In the foothills of Israel's Lower Galilee lie vast olive groves. Olives have a plethora of uses: as food, for medicine, cosmetics and soap. For the residents of Galilean villages olive oil production has a long history and tradition. Every year during the harvest season families in the area meet to harvest olives. In this way, the Galilee has become the center of impressive activities.
Fall is the harvest season of many products in Israel, including dates. Date palms are one of the oldest cultivated plants in the world. In the Torah, the name "Tamar", Hebrew for “date”, is mentioned several times as a girl's name but also as a metaphor for an attractive young woman. For example in the Song of Songs 7:8 "Your stature is like a palm tree". It is not a coincidence that Tamar is also one of the most popular female Hebrew names.
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.