Sunday, September 21, 2008

Free To Travel Our Land

Immediately after the 1967 Six Days War, we Jews/Israelis were perfectly safe wandering around our historical Homeland. The Arabs respected and feared us. The were surprised that we didn't send them packing, or send them off without their possessions.

Once they realized that the government was embarrassed by our great victory and wanted to give them what we won in a fair war, when we were defending the very existence of our country, defending our lives, they began to attack. And since then, with every "peace concession," our security situation has gotten worse.

So, I was rather amused by this ynet article about the recent increase in Israeli tourism in Judea and Samaria.

Living here in Shiloh is nothing like what people who don't visit imagine. This is no "protest campsite." Jews have been back living in Shiloh for thirty years, going on 31 to be precise. We have schools, stores, a swimming pool, homes, gardens and bli eyin haraa bus service.

This past year, I've initiated Women's Private Prayers (not a faux male minyon) on Rosh Chodesh. Women are coming from all over Israel to pray where Chana did in Biblical times. The next one can't be on Rosh Chodesh, because Rosh Chodesh is Rosh Hashannah, so it will be on the following week. Tuesday, October 7th, the 8th of Tishrei, just before Yom Kippur. We will meet at 9:45 am at the Tabernacle Gallery Cafe`, Tel Shiloh, where you can get a snack or buy souvenirs or gift items.

Of course, tourists are always welcome at the Tel. For more information, contact the tourist office 02-994-4019.

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