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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

      Shiloh Musings



      Nissan 1, 5768, 4/6/2008

      Celebrating The Month of Miracles

      Again we went to Tel Shiloh to celebrate Rosh Chodesh, the beginning of the Jewish Month. For the past few months, my friends and I have been going to Tel Shiloh, where we can still sense the Biblical Chana's spirit and the fragrance of the finely blended Ketoret, which was used during worship in the Tabernacle. Last month, Rosh Chodesh Adar Sheini, we were impressed by the abundance of pink almond blossoms. Today, on the first of the Jewish month of Nissan, the dominant color is green. Tel Shiloh Green After the winter rains we can see the promise of fruit, Tel Shiloh, Pomegranate Bud delicate butterflies and more.

       Tel Shiloh Butterfly--Look Carefully


      We weren't alone at the Tel.

       Tel Shiloh Visitors

      We looked at the remains of the ancient Shiloh Tel Shiloh Dug Out Tel Shiloh Over-Grown "Dig" and wonder if we're standing where Chana stood when she prayed to G-d for a son. Alone in our prayers, we can feel G-d listening and offering comfort. Tel Shiloh rosh Chodesh Prayers

      And then we go back to the "everyday" life.

      Tel Shiloh is open to visitors, not only our Rosh Chodesh group. For information, call 02-994-4019.

      And if you want to go with us next Rosh Chodesh, we'll welcome you gladly. The first day of Rosh Chodesh Iyyar, Monday, May 5, 9:45am. We'll meet at the Tabernacle Gallery-Beit Cafe`, near Tel Shiloh.

      Chodesh Nissan Tov and A Chag Pesach, Kasher v'Sameach!

      Have a good Month of Nissan and a Happy and Kosher Passover Tel Shiloh Nature