Grapes were initially grown in Israel for consumption but quickly became adapted for wine making which became a major industry in ancient Israel. Ancient wine presses can still be found around the country. Wine was mentioned in the Bible and played an essential role in the Temple service.
“In the Mishna it is said that after the destruction of Yerushalayim, the Jewish leadership migrated to Yavne, and that the Chachamim (sages) of Yavne lived in a vineyard and studied Torah. The excavation shows a continuum of the existence of the wine industry at the site over many centuries of years”
A team of agricultural researchers in northern Israel is attempting to increase the concentration of beneficial compounds in red wine, without affecting the taste.
“There are few things as difficult and intractable as Middle East politics, and the presence of Israeli settlements in the West Bank raises difficult, deeply felt and sensitive political issues,” wrote Justice Anne Mactavish.
The Bible clearly tells us that Shabbat (the Sabbath) is an eternal covenant and a sign between God and the Children of Israel, a testimony to the fact that God introduced the concept of rest on the seventh day.
Grapes have been cultivated for making wine since the time of Noah or even before. Although alcohol got the man of the Ark into trouble, wine indeed gladdens the heart of humankind and is a way for people to celebrate as long as they don’t overdo it and get intoxicated.
.וְשַׁבְתִּי, אֶת-שְׁבוּת עַמִּי יִשְׂרָאֵל, וּבָנוּ עָרִים נְשַׁמּוֹת וְיָשָׁבוּ, וְנָטְעוּ כְרָמִים וְשָׁתוּ אֶת-יֵינָם; וְעָשׂוּ גַנּוֹת, וְאָכְלוּ אֶת-פְּרִיהֶם I will restore My people Yisrael. They shall rebuild ruined cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink their wine; They shall till gardens and eat their fruits. ve-SHAV-tee et sh-VUT a-MEE YIS-ra-el u-VA-nu a-REEM ne-HSA-mot va-YEESH-vu […]
A young British-Israeli with Indian origins and an artistic heritage, Solmon Souza, has created special, limited-edition, Rosh Hashanah paintings. Souza is the artist-in-residence for The Israel Innovation Fund (TIIF), an organization creating relevant programs to showcase Israel’s diverse culture.
With the rise to prominence of Israeli wine in the last few decades, Israeli wineries have branded themselves through unique initiatives created at the nexus of the Start Up Nation and the ancient Jewish tradition of winemaking.
This delicious mix of cultures – a result of the prophetic ingathering of the exiles – and the focus on local ingredients are not just trends in Israel, but part of its DNA.