Today's verse comes at the very end of the famous story of Noah and the flood. For 40 days and nights, endless storms brought unbelievable amounts of rain to the world, thus destroying the wicked within. Only Noah and his family, along with pairs of each animal that lived, were merited to be saved from the torrential downpour. When the storm finally let up, Noah sent a dove to explore whether there was any dry land to embark upon. When she brought back a simple olive branch, Noah knew the time had come to leave the ark that had protected them for so long. The olive branch not only represented an end to destruction, but brought with it a spark of hope, a chance to renew the world. Throughout the Hebrew Bible, olive oil is used to anoint leaders, in the Holy Temple, or even to accompany meals, showing this message of renewal and of promise should be a part of our every day. Using only the finest olives grown in Northern Israel, Galilee Green provides the sweetest oil to patrons all over the world, helping each and every individual internalize this message and deepen their connection to the Holy Land.
The olive tree is one of the most recognized vegetations that grows in the Holy Land. Bearing the same fruit used by our Biblical ancestors, as well as one of the seven holy species of Israel, seeing a single olive reminds us of times of old.
Yesterday's photo by Noam Chen featured the spectacular Hula Valley which lies in Northern Israel just below the Lebanon border. A sanctuary for hundreds of species of different animals, the nature reserve is a popular site for birdwatchers who gather at the valley once a year to witness the incredible migration of birds from all over the world who make the Hula Valley a safe rest stop along their journey.
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