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Monday, March 26, 2012

Tel Shiloh, AKA Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh

The Tel Shiloh tourist office has a new name, Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh.  I got an email telling me to stop calling it Tel Shiloh.  Actually, I disagree.  The location is Tel Shiloh, but the tourist enterprise is Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh.  At least that's how I see it.

But whatever you want to call it, that's OK as long as you remember that it's the very same site/location where the Mishkan, Holy Tabernacle rested for 369 years, after the Jewish People entered the Land G-d promised us.  Shiloh was our first Capitol City.  Shiloh, yes the archaeologists agree that this really is the site of Ancient Shiloh, was our spiritual and administrative capitol, where Jews came for Holiday pilgrimages and prayers.  It's where Biblical Chana prayed for a son and then her son Samuel, studied until the destruction.

For the past few years I've been going there every Rosh Chodesh, beginning of the Jewish (lunar) month to pray with other women.  Next month's prayers will be:

The Rosh Chodesh Iyyar Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Sunday, April 22, 2012 8:30am
Shiur Torah, Short Tour & Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים ראש חודש אייר בתל שילה
יום א' 22-4 8:30
יהיו סיור ודבר תורה קצרים
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

You're welcome to join our facebook page. Tel Shiloh is open to visitors daily. Tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email telshilo@gmail.com or phone 02-994-4019.

There will be special programs for people of all ages during Chol HaMoed (intermediate days of) Passover.  I don't yet have the details.  When I do I'll post them.  You can contact the office for more information.  Tel Shiloh has new paths and is more accessible for those who have trouble walking.


Miryam said...

Yesterday we had a wonderful walk along the new path and saw the foundations for the new observation tower and visitors center. Tel Shilo may be ancient, but there are new things happening there all the time. Come and see for yourselves... and then come back and see some more!

Patricia Johnson said...

Dear B.,
Would you please explain to me why G-d moved HIS place from Shiloh to Jerusalem?
Patricia Johnson

Batya said...

Miryam, yes, thanks so true.

Patricia, Shiloh was the preparation for the Jewish People to get ready for a King and a permanant home in Jerusalem.