We had a very special Rosh Chodesh Elul at Tel Shiloh. Women from Shiloh and Eli, who originated in a number of different countries, at least five according to my count, got together for Rosh Chodesh prayers, a tour, Dvar Torah and a snack organized by Miryam Blum, of Eli, in memory of her father.
Shiloh was the Capital City of the Jewish Nation for 369 years from the time of Joshua, after the exodus from Egypt, until David became King. Biblical scholars and experts all agree that Biblical Shiloh was the same location as modern Shiloh where I live. I've been calling on women to come to pray here for the past few years.
It was in Shiloh where the Biblical Chana successfully prayed for a son. The Jewish Laws of Prayer are derived from how she prayed.
The Jewish Month of Elul precedes Rosh Hashannah and Yom Kippur; it's traditionally a time of introspection and Teshuva, Repentance. Next Rosh Chodesh is the Holiday of Rosh Hashannah, so we won't be having our special prayers together. The following month will be Cheshvan. We'll, G-d willing meet at Tel Shiloh, Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan, 30th of Tishrei, 5772, Friday October 28, 2011, 9:30am.