Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Pilgrimage to Shiloh, Like in Ancient Days

Centuries before Jews trekked to Jerusalem for prayer, Jewish pilgrims came to the Mishkan Tabernacle in Shiloh to pray to G-d on chaggim, holidays and whenever they could.  Yes, the Shiloh where I live is the same Shiloh, which was the spiritual and administrative Capital of the Jewish Nation for almost four hundred years, from the time of Joshua until Shmuel Hanavi, Samuel the Prophet.

We were provided with an
excellent tour guide.
Yesterday,  a group of women came from all over Israel to visit and pray at the ancient site, Shiloh HaKeduma, Tel Shiloh.  They have been in touch with me via social media, mostly facebook, and we have been planning this trip for months.

outside a local store
They traveled from various parts of the country by bus and car for the opportunity to pray where Chana prayed and see the modern Jewish community that has grown on the same site where our ancestors lived and visited.

No doubt that it was due to the holiness of the spot, but everyone managed to find the strength and agility to hike all over Tel Shiloh.


The highlight, of course, was the chance to pray and say T'hillim, Psalms to G-d in the very spot most experts, archeologists and Biblical scholars believe the Mishkan had once stood.

Everyone agreed that the visit was spiritually exhilarating, despite all their time traveling.

Joe Bazer's Biblical Flutes
Afterwards, we spent some time in the Visitors Center, where you can buy drinks, snacks, local crafts and souvenirs, including  wine and olive oil from the area.

Pilgrims can't leave hungry, especially Jewish pilgrims to Shiloh.  The last stop of the group was the local dairy restaurant, pizza place, where everyone ordered a delicious meal, and we even skyped with a member of the group who presently lives abroad.  Thank G-d for modern technology.  Of course, the entire group is due to modern technology, internet and social media.  Almost all of us are writers, bloggers and photographers, so there should be more posts in various sites and blogs in the internet about this visit.

For information about Shiloh HaKeduma, Tel Shiloh, contact or call 02-994-4019.  They cater to both groups and individual visitors besides running large public events during Jewish Holidays.

Women are invited to join me for Rosh Chodesh Prayers at Shiloh HaKeduma at Tel Shiloh.  The next one will be:
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Sivan
Friday, May 10, 2013
1 Sivan 5773, 8:30am
Tour of Tel & Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors

תפילת נשים
ראש חודש סיון בתל שילה

יום ו' 10-5 א' סיון תשע"ג 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות


rutimizrachi said...

Lovely travelogue post! And so great to see my gals! Thank you, Batya.

Lady-Light said...

Hey, I think that lady is skyping with ME! (and please forgive me, but I don't remember who she is ; I met so many ladies today!)

Lady-Light said...

I thought I commented but I don't see it here. Oh well, maybe it was on FB!
Just an FYI to let you know that I blogged about my Skyping during the Shiloh trip on my blog Tikkun Olam. Hope the link works. Did it from memory (and I'm out of practice). Please can you send it to everyone who was on the trip?
Thanks for the opportunity!

Batya said...

Ruti, LL, we missed you. Hugs

Leah, Maaleh Adumim said...

just beautiful!

also - when you wrote "Everyone agreed that the visit was spiritually exhilarating, despite all their time traveling."

I know what you meant - i.e., despite all the time they had spent, in travelling to get there.

but the sentence has a double meaning. it could also refer to - "despite all their time-travelling" - their travelling back in time, which is what a visit to Tel Shiloh actually is! :)

Yasher koach!

Netivotgirl said...

This visit was one of the most memorable days in my 36 years of living in Eretz Yisrael. The scenery was breathtaking; the explanation by Frannie from Eli were moving and the f2f was beautiful! Beautiful blog post and thanks for all of your hard work to make our day in Shiloh so incredibly special!!

Tofaette said...

I was just a beautiful, magical, spiritual day! Thanks Batya for putting together such a great itinerary.

Batya said...

Leah, thanks for the interesting comments. I appreciate it. It really was a lovely day.
Tofaette and netivotgirl, my pleasure,
I'm so pleased at how wonderfully the day worked out.