Rosh Chodesh Shvat at Tel Shiloh, A Treat
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Thank G-d we've had some rain recently, maybe not enough but probably more than we deserve.
Today Rosh Chodesh Shvat, as has been my custom the past few years, I went to pray Tel Shiloh, where the Mishkan Tabernacle rested for for three-hundred-sixty-nine years, from the time of Joshua until the time of Samuel the Prophet. I went with a few other women. There probably were others there at the same time or a bit earlier or later, but Tel Shiloh is very large and hilly. You can have a few dozen people wandering around and never even see each other.
Just under three months ago, there had been a fire on the western side of the Tel, and we could still see signs of it. There was even a pocket that still smelled awful, as if the fire had just been a few days ago. Thank G-d there was a nice covering of greenery.
Granted that in a better, wetter year it would have looked like this two and a half months ago, but at lease we've had some rain. Also, this year winter will be longer, at least on the calendar. There will be two months of Adar, and G-d willing G-d will give us lots of rain. Here's a picture from Rosh Chodesh Tevet.
Next Rosh Chodesh, Adar Alef, the First Adar will be Friday, February 4. G-d willing the grass and weeds will be much higher and we'll see lots of wild flowers. The Jewish "leap year" is our chance to get exra rain, G-d willing.