For almost three hundred and seventy years, from the time that Joshua (Yehoshua) moved the Mishkan (Sanctuary) to Shiloh, a town within the tribal area of Ephraim, until the Philistines captured the Holy Ark and decimated Shiloh, Shiloh was the spiritual focal point of the Jewish people. At the end of this three hundred and seventy year period, under the leadership of Eli, the High Priest (Kohen Gadol), there developed a weakening of Jewry’s connection to the Sanctuary at Shiloh, as the day to day running of its operations was under the auspices of Eli’s two sons, who were accused of gross violations of ethics and morals. As a result of this deteriorating situation, Eli and his family were cursed by G-d and the Sanctuary at Shiloh finally ceased to exist. That story as well as the story of the fate of Holy Ark after its capture by the Philistines, are the subjects of this lecture.
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