Olive oil

Olive Branch – Symbol of Peace

is one of the seven species of the Land of Israel. Since ancient times, Jews
in different cultures have used olive oil for medicinal purposes. Folklore
relates that the Rambam drank a glass of olive oil each morning.

  • Indian Jews smeared babies with
    olive oil before bathing the child in order to strengthen skin and bones.
  • Syrian
    Jews recommended that pregnant women drink olive oil for good luck.
  • Tunisian and
    Jews used olive oil for massage and prevention of back ache.
  • Morrocan
    Jews recommended olive oil to ease joint pains. Coughing babies were given
    a mixture of olive oil and honey.
  • Iraqi Jews
    believed that a daily tablespoon of olive oil prevented headaches, loss of
    appet ite, sleeplessness, and digestive ailments.
  • Yemenite
    Jews> rubbed olive oil on the head to prevent hair loss and dandruff.
    A daily spoonful prevented the flu.
  • Ashkenazi
    Jews dripped warmed olive oil into aching ears!

  • Green throughout the year, olive trees
    are a popular source of shade. Olive trees bloom in the spring and early
    summer, bearing small white flowers. All olive buds start out green. As they
    ripen, some remain green, while others turn purple, red and black. The fruit
    is harvested in the autumn, between October and December.

    At Moshav Bnei Darom, a communal
    agricultural settlement of the National Religious Movement, the olive industry
    is booming. Most of the olives are harvested from trees grown south of the
    moshav in the desert and irrigated with 10,000 year old underground
    The oil, however, is cold pressed at Bnei Darom. Visitors
    to the olive press learn about the qualities, history and properties of the
    olive fruit, as well as how to identify real olive oil – don’t be fooled
    into buying the phoney stuff! For a complete experience, you can make your
    own olive oil.

    During Chanukah each year, Bnei Darom
    hosts an Olive Festival — an original way to mark the Festival of Lights.
    Olive oil is an indispensible part of Chanukah when olive oil is used to
    light the Menorah. During the Festival, participants learn how to differentiate
    between real and fake olive oil, learn about olive oil’s health properties
    and history, and taste different varieties of olive oil.

  • tips

    a Bar or Bat Mitzvah party at Bnei Darom. Your guests can crush their own
    olives and make olive oil to be eaten on site with pita bread baked in open-air
    ovens. A concluding group activity can be creating individual copper engravings
    or etchings to commemorate the day!
    NOTE: Olive-making parties may be held only during the
    olive season, from October to December.


    Near Ashdod on Route 41, just east of Route 4. Entrance to Bnei Darom on side
    of Route 41. Once inside Moshav Bnei Darom, make a right into the factory
    area. Park. Enter building on right.

    Advance reservations required.
    Tel: 08-851-5539. 050-758-877.
    E-mail: @The
    for further inquiries.

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