Daily Israel Report

Women Renew an Ancient Tradition of Dance in Shiloh

Hundreds of women came out last night to dance and celebrate the Tu B'Av holiday on the biblical site of Shiloh, renewing an ancient tradition.
By INN Staff courtesy of Binyamin Regional Council
First Publish: 7/27/2010, 9:29 AM / Last Update: 7/27/2010, 9:52 AM

Hundreds of women came out last night to celebrate the Tu B'Av (15th of Av) holiday on the biblical site of Shiloh in the Benjamin region, renewing an ancient tradition. For centuries, the young women of Shiloh would go out to the vineyards and orchards and dance on the joyous holiday of Tu B'Av. Last night, the women returned to the orchards in a multifaceted celebration of dance, organized by the Benjamin Regional Council.

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Women participated in various dance workshops including modern dance, belly dancing, flamenco, and finally a central dance in the main square overlooking the site of the ancient Mishkan (Tabernacle) of Shiloh. The evening culminated with an exciting performance of the dance troupe Noga.

Tziona, a participant in the festival, described the experience to Israel National News. "The workshops were amazing," she said. "I learned how to dance Flamenco style from a true expert. The Noga dance troupe, comprised of religious women, put on a talented and surprisingly modern performance. Afterwards, it was really uplifting to dance together with my good friends – it was so much fun."

Organizer Tamar Asraf said, "For a moment, hundreds of women were able to stop the race of life, to connect to themselves, to remove the partitions, and to renew the holiday of Tu B'Av where it all began – here in Shiloh."