I Samuel 1:10
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10  In her wretchedness, she prayed to Hashem, weeping all the while.

v’-HEE ma-RAT NA-fesh va-tit-pa-LAYL al a-do-NAI u-va-KHOH tiv-KEH

י  וְהִיא מָרַת נָפֶשׁ וַתִּתְפַּלֵּל עַל־יְהֹוָה וּבָכֹה תִבְכֶּה׃

 1:10   In her wretchedness, she prayed to Hashem

Archaeological site of biblical Shilo

Chana is heartbroken because she has no children, and goes to pray at the Mishkan in Shilo.  The Mishkan stands in Shilo for three hundred sixty-nine years before the building of the Beit Hamikdash in Yerushalayim.  During that time, it serves as the central focal point of the national service of Hashem. Unfortunately, many of the Israelites ignore the Mishkan, and refrain from visiting it for the pilgrimage festivals. Therefore, according to the Sages when Elkana and Chana, who were prophets, make their pilgrimages, they travel along different routes each time, in order to encourage others to join them and to serve Hashem properly.  Established in 1978, contemporary Shilo is a thriving Jewish community built adjacent to the ancient site where the Mishkan stood and Chana prayed for a child. In addition to the fascinating archaeological site excavated by the Israel Antiquities Authority, modern Shilo contains several synagogues, one of which is built as a replica of the Mishkan. God continues to hear the prayers of His children in Shilo, the very same location where Chana taught her people how to pray.

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  • shelib

    I was pleased to see the update for our day and age:
    Established in 1978, modern day Shiloh is a thriving Jewish community, near where the Tabernacle stood and where Chana prayed for a child. It contains several synagogues, one built as a replica of the Tabernacle. God continues to hear the prayers of His children in Shiloh.
    It is especially meaningful to me to know that we are making places discussed in Tanach come alive all over the Land.

  • Ane Rika

    I am inspired by the power of prayer. God had closed her womb. Yet Chana conceived after persistent prayers.

    • Shira Schechter (Moderator)

      Indeed, there is great power in prayer. Chana’s prayer is considered a model prayer. In fact, many of the laws regarding how to pray are derived from her prayer.

  • Esther Mahabi

    Being childless in a marriage is hard for most women. It may be easier if a woman is the only wife and not another and especially if the other one is with children and not you. Having to compete for your husband’s love and affection with a rivalry is hard so one has to show the other that you too have got what it is to be a woman. But Chana has desired more than just a child. She wants a child who could be a child of Gd in every way. A child who could be trained by Gd himself and if a true blessing to the entire nation. Chana is a little mystical in this regard because she has conceived in her predicament a desire for a child who would go another extra mile to serve Gd and not just another ordinary child and she saw that only Gd can make her dream come true for that kind of a child. What a remarkable woman in her desire for that child in her union with her husband. A true blessing indeed.

    • Shira Schechter (Moderator)

      Chana was indeed a remarkable woman. In fact, she is considered one of the seven prophetesses along with Sarah, Miriam, Deborah, Abigail, Huldah and Esther.

I Samuel 1:10

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