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:
Sivan 2, 5768, 6/5/2008
Yesterday we went to Tel Shiloh. We were women from Rechovot, the Golan, Jerusalem, Eli and
Chana prayed for a son who would be dedicated to G-d, trained to lead the Jewish People. We, too, pray for a leader.
Shiloh. We were born in Israel, Europe, North and South America. Since it was Rosh Chodesh Sivan, the first day of the Jewish Month, we said the Hallel Prayer together and then each of us prayed privately, overlooking where Biblical Chana poured out her heart to G-d. The Jewish Laws of Prayer are derived from how Chana prayed, moving her lips but silently. Chana prayed for a son who would be dedicated to G-d, trained to lead the Jewish People. We, too, pray for a leader.
You don't have to wait for a special time. Shiloh is open and available for visitors, tourists, pilgrims etc. The Tel is open for visitors, prayers and special events at all times. For more information, call the Tourist Office of Tel Shiloh, 02-994-4019.
There is now, also, a Coffee Shop--Gallery. Snacks, art work and souvenirs are for sale. Meals for groups can be arranged.