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Olive oil as part of the miracle of Hannukah

6 December, 2012 We are getting in the holiday season in Israel—Hannukah starts this Sunday at sundown. Eventhough we usually keep a healthy lifestyle, even we will indulge in the yummy treats fried in oil that are a traditional part of the celebration of this holiday.

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Protecting the Land of Israel

1 December, 2012 Here's a little explanation on why there wasn't a blog post for the month of November. Some of our team members, and especially those that update the blog, were called for emergency military reserve duty as part of Operation Pillar of Defense. Needless to say, they were away from the office and their home for a few weeks in order to help protect Israel.

We are proud of their service and beleive that missing a few blog posts is a small sacrifice to make for the security and safety of the country and its citizens. Hopefully the cease-fire will become longer term and the missile attacks will stop.

Sleep is an important part of staying healthy

23 October, 2012 Most adults need 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night. Modern life is at odds with good sleep habits. Our 24-hour-a-day entertainment culture, late-night food delivery, unusual working shifts and even electric lights are undermining what our bodies actually need!

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The four-species of Succot

3 October, 2012 The holiday of Sukkot (the Festival of Booths) features some celebrations that are unlike other Jewish festivals. In Hebrew the four species are called the “lulav” (the collective name for the bound palm, willow and myrtle) and “etrog” (citron). Their use is based on a very old interpretation of Leviticus 23:40.

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Yom Kippur in Israel is also good for the environment

25 September, 2012 Yom Kippur in Israel is unlike anywhere else. In the Jewish sections of the country, no businesses are open. Not a single store or restaurant serves the public. All transport—planes, trains, trucks, busses and cars—are off the roads, making way for pedestrians and cyclists. Whole families will walk or ride their bikes in the middle of the road—even in the middle of the largest freeway! But for just one day, Israel disconnects, slows down and breathes clean air, both physically and emotionally. Our souls are rejuvenated and ready to begin the new year in earnest

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Signs and Symbols of the New Year: Rosh HaShana in Israel 5773 - 2012

20 September, 2012 We are now between the holidays of Rosh Hashana (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement).

Festive meals on Rosh Hashana are celebrated across the generations (as attested to by the long lines in Israeli grocery stores!), and many people include symbolic foods as part of their feasting.

Honey-dipped apple slices are probably the best-known Rosh Hashana food. They symbolize the promise and sweetness of a new beginning. As we refresh our blog with the promise to bring you more on our favorite topics of health, nutrition and the Land of Israel, we leave you with the traditional apples-and-honey blessing: May God renew for all of us a good and a sweet year.

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Shavuot—The Festival of Weeks, the Holy Temple, and the Land of Israel

25 May, 2012 Literally translated as the “festival of weeks,” the holiday of Shavuot (also known in English as the Pentecost) comes at the end of counting seven complete weeks from the holiday of Passover. The counting marks the days between the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt (Exodus 12:31-42) to the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai (Exodus 19-20) that occurred seven weeks later. The 50 days (7 full weeks) between Passover and Shavuot, marking two emotional highs in the story of redemption, also represents an agricultural passage.

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45 years of a united Jerusalem

20 May, 2012 As the prophet Zechariah foretold thousands of years ago, “This is what the LORD Almighty says: “I will save my people from the countries of the east and the west. I will bring them back to live in Jerusalem; they will be my people, and I will be faithful and righteous to them as their God.” (8:8)

Sunday is Yom Yerushayalim (Jerusalem Day), one of Israel’s most recent celebratory days. It marks the day, in the midst of 1967’s Six-Day War, that Jerusalem was reunified under the Israeli flag.

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Yom Haatzmaut Israeli Independence Day-Prophecy coming to life

25 April, 2012 Today Israel celebrates its 64th birthday. What began in hardship and struggle in 1948, deep in the shadows of the Holocaust, eventually turned inspirational. Israel has tried to gather Jews from all corners of the Earth. Israelis have opened the land to visitors of many religions and cultures and established a vibrant nation unlike any other.

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Remembering the Holocaust in Israel on Yom HaShoah v'Gevura

19 April, 2012 Today is Yom HaShoah v'HaGevurah—Holocaust Remembrance Day—in Israel. With our most recent blog post, our team member Kate Stern shares her experiences of this day, both in the United States and in Israel. In her words, “Now it is up to all of us, the generations born and raised after the Holocaust, to remember both the deaths and the lives… Let us never forget.”

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Grapes in the Bible

30 March, 2012 Like many other ingredients in Galilee Nutritionals products, grapes have a strong connection to the Israel and the Bible. Modern Israel has a flourishing wine industry, but Biblical associations with wine go back to almost the very beginning of the Bible, where Noah plants a vineyard—and then suffers the effects of too much wine (Genesis 9). Wine is especially central at the Passover seder, which was likely Jesus’s Last Supper.

