Thursday, July 23, 2009

Real Prayers, Fake War

Yesterday was Rosh Chodesh Menachem-Av, and an international group of us went to pray at Tel Shiloh. We were a few thousand years too late to pray with Chana, of Bible fame, but we could feel the same magic, the same spirit and smell remnants of the Ketoret which burnt for almost four hundred years in the Mishkan, the Tabernacle at Shiloh.

To our surprise we came upon some young campers, all geared for "paintball," a fake war game.

It may seem absurd to some, but for us and the Jewish children growing up here, Shiloh is a real home, vibrant and dynamic. We don't live in some sort of petrified museum.

Our children run among the same hills as our ancestors. The path that Yosef took on his way to his brothers or David to his are the childhood geography of a new generation of Jews.

G-d gave us this Land for living, not to give away.

We have Women's Prayers every Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month. Contact for details.

For tourist information about Tel Shiloh, either email or call 02-994-4019.

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