Christians Flock to Biblical Heartland During High Holiday Season

“And though the boy was still very young, she brought him to the House of Hashem at Shiloh.” (1 Samuel 1:24)

Biblically-connected Christians are flooding into Israel as the Jewish nation celebrates the High Holiday season. Especially for those living in the Biblical heartland, the presence and support of Christian tourists strengthens residents of Judea and Samaria and sends a message of unity as the nations of the world call for a Palestinian state to be built exactly where they live.

“Though Christians come and are welcomed all year round, those who are connected to Tanach (Hebrew Bible) recognize the particular significance of this time of year,” David Rubin, the former mayor of the Biblical city of Shiloh in Samaria, terrorism expert and founder of Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund told Breaking Israel News.

The High Holiday season starts with the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana (this year falling on September 21). During the Rosh Hashana prayer service, a famous Biblical parable set in Shiloh is read: the story of Chana coming to the Tabernacle in Shiloh to pray for a child, whom she will dedicate to serving God: the future prophet Samuel.

Excavations at the Biblical Tel Shiloh. (Wikimedia Commons)

Rubin personally speaks to Christian tourists who visit Shiloh all year round. From the day after Yom Kippur through Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles, he is already booked to speak to hundreds of visitors to the area.

“People who know the Bible, know that they must fight for the Biblical heartland to remain under Jewish sovereignty and their visits here strengthen those who live in this often contentious area,” noted Rubin.

With tourists coming regularly from the US, Canada, China, Scandinavia and practically every other country in the world, Rubin stresses the importance of their pro-Israel voices being heard, especially to prevent a Palestinian state. “Every person who stands with Judea and Samaria and makes clear that God gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people in order that they may be a light unto the nations is spreading Biblical truths,” he declared.

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He added, “One of the greatest ways to show solidarity with Israel and the Jewish people is by strengthening its children, who are Israel’s future and have suffered so much at the hands of Palestinian terrorists.”

David Rubin (Courtesy)

As an emphasis against the United Nation’s constant attempts to delegitimize the Jewish right to live in the Biblical heartland, visitors to Shiloh are generally brought to the exact spot where the ancient Tabernacle stood for 369 years and the place of Chana’s prayers. In addition, they tour the unique therapy projects provided by the Shiloh Israel Children’s Fund, which help to heal children traumatized by terror. “When visitors see first hand beautiful Jewish communities in and around Shiloh as well as the required therapies that ensure a healthy future for Israel’s children and the State of Israel, they understand that a terrorist state must not be created,” Rubin explained.

To emphasize the point, Rubin quoted from the Book of Judges.

In those days there was no king in Israel; Every person did what was right in his own eyes. Judges 17:6

“When everyone does as he pleases, there is divisiveness. The world has become more and more confused about good and evil, truth and falsehood, and more specifically, about who the Land of Israel belongs to. When people come to Shiloh, a message is sent out that the Jewish people inherited this Land from God. Standing with the children of the Biblical heartland is the most poignant expression of support for truth.”

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