Branching out

From the Arava to Ein Zivan, shady picnic spots are a part of the country’s history.

March 21, 2013 12:18
The Natur Winter Pool comes alive in spring.

Cyprus. (photo credit: Shmuel Bar-Am)


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“The Lord said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt.... Tell the whole community of Israel that on the 10th day of this month, each man is to take a lamb for his family... all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.... That same night they are to eat the meat....

Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire – with the head, legs and internal organs.” – Exodus 12:1-9 Whenever possible, Israelis pack up their portable grills and head for the great outdoors. Indeed, the mangal, or outdoor barbecue, is often called the Israeli national pastime. And it all dates back to the first Passover, when God commanded the Israelites to slaughter a lamb at midnight, and told them exactly how it should be cooked.


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