Friday, September 2, 2011

Starting Elul and Ending The Jewish Year at Tel Shiloh

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. 

The stones came alive as Miryam told us about how they indicate ancient life in Shiloh.  She pointed out rooms, doorways and the bedrock. 

There were many pieces of old, ancient Biblical pottery which remained from the time when the Jewish People came to the Mishkan, the Tabernacle in Shiloh.  It was forbidden to reuse dishware that had been used for holy sacrifices.  They had to be destroyed, the original "disposable dishes."  That's why there are so many pottery shards at Tel Shiloh.

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.

Tourists come from all over the world to Tel Shiloh. For more information about visiting Tel Shiloh email or call 02-994-4019.

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