Shavuot begins after sunset on May 19
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Commemorating both when the first fruits were harvested and brought to the Temple, and the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai, Shavuot is a time we are encouraged to give and reflect on the gift of Torah and the gifts that the earth provides. Shavuot is also an exciting holiday for vegetarians, since it is a tradition to eat at least one dairy meal on Shavuot. This makes Shavuot an excellent opportunity to educate about the benefits of limiting meat consumption, and consuming sustainable and ethical fruit and dairy.
Byzantine pigeon poop greened the Negev
By Brian Blum for Israel21c
Researchers determine that pigeons raised in the south of Israel were prized for their droppings, not their meat.
Byzantine farmers in the Negev desert raised pigeons 1,500 years ago not for their meat but for their excrement.
Israel to Rehabilitate Dried-Up Rivers With New Desalination Plants
Israel’s Ministry of Energy and Water announced Monday that two new desalination plants will be built to offset the deficits of an extended five-year drought that has left Israel’s sensitive water sources at their lowest levels in nearly 100 years.