prophet.

One of the participants used the occasion to treat us to a lovely meal to thank G-d for the wonderful things He has done for her.


Next month's Rosh Chodesh, Tammuz, will be Sunday June 29, 2014. Please save the date.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Tamuz
Sunday, June, 29, 2014
1st of Tamuz 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשיםראש חודש תמוז בתל שילה
יום א' 29-6 א' תמוז תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me, thanks.

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.


Thursday, May 29, 2014

חודש טוב!! Chodesh Tov!!

Our next Rosh Chodesh Prayers will be on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, Friday, May 30, G-d willing.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Friday, May 30, 2014
1st of Sivan 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשיםראש חודש סיון בתל שילה
יום ו' 30-5 א' סיון תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
Please join us. For more information, please contact me, thanks.
You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il or phone 02-994-4019.
This isn't a "women's minyan," although we do sing the Hallel prayer out-loud together.


Thursday, May 8, 2014

Women, Join Our Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh HaKeduma, Tel Shiloh

The תפילת חנה Tefillat Chana, Chana's Prayer at the site where the Biblical Mishkan Tabernacle stood for 369 years at Tel Shiloh.
It's soon to be forty-seven 47 years since Israel liberated the ancient, the Biblical City of Shiloh from Jordanian occupation in the 1967 Six Days War. Besides the occasional tourist archaeological team, pilgrims or curious hiker wandering in, Shiloh had been empty of humans for centuries or more.

Just over thirty-six 36 years ago, a group of Jewish families moved to Shiloh, and Jewish life returned to one of our holiest cities. Today there are over three hundred families, schools, stores and a very active and fascinating tourist site in the Biblical Shiloh.

Shiloh Mishkan Synagogue modeled after the Biblical Tabernacle

For the past few years, I've been inviting women from near and far to come to Shiloh to pray together on Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Jewish Month. We also wander around the holy site and check out the latest archaeological discoveries.







Our next Rosh Chodesh Prayers will be on Rosh Chodesh Sivan, Friday, May 30, G-d willing.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Friday, May 30, 2014
1st of Sivan 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשיםראש חודש סיון בתל שילה
יום ו' 30-5 א' סיון תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Mark your calendar, and join us. For more information, please contact me, thanks.

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.
This isn't a "women's minyan," although we do sing the Hallel prayer out-loud together.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Chodesh Tov! Iyyar, The Second Month of the Jewish Calendar, a Month of Miracles

The title may be confusing for some. The Jewish Year as most know starts at the end of the summer on Rosh Hashannah, the first of the Month of Tishrei, but when counting the year by month, we begin with Nissan, the month of Miracles and spring. That's why Iyyar is the second month.  My friends and I will be meeting at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh tomorrow for our monthly prayers.  There are two days to this Rosh Chodesh, which happens a few times during the year, and I chose the second for our Women's Prayers.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh Rosh Chodesh Iyar
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 1st of Iyar 5774, 8:30 amTour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah LessonPlease come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אייר בתל שילהיום ה' 1-5 א' אייר תשע"ד 8:30יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנותMark your calendar, and join us. You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.
Iyyar is an amazing month, full of contrasts. First of all, the entire month is in the restricted Sefira period, the forty-nine days we count from Passover until Shavuot, seven weeks times seven.
During the period of Sefirat Ha'omer, we refrain from certain forms of festivity as an expression of mourning for the tragic deaths of Rabbi Akiva 24,000 disciples, which occurred during these weeks. The Shulhan Aruch mentions that we do not conduct weddings, or cut our hair during this period. The Magen Avraham (commentary to the Shulhan Aruch by Rabbi Avraham Gombiner, Poland, 1637-1683) further adds the prohibition of listening to music...Sefirat Ha'omer, by contrast, is actually a very auspicious time. So much so, that the Ramban, in his Torah commentary (Parashat Emor), speaks of these weeks as *a kind of "Hol Ha'mo'ed" in between the two festivals of Pesah and Shavuot.
On the 18th of Iyyar is Lag B'Omer, meaning the 33rd of the Omer period. It's a day of celebration. And since 1948 there have been other days of celebration, Yom Ha'atzma'ut, Israeli Independence Day and Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day since Israel's victory during the 1967 Six Days War.

Not only was the 1967 Six Days War a miracle of survival for the young and weak (by human standards) Jewish State, but the miraculous, meaning G-d facilitated, victory brought us the liberation of our Biblical, historic Homeland, Judea, Samaria plus the Golan, Jordan Valley and the Sinai.

