Wisdom From the Olive Tree: Bringer of the Messiah

01/11/21

a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey;
Deuteronomy 8:8

A land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey❞  Deuteronomy 8:8

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An ancient Olive Press in Northern Israel (Shutterstock) | Notice anything strange about the color of these stones? They are black and porous – unlike the smooth white Jerusalem Stone seen elsewhere in Israel – because they were spewed forth from the depths of the Earth in a prehistoric volcanic eruption.

 

by Yoni Schwartzman

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An olive tree in Israel laden with ripe crop (Shutterstock)

Olive Trees have been grown in Israel for thousands of years. In times of antiquity, a stone press was used to crush the olives into oil which was used to cook, as skin and hair moisturizer, to light the golden menorah in the Temple, and even to anoint the kings of Israel! Today, ancient stone presses such as this one have been unearthed by archeologists and can be found throughout the country. We hope that all of us shall again merit a leader who will be anointed with pure olive oil; a leader who will guide the world into an era of peace.

 

Did you know that most of the oil that is pressed from an olive comes not from its pulp but from its pit? It is a beautiful reminder of the greatness within us all. When we judge someone harshly based on how they look on the outside, we too are fooled into thinking that their potential seems only skin deep, as is true with olives. May we be blessed to find the strength to judge everyone favorably: The strength to take the time to get to know people and nourish their inner light as a master craftsmen presses pure oil from the toughest, most inner part of the olive.

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