DEAR NEW FARM:
Can you tell me if the farmers in Israel will be beginning their
barley harvest this month or next month?
We asked The New Farm writer Yigal Deutscher, who recently visited
six communities in the Holy Land and wrote about his experiences.
“I am no longer in the country
but I believe the harvest will be next month, sometime during mid-April.
The holidays usually connect with agricultural dates, but since
this was a leap year on the Hebrew calendar, things are a bit confusing.
“Usually, Passover begins the ‘Omer
counting’ which marks 50 days before the conclusion of the
barley harvest and the commencement of the wheat harvest. The end
of the counting is a holiday called Shavuot, which is also the ‘festival
of the reaping.’ This year, Passover comes out a bit late
due to two months of ‘Adar’ preceding ‘Nissan,’
the month of Passover."
I hope this helps,
us with comments, suggestions and questions.