What most people don’t know about our community is that it is green. In lieu of Tu B’shvat and the holiday of planting trees, we want to share with you some of the projects done here based on an ideology of being kind to the Land Hashem gave us, the only Land in the world. Itamar has been the vanguard in organic farming for over a decade now providing fresh organic products like free range eggs to all of Israel. Tel Avivians who don’t necessarily align themselves with us when they vote all vote for Itamar products. Fresh organic goat and cow yogurts, cheeses, olive oil, hothouse vegetables and honey all grown on the fertile ground doubly blessed in the land of Yosef HaTzaddik. There is even an organic fishpond here and advanced hydroponic methods of growing food that is healthy to the body and to the ground. It goes without saying that the people that live here recycle, mulch and even save rain water for the dry months of the long summer. As we prepare the Land for the ingathering of the exiles, the value of “guarding and keeping it” are the banner we hold dearly here on Itamar. Enjoy the new pictures of our children planting flowers at the entrance of our new library inaugurated today. Special thanks again to our dear friends of Itamar for making this happen!
We had several visitors this week (Jeffrey Schwartz, a dear old friend from Manhattan NYC, and cherished Danielle Goldberg from the 5 towns, NY) who were amazed to see how Itamar has grown including the advanced state of our Beit Knesset, Beit Midrash and campus, and even the small airport- yes, someone here has a plane! It is a 2 seater, but we hope one day the pilot can get a bigger plane and fly you in to visit!
We are happy to announce that one million trees are being planted in Israel today in commemoration of Tu B’ishvat! Watch Rabbi Goldsmith’s lesson on Tu B’Shvat.
Enjoy Rabbi Moshe’s Torah thoughts on this week’s parsha!