Olives from Beit Lehem Haglilit .
(photo credit: NOA EVEN HAIM)
The olive has been associated with our people and our nation for millennia. Our state emblem features olive leaves with the menorah; olive leaves symbolize peace, central to the vision of our state. The olive also represents light; it was olive oil that burned in the menorah in the Temple.With the winter season soon upon us, this is a great time to get out into nature, especially on the weekends. I highly recommend attending the upcoming olive festival organized by the Galilee Development Authority and the Tourism Ministry. The olive festival has been an annual occurrence for 23 years, and this year’s event will continue until November 19 with a variety of events, including tours of olive groves and olive presses, olive picking, oil production workshops and food fairs offering locally produced items.