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The history of grapes and their place in ancient religions

תהלים קד טו -וְיַיִן יְשַׂמַּח לְבַב אֱנוֹשׁ לְהַצְהִיל פָּנִים מִשָּׁמֶן וְלֶחֶם לְבַב אֱנוֹשׁ יִסְעָד Psalm 104:15  – wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and…

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The Many Benefits (Religious, Medicinal, Culinary) of Hyssop in Ancient and Modern Times

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. – תְּחַטְּאֵנִי בְאֵזוֹב וְאֶטְהָר;    תְּכַבְּסֵנִי, וּמִשֶּׁלֶג…

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What is Nataf (Stacte), the ancient ingredient used by Jewish priests in the biblical Temple?

[The Hebrew word nataf means “drop”, corresponding to “drops of water”] by Sudhir Ahluwalia Stacte, known in Hebrew as nataf, is one of the four ingredients…

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Save the Frankincense

by Sudhir Ahluwalia [Frankincense has been traded in the Middle East and North Africa for upwards of 5,000 years. It is believed that the Babylonians and…

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The Health Benefits of the Biblical Plant Galbanum

by Sudhir Ahluwalia Galbanum is mentioned in the medicinal works of Hippocrates and Pliny the Elder. Galbanum was one of at least 36 ingredients used by…

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Galbanum And Judaism: Its use in the ancient Jewish temple

By Sudhir Ahluwalia Ferula galbaniflua syn F gummosa is found in Iran, southern Russia, Afghanistan, and Turkey. It is a perennial that grows to a height of…

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Balm of Gilead

By Sudhir Ahluwalia This is one of the many sources of myrrh- a herbal constituent in the Holy Anointing Oil used to anoint the Tabernacle. C….

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Holy Herbs: Myrrh in the Bible

  By Sudhir Ahluwalia This is one of the four herb ingredients in the Holy Anointing Oil. Myrrh is the aromatic gum or resin that exudes…

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HERBS IN THE HOLY ANOINTING OIL

By Sudhir Ahluwalia As one of the most researched of ancient literatures, the Bible is a window into the life and practices of the people who…

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The Significance of the Pomegranate in Judaism and its Health Benefits

  By Gideon Many Jewish scholars believe that the pomegranate was the “forbidden fruit” of the Garden of Eden. The pomegranate is listed in the…

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