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House of Silence

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Ronnymarcus wrote a review Jun 2013
Jerusalem, Israel62 contributions88 helpful votes
The House of Silence! SHHH! We are almost there A place for self-reflection and meditation. Let me say on the outset that I am one of those people who love parties, good music, good food and wine, and everything the world has to offer. I have never studied Yoga, Meditation, Tai-Chi, or any of the related spiritual "ways of life". I was on the road one day, looking for a great place to stop and take a 5 minute rest from my intense driving. I passed the sign that pointed to Neve-Shalom. I had heard of this little village, whose inhabitants consist of Jews, Moslems, and Christians who live together in peace and harmony. My curiosity got the better of me and I thought that there is no time like the present to check it out. I turned the wheel of my old car and found myself on a lonely little side road that led me up an even lonelier hill. I parked my car and looked around. I saw a few people here and there and then it hit me! Everyone was smiling. I approached a young lady and asked her if there was anywhere that I could sit and enjoy the afternoon sun. Without saying a word she pointed down the street and smiled and then she gestured to carry on to the end of the street. I was not prepared for what happened then. I saw a tiny wooden sign that said : "The House of Silence". This was a small round room with large glass windows on one side facing the view of what can only be described as : "The garden of Eden". The door was unlocked as it always is. I entered the room . In the center was a rock with a small plant on it in a vase. The remains of candles were placed on this rock as well. Around the rock there are a few staw mats. Around the mats, against the inner wall of this rotunda , there were a few straw stools. I chose one of the stools, sat down, and after what seemed like 10 minutes, my eyes opened to view the evening sunset. My watch, (Don't tell anyone I had a watch), suggested that I had been there for over two and a half hours. I later learned that people come alone or in groups for Meditation, Workshops, Reflection, Yoga, or anything else that is done in absolute silence. It is open to the public at no cost other than respecting the place and those who use it. I have returned a few times since then and I will return again. There are no street signs or advertisements pointing to the place but all are welcome. Access to the village is at the turn-off to Neve- Shalom, about 1km from the Latrun intersection, (road number 3 ), between Latrun and Nachshon. The village also hosts a small hotel, B&B, and spiritual center
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Date of experience: June 2013
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