Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Like A "Virtual" Elkana, I Invite You To Shiloh

The Biblical book of Samuel starts with the story of Elkana, who wandered around the HolyLand, recruiting Jews/Hebrews to trek to Shiloh for prayers. For the past few months, I've been utilizing the internet to invite women to pray here in Shiloh. I'm certainly no Elkana. I'm just a wife, mother, grandmother who davka lives in Shiloh.

It never ceases to amaze me to hear from others how as soon as they got to Shiloh, they knew that they had to live here. Obviously, it's not a universal reaction or there would be thousands and thousand of residents. Also, some people don't act on their feelings. Chazal, our Sages, say that it's not that Avraham Avinu, Our Forefather Abraham, was the first person G-d spoke to about going to "the Land I will show you," it's just that he was the first one to listen and obey.

Yesterday, when my friends and I talking about the aura we feel in Shiloh, we discussed the expanse of Land which it covers. It's not like going to some tomb we must touch, or the Kotel, the Western Wall. Some of us "feel Shiloh" from the area of Tapuach to the north, just west of Ariel and south until Waadi Charamiya.

Tel Shiloh

Yes, Shiloh was the Capital City of pre-Jerusalem Biblical History. We feel privileged to be living in such a richly spiritual place. So, here in Shiloh we prayed for our Nation, our families.

Tel Shiloh, Women's Prayers

Tel Shiloh, Mid-Summer

G-d willing, on Sunday, August 31, Rosh Chodesh Ellul, 9:45am, we'll be back together at Tel Shiloh. Please try to join us.

Tel Shiloh is open for visitors at all times. For more information call the Tourist Office, 02-994-4019.

Picnic Tables Near Tel Shiloh

There is, also, a Coffee Shop--Gallery. Snacks, photos, art work and souvenirs are for sale. Meals for groups can be arranged.

Tel Shiloh,  Tabernacle Coffee Shop and Artists Gallery


Anonymous said...


I'm trying out internet rimon and it's blocking the pictures in this post as well as the main banner.

Batya said...

You're lucky you can comment. None of this is obscene, except to those who find a picture of any woman forbidden. Is there a "lighter" rimon?

Anonymous said...

I'm trying out the different levels of filter, but it's not supposed to remove pictures of people unless they are showing too much skin at the lower levels. I assume that the pictures are located on a site that is problematic so all have been banned. I sent a question to them. Bli neder, I'll get back to you with a reply.

Batya said...

josh, if these pictures don't show, then you have some perverse filter on your computer. They must think the chairs are anorexic models.

Anonymous said...

"Some of us "feel Shiloh" from the area of Tapuach to the north, just west of Ariel and south until Waadi Charamiya."

I remember hearing that there is an ancient wall build on the hills surrounding Shiloh, indicating the furthest place you could go and still see the mishkan, i.e. still be allowed to eat korbanot. Is this true and does it match the boundaries you are suggesting?

Batya said...

Those boundries are smaller. These are an hour's walk for a fast walker.