Yes, the modern State of Israel is only sixty-five 65 years old, but there wouldn't be a State of Israel if there hadn't been such a long, continuous connected and well documented Jewish History.
The Bible, Tanach, is both a history and theology book. It explains the very foundation of the Jewish People starting with G-d's creation of the world, separating light from darkness, Genesis Chapter 1 בְּרֵאשִׁית.
The first Jew was Abraham, who heard and acted on G-d's message, Genesis Chapter 12 בְּרֵאשִׁית:
And the Bible continues by chronicling the ups and downs of the Jewish People, their difficulties, victories, disasters and triumphs.
One of the greatest events in Jewish History is when Joshua established Shiloh as the Jewish spiritual and administrative capital of the Jewish Nation. The Mishkan, Tabernacle, mobile house of worship, was rebuilt in Shiloh to withstand hundreds of years of use. Shiloh remained the capital for three hundred and sixty-nine 369 years. That's a very long time. How many modern countries can document a national history so long? As my neighbor, the well-known tour guide Era Rapaport has been heard to point out, "the United States has a much shorter history."
|Shiloh's Central Mishkan Synagogue, designed according to the Biblical description of the Mishkan, tabernacle.|
As you most probably know, I live in Shiloh. Shiloh was liberated in the 1967 Six Days War. Just over ten years after that great, miraculous victory, the first Jewish families returned to Shiloh, and since then it has been growing and thriving. We have hundreds of families, schools, shops, health clinics, public transportation, agriculture, industry and all that one needs to live good Jewish lives.
Shiloh, at the time of Joshua, who led the Jewish People once they entered the Promised Land, did not need to be conquered. Either the locals had fled before Joshua entered or they welcomed him. We don't know. But what we do know about today's Shiloh is that it was totally empty, deserted long before the Six Days War. It had only attracted the occasional pilgrim, tourist and archeologist.
|remains of ruins of a synagogue built on the ruins of a Second Temple time synagogue|
Shiloh HaKeduma, at Tel Shiloh. You can arrange tours and events there by emailing email@example.com or call 02-994-4019. They have been running a very popular festival for people of all ages every Passover and Succot, plus a massive women's event every summer. Contact Shiloh HaKeduma for more information.
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
ראש חודש סיון בתל שילה
יום ו' 10-5 א' סיון תשע"ג 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
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