On September 25, 2014 the sabbatical year begins in Israel. It is also called the "Shmita year" or a year that the land is allowed to lie fallow. During a "shmita year" Israeli farmers will not harvest or cultivate the land or prune any trees for an entire year.
"Also on the day of the first fruits, when you present a new grain offering to the
Lord in your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation; you shall do no
laborious work." (Numbers 28:26)
The Jewish holiday of Shavuot was celebrated yesterday. According to Jewish
tradition Shavuot is the day the Children of Israel received the Torah at Mt. Sinai.
According to the Talmud God gave the Ten Commandments to the Jews on the sixth night
of the Hebrew month of Sivan. Shavuot always falls 50 days after the second night of
Israel is a country with limited agricultural land but nonetheless continues to produce top-quality Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot wines. Since biblical times Israel was known as a region that produced quality wine. Archeological excavations have unearthed over 20 ancient wine presses more than 2100
years old in the Jerusalem Hills. Historians have uncovered evidence that Israel exported wine throughout the Mediterranean and Asian trading routes.