It's very clear that this victory and its resulting border changes was all of G-d's planning, because the IDF had only aimed to "keep status quo." The Eshkol Labor secular Leftist Party Government had sent messages to Jordanian King Hussein begging him not to join Egypt and Syria in the attack on Israel. For weeks leading up to the war, Egypt's Nasser had been publicly threatening to destroy the State of Israel and sweep it into the sea. He ordered the United Nations Peace Keeping Forces to abandon ship, which they promptly did.

No country, that's right no country came to Israel's aid. The world just watched and waited to see the young Jewish State destroyed, but G-d had other plans.

Considering that the 5th of Iyyar is Israeli Independence Day, and the 28th of Iyyar is Jerusalem Day, both between Passover which celebrates our Biblical exodus from slavery to Pharaoh in Egypt and Shavuot the Holiday celebrating G-d's giving us the Torah, the foundation of Judaism, I'd say that supports the idea that the Omer period is  "*a kind of "Hol Ha'mo'ed" in between the two festivals of Pesah and Shavuot."

This should all be another reminder to us that we're not in charge. G-d is, and we should praise and thank G-d at all opportunities and occasions. Yes, that includes saying Hallel with a blessing on Israeli Independence Day.

Shiloh is among the Biblical sites liberated in the 1967 Six Days War

What are the ideas expressed in Hallel? The Gemara (the Rabbinic debates on the Mishnah) tells us that Hallel includes five major themes (Pesachim 118a)1. The Exodus from Egypt2. The splitting of the Red Sea3. The giving of the Torah4. The revival of the dead5. The difficulties preceding the Messianic Age In other words, Hallel deals with all of Jewish history from the birth of our nation to the establishment of the Messianic Era. In Hallel we express our joy at past miracles and our faith in future miracles.http://www.myjewishlearning.com/texts/Liturgy_and_Prayers/Siddur_Prayer_Book/Shabbat_and_Holiday_Prayers/Hallel.shtml 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Shiloh HaKeduma, Tel Shiloh, Events, Passover and Rosh Chodesh

Shiloh, where the ancient משכן Mishkan, Tabernacle had stood for almost four hundred years and was the pilgrimage site for the Jewish People, is again alive with Jewish visitors and Jewish Prayers. In recent years there has been a big festival at Shilo Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh, every Passover and Succot Chol Hamoed with lots of activities, crafts, street theater, tours etc. for all ages. And every Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month, women gather to pray together.

Since people have been asking me what's planned for this Passover, which is soon, only next week, here's the official poster:


If you can't understand the Hebrew, it'll be Wednesday and Thursday 16-17/4 from 9am to 6pm. The photos will give you a good idea of the sorts of activities offered. There's usually a way to go by chartered bus from all over the country, so call the number on the poster for more information.

And since by the time Pesach is over, it's almost the end of the month of Nissan, I'd like to remind women that they are invited to join our Rosh Chodesh Prayer Group.


Next month is Iyar, and we have special plans for a brunch after the prayers at the Tel Shiloh, You'll have to reserve for the brunch (email shilohmuse at gmail dot com subject Rosh Chodesh Iyar) so we know for how many to prepare, but the prayers don't need reservations.

Women's Prayers at Tel ShilohRosh Chodesh Iyar
Thursday, May 1, 2014
1st of Iyar 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשיםראש חודש אייר בתל שילה
יום ה' 1-5 א' אייר תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות
Mark your calendar, and join us.

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.


This isn't a "women's minyan," although we do sing the Hallel prayer out-loud together.


Shiloh is a popular tourist site and recognized by all authorities as the actual location of the Biblical Shiloh. It was at Shiloh where the Biblical Hannah successfully prayed for a son. He was the Prophet Samuel, who was instrumental in transitioning the Jewish People, first a tribal nation, into a kingdom and anointed the first two Jewish Kings, Saul and David.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Two Week Countdown to Passover, Chodesh Nissan Tov!

Tomorrow is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, the first of the Jewish Month of Nissan, which also commemorates the very first Mitzvah, Commandment G-d gave to the People of Israel as a nation.
Nissan is the first month on the Jewish calendar. Before the Jews left Egypt, on the first day of the month of Nissan, G‑d told Moses and Aaron: “This chodesh(new moon, or month) shall be to you the head of months.”4 Thus the peculiarity of the Jewish calendar: the year begins on Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the month of Tishrei (the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve), but Tishrei is not the first month. Rosh Hashanah is actually referred to in the Torah as “the first day of the seventh month.”5
G-d willing, I'll be joining with a number of women from all over the country to pray together at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.


I've been doing this for many years already. Shiloh is a very traditional place for prayer in Jewish History and tradition, especially for women. There is a very well-known story in the Bible about Chana (Hannah) who prayed there for a son. This son was not to be for her personal maternal needs. She prayed for a son who would be apprenticed to the Priests in the Mishkan, Tabernacle at Shiloh and then lead the Jewish People to the next stage, when he would anoint a king.

