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He immediately requested that the tour of the site – which dealt with municipal matters – be stopped, and led other MKs in a fervent afternoon mincha prayer.
The Uzbekistan-born MK Cohen is, like virtually all Jews named Cohen, a direct patrilineal descendant of the priestly families that served as kohanim, or priests, at the Holy Temples of Jerusalem, for about 1,000 years. The Temple was G-d's Sanctuary, and the place where Israelites from all over the Land of Israel and the world came to offer their tribute to the Creator. The priests – both Kohanim and Levites, were the ones in charge of running the Temple's services, receiving the offerings brought by the people and carrying out the sacrifices.
Before King Shlomo (Solomon) built the first Temple in Jerusalem, G-d's Sanctuary was a smaller structure, which stood in Shilo for over 350 years, according to tradition.
After the prayer, MK Cohen conferred the Priestly Blessing upon all those present – including MK Orit Struk (Jewish Home), whose idea it was to hold the tour, and MK Motti Yogev, also of the Jewish Home, as well as the Head of the Binyamin Regional Council, Avi Roeh.
"This is a place where all of the children of Israel should be brought,” proclaimed Cohen. “This is where the Sanctuary stood for almost 400 years, before the Temple was built in Jerusalem. This is where the roots of all of us are located.”
MK Amnon Cohen (Shas) had apparently never before visited the Jewish community of Shilo in central Samaria. The modern community is situated adjacent to the ruins of ancient Shilo, which served as the capital of Israel for centuries prior to David’s conquest of Jerusalem.
Archeologists have uncovered much of ancient Shilo, including the spot where the Tabernacle, the precursor to Solomon’s Temple, was located. Upon reaching that revered site, Cohen insisted that he, his fellow lawmakers and several other local officials participating in the tour stop what they were doing and pray.
“This is a place where all of the children of Israel should be brought,” Cohen was quoted as saying. “This is where the Sanctuary stood for almost 400 years, before the Temple was built in Jerusalem. This is where the roots of all of us are located.”
As a “cohen” (Hebrew for “priest”), Amnon Cohen is a direct descendant of the very Israelites who ministered at the Tabernacle in Shilo, and later at the Temple in Jerusalem.
PHOTO: Israeli officials tour the remains of ancient Shilo in central Samaria
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