We Need A Samuel The Prophet NOW!
By Batya Medad
8/1/2008, 12:00 AM
Batya MedadNew York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after...
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We'll be there this Monday, the 3rd of Av, August 4, 9:45am.
In Biblical Days, Shiloh was the central city, because the Mishkan, the Tabernacle, rested there, here. It was the time of the Judges, when everyone did what they thought was right in their own eyes, or like what kids say today:
מה שבא לי
Ma shebah li
What I feel like doing
It took a strong, righteous woman, Chana, to pray to G-d in Shiloh, for a son who would bring some order to the Hebrew Nation. She didn't want a child for her own maternal urges. G-d gave her the son she had prayed for, and when that son was old enough, she brought him back to Shiloh to be trained by Eli, the Priest.
It was Shmuel (Samuel) who anointed Saul, the first king. And when Saul proved unfit for the job, Shmuel searched the nation for David, of the tribe of Judah. We needed a Judah, fearless before the Egyptian officer when protecting his youngest brother.