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August 11, 2014 / conservadox

Dvar Torah- Ekev

This week’s Torah portion mentions that Israel is overflowing with grapes, pomegranates, wheat, barley etc (Deut. 8:8).  Why are these particular foods so important? 

Scharfstein focuses on wine and pomegranates. Wine is important because water was often scarce in the more arid parts of the land, and wine can be used as a substitute for water or be mixed with water.  Scharstein suggests that wine could also be used for pickling vegetables (though I’m not sure how) and that both wine and pomegranates can be used as folk remedies for various ailments.  



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