Paul Wilson (4 Apr 2011)
"Aviv Found in the Jordan Valley!"
Karaite Korner Newsletter #505
Aviv Found in the Jordan
On Wednesday March 30, 2011 Aviv was found in the Jordan Valley
at Tel Malkoach south of Beth Shean. A search in the Northern Negev on Thursday
March 31, 2011 only turned up cotton stage to worm stage barley but no Aviv. The
Aviv in the Jordan Valley is enough for the wave-sheaf to be brought during Chag
HaMatzot (Feast of Unleavened Bread) beginning April 18 at sunset. Pictures of
the Aviv barley in the Jordan Valley and the non-Aviv in the Northern Negev are
have been going around that Passover was supposed to be in mid-March and 30% of
the wheat was already harvested by the end of March. I went down to the Northern
Negev to investigate this and found that there was not a single field of
harvest-ripe wheat. Many fields were cut for silage (cow-feed) before the wheat
was fully ripe. We spoke to a dairy-farmer overseeing the harvest of unripe
wheat. He explained that due to a drought the farmers expected low yields of
seed and decided to sell off the unripe empty-headed grain as cow-feed. A video
with the (admittedly obnoxious) title "Wheat Harvest in Israel. Oh, Really?"
showing these fields and a brief interview with the cow-dude is posted at:
thanks to Israeli state-licensed tour guide Avinoam Marcus of http://ComingHome.co.il
We'll be looking for the new moon on Monday night at sunset.
Jerusalem, Israel for editing the video
and accompanying me on the followup Aviv Search to the Northern Negev. My thanks
to Yoel Halevi for accompanying me on the followup Aviv Search to the Jordan