Chana's son Shmuel, Samuel, was born after she had prayed in Shiloh. He was trained by Eli the High Priest and then ended up anointing not only the first king, Saul, but King David, too. King David's dynasty is the most important in Jewish History. The Moshiach, Messiah will come from his descendants.

Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers are every Rosh Chodesh, 8:30am at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh. We don't do a "women's minyan," but we do sing the Hallel Prayer together. We also tour the archaeological site and hear Divrei Torah, Torah lessons. More information can be found on this blog, Shiloh Musings.



Shiloh Hakeduma is the actual site of the Biblical Shiloh. You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Adar Confusion, Looks Like Sh'vat

This year the Jewish Months are rather confusing.  We had the fall and winter Jewish Holidays falling the earliest possible on the general solar calendar, and now although it's officially the month of (the First) Adar Alef, it looks, according to the trees and other vegetation,  just like Shevat the previous month.




The almond blossoms are blooming!  It'll soon be TU (the 15th of) b'Adar Alef, and it looks more it's almost like TU (the 15th of) Shvat.


השקדיה פורחת מילים: ישראל דושמןלחן: מנשה רבינאקיים ביצוע לשיר זה 
השקדיה פורחת ושמש פז זורחת, צפורים מראש כל גג מבשרות את בוא החג. 
ט"ו בשבט הגיע חג לאילנות. ט"ו בשבט הגיע חג לאילנות. 
הארץ משוועת הגיעה עת לטעת, כל אחד יקח לו עץ באתים נצא חוצץ. 
ט"ו בשבט הגיע...
 “Hashkediya Porachat” The almond tree is blooming and the golden sun is shining,
birds atop each roof brush (bless) the arrival of the festival.Tu bishvat has arrived (it’s) the festival of trees.Tu bishvat has arrived (it’s) the festival of trees.The land is crying out the time of planting has arrivedeach person shall take a tree we’ll stride out with spades.Tu bishvat has arrived…We planted every hill and valley, From Dan to Beer – Sheva:And our land we will return and inherit -A land of refined fresh olive oil (Yitzhar) and honey.Tu bishvat has arrived…

It makes me wonder why Chazal, our sages, didn't decide to consider the extra month as a second Shevat instead of a second Adar.

At least the Purim Holiday and all other special days, such as yartzeits that happened in Adar when there's only one are observed in Adar Bet.  Adar Bet is the real Adar.  Only events, like yartzeits and birthdays (for Bar/bat mitzvah) that happened originally in Adar Alef are commemorated/celebrated in the first Adar.  

And if you're curious about when Purim will be, especially since Passover is a month later, Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet is a double and approaching rapidly.  Sunday March 2 (the 30th of Adar Alef) and Monday March 3, which will be the first of Adar Bet.

We'll be doing our Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh on the 1st of Adar Bet, Monday, March 3, G-d willing.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Adar Bet

Monday, March 3, 2014
1st of Adar Bet 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors


תפילת נשים
ראש חודש אדר ב' בתל שילה


יום ב' 3-3 א' אדר ב' תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Mark your calendar, and join us.  
You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.



Sunday, December 22, 2013

Soon to be Sh'vat, Expect a Long Winter on The Jewish Calendar

The Jewish Calendar, as I've mentioned many times, is brilliant.  It's a strictly lunar calendar which also manages to be accurate according to the seasons, unlike the Moslem one.  The solar calendar is accurate according to seasons and is longer than the twelve month lunar calendar.  This year and last, the Jewish Holidays came out rather "early" according to the secular/goyish calendar. And that will be made up this year by adding another month of Adar hereby extending our winter by a month.
The Jewish calendar is based on three astronomical phenomena: the rotation of the Earth about its axis (a day); the revolution of the moon about the Earth (a month); and the revolution of the Earth about the sun (a year). These three phenomena are independent of each other, so there is no direct correlation between them. On average, the moon revolves around the Earth in about 29½ days. The Earth revolves around the sun in about 365¼ days, that is, about 12.4 lunar months.
The civil calendar used by most of the world has abandoned any correlation between the moon cycles and the month, arbitrarily setting the length of months to 28, 30 or 31 days.
The Jewish calendar, however, coordinates all three of these astronomical phenomena. Months are either 29 or 30 days, corresponding to the 29½-day lunar cycle. Years are either 12 or 13 months, corresponding to the 12.4 month solar cycle...
n the fourth century, Hillel II established a fixed calendar based on mathematical and astronomical calculations. This calendar, still in use, standardized the length of months and the addition of months over the course of a 19 year cycle, so that the lunar calendar realigns with the solar years. Adar I is added in the 3rd, 6th, 8th, 11th, 14th, 17th and 19th years of the cycle. The current cycle began in Jewish year 5758 (the year that began October 2, 1997). If you are musically inclined, you may find it helpful to remember this pattern of leap years by reference to the major scale: for each whole step there are two regular years and a leap year; for each half-step there is one regular year and a leap year. This is easier to understand when you examine the keyboard illustration below and see how it relates to the leap years above.
Keyboard illustrating pattern of leap years

