These and Those

Musings from Students of the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem


Posted on February 14, 2011 by Shibley

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As was indicated in my basil story, the Land of Israel yields all sorts of delicious and marvelous things. When I was in the Arava earlier this year, we were staying on a moshav where 60% of Israel’s peppers were produced. Driving throughout the northern third of the country, all sorts of greenhouses and fields are visible from the highways. Bananas, dates, oranges, olives, grapes, figs, are easy to spot. If you have the opportunity to go to Katzrin, you can find a good sampling of the fruits of Israel. Within a very short distance you can find olive oil, wine, chocolate, and beer factories, offering the products of Israel to locals and tourists alike. To say nothing of the intellectual and technological contributions of Israel, I am continually awed by the amount of produce that grows throughout Israel. The desert offers peppers, the mountains provide fine wines, all while the country is preoccupied with assuring its continued existence. Incredible yield.