There seems to be a problem with sitemeter's recording of "hits" to this blog. I think it's showing fewer or at great delay. If it's correct, then what's the point of blogging here?
Now for some good things:
First, it was pointed out by my neighbor, Rav Dov Berkovits, how miraculous the blossoming trees are this year, considering that the rainfall has been less than minimal.
Yesterday was the day I had planned for our Women's Rosh Chodesh (start of the Jewish New Month, which is based on the lunar calendar) Prayers at Tel Shiloh. I had been very sick the day before and knew that if I was up to going, it could only be if I got a ride. So the night before called a neighbor who usually goes and by car; she had other plans.
So I sent out an announcement to the Shiloh email list. Nobody called or replied. Then I called another neighbor who said that she wasn't sure and would call me if she was going.
Throughout the early morning, I got calls from yet another neighbor who needed a ride and promised to call if someone offered. But nobody called, so I dovened Shacharit, prayed the morning prayer, and was about to hang the wash when the doorbell rang.
Yes, a ride. So I had her call the waiting neighbor while I got a few things I needed. Then we went down to the Tel. We found other neighbors already there and one joined us.
It was beautiful. I could have taken pictures all morning, but my driving neighbor was in a hurry and didn't have time.
So we went to the spot many believe had been the location of the Mishkan, Tabernacle, and prayed the "Hallel" prayer together out loud and then Musaf, the added prayer for holidays. And then we rode back up.
Earlier in the week we attended a wedding. a lovely young couple from different countries a each of a combination of Jewish ethnic backgrounds.