We're now in the month of Tevet, and like a good Tevet it has been cold.  We have even had a record-breaking snowstorm-blizzard.  A full week plus after the snow stopped falling, it still hasn't fully melted in Shiloh which is unprecedented.


One of the amazing things about the timing of the blizzard is that it took place in the middle of Tevet.  The middle of a Jewish/lunar month is when the moon is fullest, so even though there was no electricity for quite a few days, there was light at night.

Time flies, when you're as busy as I've been, and suddenly I realize that I have to remind everyone that Rosh Chodesh is coming very soon, like late next week.  And Rosh Chodesh for me is going to pray at Shiloh HaKedumah, Tel Shiloh, where the Mishkan, Holy Tabernacle stood in Biblical times.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Shvat

Thursday, January 2, 2014
First of Shvat 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors



תפילת נשים
ראש חודש שבט בתל שילה


יום ה' 2-1 א' שבט תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

My Dream for Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh

Many years ago when I first decided to invite Jewish women from all over to join me every Rosh Chodesh to pray at Shiloh Hakeduma, the site where the Mishkan, Taberncale rested in Ancient Biblical Shiloh I expected, just took for granted that within a short time, months or just a few years, women would be flocking from all over the Jewish World to pray with us every month.


I don't get paid for this.  It's just something I feel I should do.  It started when I would get annoyed, even frightened at the pushing and shoving I'd see among men trying to get onto buses to Kever Rachel, Rachel's Tomb.
Why weren't people clamoring to get to the site of the Mishkan?
I think that the location where the Holy Mishkan sat for 369 years has a holiness that certainly rivals if not passes that of a dead body, especially when many experts say that Rachel isn't even buried there.  There are those who say that the real tomb is north of Jerusalem, southeast of Adam.

From what I hear from women who would like to come but don't is that they need easier transportation. They'd like a bus to take them specially once a month, if not more frequently.  Thousands and thousands of women show up every year for the Women's TU B'Av event and the T'fillat Chanah which is held every year before Rosh Hashannah.


I don't envision the monthly Rosh Chodesh Prayers as so massive, though there's space and it would be wonderful if thousands of women would come every month on the traditional women's holiday.

Today I saw something that really has me dreaming.  I'd like one for Shiloh Hakeduma.

special bus service to Kever Rachel
Maybe some day...
In the meantime, next Rosh Chodesh is very soon.  It's during Chanukah.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tevet
Wednesday, December 4, 2013
First of Tevet 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים
ראש חודש טבת בתל שילה
יום ד' 4-12 א' טבת תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

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There will also be activities and street theater there run by the tourist center over Chanukah, 29-11, 1-12, 2-12.  For more information and general information about Shiloh Hakeduma email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Rain or Shine, Rosh Chodesh Tevet Prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh

So far we've been having a dangerously dry winter here in the Holy-Land. We're a week into the Jewish Month of Kislev, and it has rained just for just minutes and just a few times.  Some of this year's rains were so light, you could almost count the drops.

Rain is one of the things we must pray to G-d for. If G-d replies "no," then I won't be all that surprised. G-d must be pretty angry considering what the Israeli Government has been doing, playing up to foreign leaders instead of solidifying our sovereignty in this precious holy Land.

I wonder what the weather was when the Biblical Chana came with her husband Elkana to pray at the Mishkan, Tabernacle in Shiloh.  Was the earth parched like it is now?  Is that one of the reasons she asked G-d for a son who would dedicate his life to serving the Jewish People.  Chana lived during the time of Shoftim, Judges.  It was a time of anarchy, when people did what they wanted and ignored G-d's commandments.

For the past few years, I've been going to pray every Rosh Chodesh (the beginning of the Jewish Month) at that Biblical site, where Chana had prayed.   Rosh Chodesh Tevet is only a few weeks away.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Tevet

Wednesday, December 4, 2013
First of Tevet 5774, 8:30am
Tour of Tel Shiloh & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors



תפילת נשים
ראש חודש טבת בתל שילה


יום ד' 4-12 א' טבת תשע"ד 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
 כדאי לבוא ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email visit@telshilo.org.il  or phone 02-994-4019.