The Jewish Chronicle - - News -

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.

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