Saturday, October 13, 2012

I Chose Tuesday

Let's see who can guess what the choice was about...

For those who live according to the Jewish Calendar, both this coming Tuesday and Wednesday are considered Rosh Chodesh (the first day/days of the Jewish Month of) Cheshvan.  When we have a two-day Rosh Chodesh, the first is actually the last day of the previous month, in our case Tishrei, and the second one is the first of the new month.

According to Jewish Custom, Rosh Chodesh is the WOMEN'S HOLIDAY.  And to celebrate, I like to visit a very nearby, very holy spot, Tel Shiloh the location of the Biblical Tabernacle, Mishkan,  the forerunner of the Beit HaMikdash, Holy Temple in Jerusalem. 

Even though the Mishkan  was constructed to be temporary, it was in use for about four hundred years.  At first it was built to be portable.  The Jewish People transported it while wandering in the wilderness for forty years.  But to be perfectly honest, most of those forty years were pretty sedentary...

After entering the Promised Land and conquering it, Joshua established shiloh as the religious, spiritual and administrative capital of the Jewish Nation.  The Mishkan  was set up on a large flat piece of land, overlooking the Derech Avot, Path of Our Patriarchs, which stretches north-south, from Shechem to Beersheva.

I'm part of a group of women who come to that spot, here in Shiloh where  live, to pray every Rosh Chodesh.

Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
30 Tishrei 5773 8:30am
Tour of Tel  Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson
Please come and invite family, friends and neighbors
תפילת נשים
ראש חודש חשון בתל שילה
יום ג' 16-10 ל' תשרי תשע"ג 8:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצר וסיור בתל
נא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות

Please publicize this and join us if you can.  The Tel, Shiloh HaKeduma, is open for tourists and groups.  Call 02-994-4019.

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