Post 240: A Sacred Time Bitter Makes Me Better by Yehudis Golshevsky Pick Olives in Pnei Kedem tomorrow and Thursday 120 nis from 7am-4pm + lunch Good serious workers needed. Please call Michael 054-473-0652


This post has a common thread. Looking out to others brings attention away from ourselves. Self-focus is the source of bitterness. The olive is without use until it is pressed and goes through a transformation, a tempering of the bitter so to speak.

A Sacred Time

Bitter Makes Me Better

This month is often known as Marcheshvan—“Bitter Cheshvan.” On a simple level it can be seen as bitter because we’ve moved on from a month full of the festivals that have filled our lives with holiness and a deep connection to G-d. Tishrei was a month of focus on the Creator, and that’s what makes it so joyous. Marcheshvan drops us back down into our own agenda, and it’s a lesson for us—that self-focus is the source of bitterness.To figure out the way out of the bitterness, out of all bitterness, we can reverse the two letters that form the word “mar.” When we do that, we get “ram”—aggrandized, the “high” edifice of self. The more self-absorbed I am, the more bitter it’s going to be. And the more I’m able to get out of the prison of self, the happier I’m going to be. It’s that simple.

Dear G-d, help me never become embittered by the challenges that You send me. Empower me to embrace whatever I endure, because that’s going to temper the bitter and open me up to the sweet satisfaction of spiritual growth.

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Pick Olives in Pnei Kedem tomorrow and Thursday

(a) Ancient Lever based press 


  A reconstructed oil press, seen below,  was found in a 8th C BC four-roomed house above the palace in Tell Hazor.  This is a typical lever-based oil press which was in use in the Biblical periods. Later the oil press evolved into other types of machines.


   In this oil press, a stone weight was tied to the edge of the wooden lever, pushing the lever down. The use of a lever exerts a large force over a small distance. The force of the lever pushed a flat stone down on a basket, which contained the olives. The stone squeezed the basket, extracting the precious olive oil unto the round grooves of a basin stone. The juice flowed down along these grooves, out through an outlet in the basin, and down into a collecting vat. The olive juice contained water and oil. After a few days, the lighter oil in the juice floats above the water, and it is then collected and stored in jars.

Hazor, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site,  was one of the most important cities in the ancient Near East. Hazor is featured in Blog Post 205.

120 nis from 7am4pm + lunch

Good serious workers needed.
Please call Michael 054-473-0652 Michael is my friend Molly Ratner’s son-in-law.



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