Last week we celebrated Rosh Chodesh Shevat,the beginning of the Jewish month of Shevat, which is the last month of winter on the Jewish Calendar in Israel. Jewish Holidays are very Land and season oriented. That's another proof of our intrinsic connection to the Land of Israel.
Spring is definitely in the air, as the saying goes. All around Shiloh we can see the beautiful wild flowers. G-d has so far been very good and generous to us this winter. We've had rain, snow and cold weather, which is what we need for sufficient water and agriculture.
Rosh Chodesh is traditionally considered the "Women's Holiday," which is why it's such an important time for women to pray together. That's why I instituted the group prayers at Shiloh Hakeduma, Tel Shiloh.
Next Rosh Chodesh is Adar, the Month of Joy. It's the month when threats become blessings, and the days begin to get very long. It's the month of Purim, the holiday when G-d controls the game of chance.
You can visit the holy site of Shiloh almost anytime, Sunday-Friday noon. Guided tours can be arranged through the Shiloh HaKeduma, Ancient Shiloh office. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02-994-4019.
Have a wonderful and blessed month. May the rain be a blessing for all, G-d willing.