Category Archives: Jordan Valley

Beit She’an and the divinities

Beith Shean vue du Tell

Beit She’an ” Scythopolis ” is certainly one of the most beautiful archaeological sites in Israel.

It was one of the ten cities of the decapole located around the Jordan river, a strategic crossroads of 40,000 inhabitants in Roman times and destroyed in 749 CE by an earthquake, the beauty of its vestiges keeps impressing me at each of my visits :

  • His theater (still used for events and shows),
  • Its public hot baths (the most important found to date in Israel),
  • The Cardo ” Palladius ” largely restored main alley adorned with magnificent columns,
  • The ” Nymphaeum ” monumental public fountain, adorned with sculptures and water games.
  • The Temple of Zeus, the King of the Gods whose crushed columns remind us of the relentless violence of this earthquake and of course many mosaics, some of which are exhibited at the Israel Museum in Jerusalem,
  • The magnificent reconstructed mosaic of the goddess Tyche, the Greek goddess of Good Fortune, holding the Horn of Abundance. It was stolen a few years ago, but a reconstruction was made and is exhibited on the site.

 

  • Goddess Tyche

    Goddess Tyche

Dionysus was also the protector of Beit Shean, the God of grape harvest, vinification and wine, ritual madness and fertility.

Legend tells us that the nymph Nysa nourished him and raised him during his childhood.

 

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DATES – Fruit of the Holyland

 palmiers dattiers

For all dates lovers….                                                                     

                                                                      DID YOU KNOW?

                               YOUR ARTERIES need DATES .. and they have all the qualities.

Israel is the country of dates. The Israeli Medjoul dates are the most coveted because of their softness, their flesh and their large size. They represent about 35 percent of the world market.

A sweet fruit, yet they do not raise cholesterol levels and even protect the arteries. They strengthen protection against heart attacks and stroke risk by lowering levels of triglycerides in the blood.

In the 1930’s the founder of Kibbutz Kinneret, Mr. Ben-Zion Yisraeli, made several trips to Egypt, Iraq, Kurdistan and Iran in search of date seedlings for transplanting in Israel. Nevertheless, the Medjoul varieties and Deglet Nour came decades later via California.

All varieties of dates are grown in Israel in areas that extend along the Jordan valley and the dattes 3Arava The Syrian-African fault that stretches from Lake Kinneret (Sea of Galilee) in the north and the Dead Sea in the south, offers the perfect conditions for growing hot dates.

The high temperatures are necessary for the fruit to ripen, and palms also need a lot of water. This is not always sufficient, but fortunately these trees develop easily with water even slightly salty and recycled water.

The harvest season of dates starts in late July and ends in October

According to scientific research, the pomegranate, grapes and olive oil are the three foods that can limit heart attacks and cerebral accidents. For a long time, the date did not have a good reputation among nutritionists: “They were suspected to be cholesterol bombs,” says one researcher. Yet the results are formal: eating 100 grams of dates daily for the period of one month does not raise the sugar level in the blood for even an inch. Instead, cholesterol is found decreased.

Remember the Rambam – Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) A Doctor and a Jewish philosopher as well as an Andalusian Rabbi .. To him the word health (in Hebrew BRIOUT) meant:

1- B- “Bolem” mitigate R- “rogzo” anger
2- I-  “iafchit” reduce O- “ochlo” his diet
3- U- “viagbir”  increase T- “tnouato” movement

The three principles of the Rambam remain valid.

Epidemiological studies have shown that risk factors for cardiovascular diseases which are primarily responsible for mortality are:

– Smoking, hyperlipidemia (high cholesterol A and / or detriglycéride)
– Hypertension,
– Diabetes, abdominal obesity,
– Stress, low daily intake of fruits and vegetables
– Lack of exercise, excessive alcohol consumptions

All of these risk factors can be reduced or eliminated.
           

                          Besides, did Einstein himself not nod to the medical by declaring:

                                 “A clever person solves problems, a wise person avoids them.”

 

A dates palm tree

A dates palm tree