Love of the Land

For the week ending 17 November 2007 / 7 Kislev 5768

Tel Rechov Bee Honey in the Land of Milk and Honey

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
The Color of HeavenArtscroll
Although the Torah's description of Eretz Israel as the "Land of Milk and Honey" was a reference to the honey-like date fruit rather than bee honey, it may well be that honey-making from beehives was once a local industry.

Recent archeological excavations at Tel Rechov in the Bet She'an Valley uncovered the oldest known beehive colony in the Middle East. According to Carbon-14 calculations these beehives date back close to 3,000 years.

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