Something You Don’t Know About Itamar

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Itamar is the site of Israel’s largest organic egg farm, Givat Olam. The name means Hill of the World. Here is a picture of the happy chickens.

Happy Israeli organic chickens

On the same site, they’ve now discovered an ancient (at least 3000 year old) wine press and evidence of the production of wine on the site and that is directly in accordance with Jewish traditions of viniculture in this area.

There is also, now, once again a flourishing industry of viniculture in the area. The scientists at the Israeli ministry of agriculture, when asked 20 years ago, said the area wasn’t suitable for vines. Jeremiah and archeology said differently so enterprising Jews ignored government advice and planted vines. I “enjoyed the fruit” of a particularly fine Merlot at lunch on the mountain!

Jeremiah 31:5

King James Bible (Cambridge Ed.)
Thou shalt yet plant vines upon the mountains of Samaria: the planters shall plant, and shall eat them as common things.

New International Version (©1984)
Again you will plant vineyards on the hills of Samaria; the farmers will plant them and enjoy their fruit.

Below is a video of David Ha’ivri (who accompanied me when I visited) explaining this on the site.

You might also be interested in this post about The Blaze and GBTV.


Brian of London

Brian of London is not the messiah, he's a very naughty boy. Since making aliyah in 2009, Brian has blogged at Israellycool. Brian is an indigenous rights activist fighting for indigenous people who’ve returned to their ancestral homelands and built great things.

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