A highlight of the day for me was being with longtime friends. Each one lit up and hugged me like I’ve never been hugged.
Many don’t come to this area because it is on what the world calls the west bank. I have been bringing groups here since 1986. And in that time, I’ve developed relationships with some of the most remarkable people living here in Shomron (Samaria).
First, we went to the Eshel HaShomron, a hotel built in Ariel, the capital city of Samaria. Longtime partners, Menachem and his wife, Tova, along with their dear friend Tuvia, built this place because they deeply believe in fulfilling Scripture. One can see the fulfillment of Jeremiah 31 in particular. The return of Ephraim. The planting of grape vines, etc.
It was the first time I’d seen them since the passing of Tova, Menachem’s wife. They hugged me, seemingly like they would never let go.
So many of you have gone with me to this place and heard Tova and Menachem describe the separate terrorist attacks they survived.
Estee’s and Nissim’s
Tomorrow is a big day for me, so I want to get to bed earlier. But for those of you who have gone with me (some many times), I have to tell you I got even more hugs and kisses as we shopped in their little, but amazing, shop. It was the same story here as elsewhere. Businesses are hurt. Tourists are not coming. And Israelis are otherwise occupied …
(We prayed with Nissim for his health. Those of you who know them, please pray in agreement with us.)
The group explored this amazing site where the Tabernacle with the Ark of the Covenant stood for 369 years. And they loved it.
We only received clearance to visit the site last evening.
Shelli and I and one other friend stayed to visit in the shop there. Mariah, whom we’ve known for years (before that we knew her father) said, “Do you want to see the red heifers?”
I said, “Where are they?”
She said, “They decided to keep them here at Shiloh.”
Jews believe that the Third Temple will have to be cleansed with the ashes of a red heifer upon whose body not even two hairs of another color can be found.
Their long search has located these three and brought them to Shiloh from Texas.
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