Centuries before Jews trekked to Jerusalem for prayer, Jewish pilgrims came to the Mishkan Tabernacle in Shiloh to pray to God 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.
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.
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.
The highlight, of course, was the chance to pray and say T’hillim, Psalms to God, in the very spot most experts, archaeologists and Biblical scholars believe the Mishkan had once stood.
Everyone agreed that the visit was spiritually exhilarating, despite all their time traveling.
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 God 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 02-994-4019. They cater to both groups and individual visitors besides running large public events during Jewish Holidays.
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