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Spring flowers in northern Negev Beeri

13 March, 2012 Recently, the news from southern Israel has been frightening and sad: Approximately one million Israelis, including people in the major cities of Beer Sheva and Ashdod, have been living under the threat of missiles fired from Gaza. Regular patterns of school, work and home life have been disrupted as residents are urged to stay within 15 seconds of bomb shelters or safe rooms.

Politics and security aside, we want to show you the beautiful side of this corner of the northern Negev desert. In full bloom after God’s gift of plentiful rains this past winter, farmers and day-trippers alike can revel in the wide swaths of green and gorgeous flowers.

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More blessed rain for Israel and the Holy Land

5 March, 2012 “Be glad, O people of Zion, rejoice in the LORD your God, for he has given you the autumn rains in righteousness. He sends you abundant showers, both autumn and spring rains, as before.” Joel 2:23
This winter in Israel is proving to be a truly blessed one. We are painfully aware that we live in near-desert conditions, and that the amount and quality of precipitation we receive is up to God.
We are thankful for the recent rains that have washed the country. Read more about the connection between the Bible and rain in Israel.

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Tu B’Shvat--The Birthday of the Trees

7 February, 2012 In Israel, the almond trees have started to bloom. Their beautiful blossoms are a symbol of the holiday of Tu B’Shvat. The fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Shvat, to which the name of the day refers, is known as the birthday of Israel’s trees. Tu B’Shvat has been a key to agriculture in the land of Israel—both before and after the founding of the modern state—because it begins the year for fruit-bearing trees. Fruits grown in the land of Israel could not be tithed until the fourth year.

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Winter rains bring wildflowers on the way to Jerusalem

24 January, 2012 With the winter rains here in Israel, the wildflowers are starting to bloom. We’ve put together some photos of wildflowers in bloom right now at Titora Hill, an archeological site believed to have been a “rest-stop” for pilgrims on their way to Jerusalem. Click to learn more and to see the photos.
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Olives in the Bible

10 January, 2012 Olives and olive trees have a long and storied history in the Mediterranean region. One of the seven species of produce associated with the land of Israel (Deut. 8:8)--like pomegranates--olive oil, in particular, was a key part of the local economy and played a large role in religious rituals. “The wise store up choice food and olive oil, but fools gulp theirs down” (Proverbs 21:20).

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Christmas in Bethlehem

25 December, 2011 We went to Bethlehem (yes, THE Bethlehem) on Christmas Eve to share the experience with you. You can see some photos on the blog and more on our Facebook page.
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Christmas Greetings from the Holy Land

21 December, 2011 Joining Christian communities all over the world, Christians in Israel will be honoring the birth of Jesus this coming Sunday. Adding to the spirit of joy, 30,000 Christian pilgrims from all over the world are expected to visit Israel during the 2011 Christmas season.

We want to commit to preserving the heritage that God has granted to us in Israel. Not only the spiritual foundations that touch the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths, but also the historical landmarks and natural beauty of this unique place.
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Modin - Maccabees and story of Hannukah

16 December, 2011 We are blessed to be able to use the Bible (and in this case, apocrypha) as our guide-book in Israel.

The Jewish holiday of Hannukah is around the corner, and we looked to Modiin, where the heroic part of the story of Hannukah starts.

“In those days arose Mattathias the son of John, the son of Simeon, a priest of the sons of Joarib, from Jerusalem, and dwelt in Modin.” (1Mac 2:1, KJV).

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Ancient port of Jaffa - mentioned in the Book of Jonah

9 December, 2011 It is amazing to be able to walk in the footsteps of the Bible. Here are photos of the Old City and ancient port of Jaffa. Or, in Hebrew/Arabic - Yafo. Or, as per the NIV translation, Joppa. You can really feel the history here. Take a look here, and there are more photos on the Galilee Nutritionals Facebook page.
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Pomegranates in Israel

16 November, 2011 Pomegranates are one of the fruits brought back by the 12 men Moses sends to “spy out” the land God has promised to the Israelites (Numbers 13). The distinctive globe-like shape of the pomegranate appeared on both the vestments of the high priest in Jerusalem’s Holy Temple and carved into Solomon’s Palace.
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Rain

24 October, 2011 I’m thrilled to report that the rains have arrived in earnest, with significant downpours over the weekend. Faith pushes us through to the next appearance of grey clouds and the next rumble of thunder. As God explains to the Israelites in Leviticus 26:4, “I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit.”
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Introduction - First blog post

2 October, 2011 Welcome to the Galilee Nutritionals blog. Here you can find frequent updates and additional information surrounding the three pillars of our company:
Health
Israel
Community
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