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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:
Tammuz 17, 5771, 7/19/2011
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.