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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:
This blog has been quiet, because I haven't been home. I was in America where the biggest news was cruelty to children, not that it doesn't happen in all countries. I even got to see some of G-d's wonders, the Grand Canyon and Sedona, but I didn't feel the holiness of Shiloh. As you can easily guess, I've written lots more on Shiloh Musings and me-ander. Here's today's message:
The Jewish Month of Elul, the month before Rosh Hashanna and Yom Kippur is traditionally to time for reflection, repentance, tshuva, but when you think about it, that should begin a month earlier, on the first of the month of Av.
This year it falls on August 1.
Av is a time of mourning the destruction of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple. Chazal, our sages tell us that the cause was the bad relations between fellow Jews. Because of this we enter a period of mourning from the 17th of Tamuz until the 10th of Av. It becomes most intense from the first of Av until the 9th.
For the past few years I've been inviting women to join me for Rosh Chodesh Prayers in Tel Shiloh. Shiloh is a traditional place for prayers. The Holy Tabernacle was located there for 369 years. It's where Biblical Chana successfully prayed for a son.
Women's Prayers at Tel Shiloh
Rosh Chodesh Av
Monday, August 1, 2011 9:30am
Dvar Torah, Short Torah Lesson ...
Please come, and invite family, friends and neighbors
ראש חודש אב בתל שילה
יום ב' 1-8 9:30
יהיה דבר תורה קצרנא לבוא, לפרסם ולהזמין חברות, משפחה ושכנות