Progress moves quickly here in the HolyLand. I've seen it in the thirty years we've been in Shiloh and the forty-one years we've been in Israel.
|Photo by Miriam Feyga Bunimovich|
Last night I attended the Celebrations for Shiloh's 34th "Birthday." Maybe "birthday" is the wrong word, because Shiloh as a Jewish City wasn't born thirty-four years ago. It was born thousands of years ago when Joshua established it as the Capital City of the Jewish People and the Kohanim brought the Mishkan Tabernacle to rest here. Shiloh retained that status for 369 years. The modern Jewish return is thirty-four years old, but it's foolish, especially in the PR sense, to call it a "birthday."
The first part of the evening was a chidon, quiz contest, which pitted the youth against the adults, trivia, history, Bible, culture all mixed and connected to Shiloh. Just as I walked in, admittedly late, I heard the game m.c. announcing that the answer is אלדד ומידדת Eldad u'Medad, and then he called out:
"Are the Medad's here?"
I had planned on entering rather discretely, and just the opposite occurred. G-d has a sense of humor; that's for sure. So I played along and cheerfully waved to my neighbors.
This year's theme was getting the know our neighbors. Shiloh isn't the small community it was when we came. Now there are many people living here whom I don't know at all. I've made my peace with the reality that that's the way it should be. It's important that we've grown to a size that makes it pretty impossible to know everyone.
I must admit that my neighbors are pretty talented. Here you can see some of the artwork done by neighbors. The entertainment was home-grown, too.
Re: Blowin' in the Wind. You can easily interpret it to ask how many years until people recognize that we Jews have all the right in the world to be here.