All over Israel the trees are heavy with pomegranates. This amazing fruit is desirable for its healthy, antioxidant qualities. The word pomegranate, “rimon” in Hebrew, is derived from the Latin words “pomum” (apple) and “granatus” (seeded). We read in Exodus 28:33-34, that the kohanim are told to weave pomegranates into the hem of their robes, and right up to today, Jews eat pomegranates on Rosh Hoshanah (New Year) for its symbolism of fruitfulness, knowledge, learning, and wisdom. Some even claim it was the “forbidden fruit” in the garden of Eden. A search on the internet produces a wealth of interesting articles (and great recipes).
You can make juice, shakes, cocktails, jams, jellies, marinades and sauces for lamb or chicken, throw it over your cereal, mix it into yogurt, or toss it into a salad for a marvelous taste. The culinary ideas are endless, as are the stories. One interesting story is about the link to the 613 “mitzvahs” (commandments) of the Torah. It is said that if you count the seeds in a pomegranate you will find exactly 613–one for each mitzvah. If anyone takes the time–let us know how many you found! Good Health and Good Eating!
Everyone in Israel, and in many countries around the world have heard the name Gilad Shalit. What parent would not feel pain for the Shalits in their struggle to have their son returned? They say he is hidden underground–Try to imagine what it must be like for him. After the rescue of the miners in Chile, it is said that they (the miners) will suffer emotionally–What of Gilad Shalit?
Gilad Shalit has “never” been visited by the Red Cross or any international aid agency. Indeed, the only sign of life has been a single video which was only released after Israel “paid a price”.
When the highly publicized “Humanitarian Flotilla for Gaza” attempted to break through to Gaza they refused a simple request made by Mr. Shalit to accept a letter to be delivered to his son. If they were really “Humanitarians” as they claim, Why would they Refuse this “humanitarian” request?
Meanwhile, Hamas and PA areas have Graffiti picturing the suffering boy as an aged man; posted this video showing the suffering of the father trying to free his son–with the end showing a coffin being unloaded in front of Mr. Shalit. Even more insidious is another video clip giving the impression of Gilad’s Execution. They use these emotional ploys for their own evil designs. They are asking for the release of thousands of murderous terrorists to an area where they would be free to kill again. What country would accept such terms?
Regardless of whether one loves or hates Israel, what is being done to Gilad is cruel and inhuman. And yet, money and supplies go into Gaza daily, people all over the world demonize Israel and hold up the flags of Hamas and the PA–the new “cause”.
By turning our backs on this abomination we are no better than the terrorists who are behind this madness–one day we will all have to face The Creator to answer for our omissions as well as commissions.
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