Rami's Israel Cheese Guide - 3

Cheese Shop - Mahane Yehuda Market JerusalemShavuot (Feast of Weeks, or Penetecost) is celebrated seven weeks after Passover)and is the third ancient agriculture holiday in the Jewish tradition. Shavuot celebrates the first fruits of the harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai.


The culinary tradition associated with Shavuot is the eating of dairy foods. There are many explanations (some religious and some agricultural) associated with this tradition but I will mention two of my favorites here: firstly, Shavuot falls at the season of the year with most milk production and secondly, the white clean color of milk is associated to the holy ceremony of the acceptance of the in Mount Sinai.


All the dairies in Israel (and on top of 3 huge ones and around 10 smaller ones there are about 100 of them in all) are preparing for Shavuot special events.

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Qasr al Yahud - Baptismal Site now Open


The Jordan River at Qasr al Yahud
Qasr al Yahud
(The Jews' Castle or Palace) is a site on the banks of the Jordan River not far from Jericho.  Christian tradition associates Qasr al Yahud with the site of Jesus' baptism by Matthew (Matthew 3) and it has been revered as such from at least the fourth century. There are many monasteries and churches in the area testifying to the long religious tradition at Qasr al Yahud. In Jewish tradition the crossing of the Jordan by the Children of Israel under Joshua (Joshua 3) must also have taken place in this general area. It is also associated with the site where Elijah handed over the prophecy to Elisha and rose to heaven on a fiery chariot (2 Kings 11)


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