Israelis enjoy their land of honey

Wednesday, September 12, 2012 |  Israel Today Staff

The Land of Israel was famously described in the Bible as a land flowing with milk and honey. That holds as true today as it did in the time of Moses and the Exodus, and Israelis have been busy the past two weeks enjoying that honey.

Honey is a major component in the celebration of Rosh Hashanah - the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown next Sunday. So it is fitting that in the weeks leading up to Rosh Hashanah, Israel hosts an annual nationwide Honey Festival.

Israeli families flock to locations throughout the country (most of them honey-producing villages) to sample the produce and learn the history of honey-making in the Holy Land.

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Many of these villages have built special facilities just for the annual Honey Festival, including massive glass-sided bee hives where visitors of all ages can witness the process first-hand. Some have even constructed replicas of Bible-era villages where visitors can learn how their ancient ancestors produced honey.

There are also plenty of activities for the little ones, including sculpting with beeswax, making bee costumes, and, of course, eating lots of honey.

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