Sights and Insights: Before Jerusalem, there was Shiloh

13.09.2011                      14.Elul, 5771

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Sights and Insights: Before Jerusalem, there was Shiloh

As we approach the High Holidays, Tel Shiloh offers essential reminders of how places change over time, and how times change as well.

Local schoolchildren ate their lunches across the olive grove from my wife and me. Like the kids, we had come on a field trip to explore ancient Shiloh. Although our lunch was hardly a feast, it reminded me of the reasons that the Israelites initially came to this site. They came to the annual feasts to worship.
Ask most Americans where Shiloh is, and you’ll likely get a blank stare. Historians may point to a Civil War battle in Hardin County, Tennessee. Music buffs may start singing the chorus to a Neil Diamond song. But question someone who knows his or her Bible, and Shiloh means something far more significant….