One of my absolute favorite experiences that I’ve recently started doing is bringing my travelers on a Foodie Tasting Tour of Jerusalem’s famous Shuk, Mahane Yehuda. It’s Israel’s version of a farmer’s market but with more depth and soul.
With our friendly local guide, we taste and learn our way through this famous market and the different cultures represented there.
And spices. Oh my goodness, the spices and flavors are incredible and some are only found in Israel. Za’atar…ever heard of it? What about hyssop that’s mentioned in the bible? That’s another name for za’atar.
See?, even the food points us to some level or notion of spirituality.
A tour of the Shuk is a unique experience that most tours don’t offer. Actually no tours that I know of. I once read that a Rabbi in Israel said, when you eat food grown by Jews in Israel, you are eating proof of God’s promise to bring His people back to their ancestral homeland in preparation for the Final Redemption for all of mankind.“But you, mountains of Isra’el, you will sprout your branches and bear your fruit
for my people Isra’el, who will soon return.” Ezekiel 36:8
We are living in the day of the words of Ezekiel coming to pass, just as promised.
How’s that for soul food?