The red heifer
The red heiferBinyamin Regional Council

A red heifer recently brought to Israel was displayed at the Ancient Shiloh site in Binyamin Regional Council.

Two other heifers will be brought to the Research and Visitors Center at the site.

The completely pure red heifers will be housed at the Ancient Shiloh biblical heritage site in the Binyamin Regional Council. In the coming month a heritage center will be inaugurated at the site, with the goal of furthering research of the Red Heifer and promoting this heritage.

The heifer, which is a year and ten months old, is completely red and has never borne a yoke, in keeping with Jewish law. The heifer was brought to Ancient Shiloh as part of the Temple Conference, organized by the Binyamin Regional Council Torah Culture Department, and will be housed with the other two heifers. Hundreds of locals and visitors participated in welcoming the heifer, which everyone was excited to see. The heifer will be kept in a fenced enclosure to keep her safe and will not be accessible to visitors, except for viewing.

The heifer has been raised with meticulous care, to safeguard her purity, and was recently brought to Israel by special arrangement, by organizers at Ancient Shiloh and their partners.

The conference began Thursday with a festive “Temple meal,” of foods and breads similar to those prepared in Temple times. The meal, attended by some 250 guests, was held at Psagot Winery in Sha'ar Binyamin. The entire conference program was prepared in consultation with researcher Prof. Zohar Amar.

The Red Heifer Center is expected to attract many visitors and tourists not only from Israel but also from around the world. Sources at Binyamin Regional Council are hoping for a million visitors a year – who will also contribute to the local economy.

Binyamin Regional Council head Israel Ganz said: "The Ancient Shiloh site is continuing to grow and develop, and the Red Heifer Center will attract more visitors, up to one million a year, from Israel and around the world. This is good news for the Jewish world, for scientists and researchers, and for everyone, and we have the privilege of being a part of this historic moment."

Ancient Shiloh CEO Coby Mamo said: "This is an exciting and exceptional event for the entire Jewish People. The new center that will be dedicated here, and where the heifers will live, will provide visitors with an experience that will transport them into the ancient Jewish world. We are already in touch with researchers and with promoters around the world who are waiting to come here with large groups. We have returned to the site of the Tabernacle in Shiloh and are bringing back the Jewish past for the future of our people."

The red heifer
The red heiferBinyamin Regional Council