We are right in the middle of Israel’s Fall High Holy Day season, and the grapes are abundant and ripe! We have already harvested 131.6 tons!
Last week, we celebrated the Biblical Feast of Trumpets (Leviticus 23) with the blowing of shofars, Hebrew Torah reading, and prayers. This weekend will be observing the Day of Atonement.
Right now, our first hardworking group of 3-week volunteers is heading out, and the next group of reinforcements is coming in. These special outgoing volunteers had the privilege of being the first ever HaYovel team to harvest in the Golan Heights. On the way home, they were rewarded with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee!
We are looking forward to seeing what the Lord does with this next group of 6-week folks, which includes many international harvesters from Australia, England, and South Africa!
Before taking off, the 3-week group was able to “go up” for a beautiful day touring “. . . Jerusalem, the city which the Lord did choose out of all the tribes of Israel, to put his name there” (I Kings 14:21).
During their tour, they had a special treat when Moshe Kempinski, our friend from the Shoreshim shop in the Old City, took them to a magnificent viewpoint atop the Aish HaTorah building, overlooking the Temple Mount and Mount of Olives.
After a full day in the city at the center of the world, including the Old City, Mount of Olives and Ben Yehuda Street, the group went back to Psagot Winery for a big going away party, where they enjoyed lots of good food, wine tasting, and several Israeli speakers and vineyard owners coming forward to sincerely thank them for their efforts in the vineyards!