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Friday, January 6, 2012

Building, Jerusalem, Shiloh, Now and Biblical Times

Forty years ago when we lived in Bayit v'Gan, Jerusalem, my father was impressed.  There was so much building going on in Jerusalem compared to Long Island, New York.  And when he lived with us two years ago, he loved walking around our Shiloh neighborhood admiring the new houses under construction.

Our Bayit v'Gan apartment had an amazing view over most of Jerusalem.  We could see buildings sprout before our eyes.  When we moved in the shikunei elef Hebrew University Givat Ram dorms were naked, bare rectangles marring the landscape, but by the time we moved to Shiloh, ten years later, they were well camouflaged in green to match the landscape.  The "Omariya plot" only got one of the giant towers which had been planned for it.  The valley between Bayit v'Gan and Beit HaKerem was empty; off to the right we could see the tiny Givat Mordechai and the orchards between it and HU.  I could watch my children play in the nearby playground from the kitchen merpeset.  There was an empty lot between us.  The year we decided to look for a yishuv, everything began to change, especially when they built an apartment house in the empty lot.

In Jerusalem birds now compete with heavy, high building apparatus, and enormous building projects are changing the landscape.  I walk a lot in Jerusalem and have to replace landmarks in my memory to navigate around.

The house being built across the street from us changes daily.  I can't wait until I see neighbors actually living in it.

During recent Rosh Chodesh (monthly) visits to Tel Shiloh for prayers, Miryam Blum, of Eli, regales us with information she "sees" from the ancient stones, building blocks all over the site.

Next month's Women's Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Tel Shiloh, (please publicize, thanks):

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Sh'vat
Wednesday, January 25, 2011
Shiur Torah, Short Tour & Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים
ראש חודש שבט בתל שילה
יום ד' 25-1 8:30
יהיו סיור ודבר תורה קצרים
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

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