THE JEWISH PRESS
ISRAELI FARMERS observing shmittah, the sabbatical year during which land lies fallow, need vast compensation, according to the Jewish Tribune. “We need to find another £6m for farmers soon,” Rabbi Azriel Schechter, who heads the European operation of Keren Hashevi’is, which supports shmittah-observant farmers, tells the paper. In a trip to Israel he was particularly impressed by one fruit-grower who chained his tractor to a tree to ensure observance.
Also observant, albeit about 30,000ft above sea level, were a group of strictly Orthodox passengers, spotted by the Jewish Telegraph, who took part in the first in-flight minyan on Thomsonfly’s new Manchester-Tel Aviv route. Apparently, Jewish passengers are “constantly thanking the cabin crew as if somehow they were personally responsible for the introduction of the route”.
When you land in Israel, you are likely to find that the country is in the grip of a fitness craze, says the Jewish News. Columnist Gayle Rinot says she has been “huffing and puffing to make my legs look like Marilyn Monroe’s”. Help to achieve her ambition is at hand. Organic foods are filling supermarket shelves, particularly in Netanya; exercise classes and gyms are jam-packed; and talk of health clubs and body-sculpting is all the rage.