Jewish women fighting over how one should pray at the Kotel, but davka, it's Shiloh which is the most ancient place for Jewish women's prayers. It was at Shiloh where the Biblical Chanah, Hannah, had successfully prayed for a son. Her mode of silent prayer, while obviously mouthing the words has been adopted by Jewish sages as the correct way to pray.
When I'm at Tel Shiloh and hear the traffic below, my mind goes to Biblical Eli, the Priest, who educated Chana's much awaited son Shmuel, and how he heard the hullabaloo of the unnamed runner arriving with the news of the capture of the Aron HaBrit, Holy Ark and the death of Eli's sons. No doubt the sounds traveled up to Eli, HaKohen, like today's modern traffic can be heard by us.
It's easy to imagine Shiloh as a busy administrative and spiritual center when you see the large jugs that have been found by the archeologists. Not only did Jews live here, but pilgrims came on the Jewish Holidays and all year long to pray.
Next month, G-d willing we'll be back at Shiloh HaKeduma to pray, again, together.
Rosh Chodesh Tammuz
ראש חודש תמוז בתל שילה
יום א' 9-6 א' תמוז תשע"ג 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות